Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh, in southern Ireland. A highly respected ornithologist and ecologist, he has 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 bestselling 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 the national chairman of BirdWatch Ireland, the Irish equivalent of the Audubon Society, and is a former director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.