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Jim Wilson


Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh in the south of Ireland. He is a highly respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 40 years’ experience in Ireland, Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Antarctic, and the Arctic. Before setting out as a full-time freelance wildlife author, tour guide, and broadcaster, Jim had a career in medical laboratory science and pathology IT administration. He has written a number of best-selling books - ‘The Birds of Ireland – A Field Guide’, ‘Irish Garden Birds’ and ‘An Identification Guide to Irish Whales and Dolphins’. In 2015 he co-produced the ‘Antarctic Wildlife Guide’ App, the first photo-ID guide app to the birds, whales, dolphins, and seals of the region. As well as being involved in many national and international conservation projects, he set up the long-running national Irish Garden Bird Survey. He was national chairman of Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland’s equivalent of the Audubon Society and is a former director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group