Over the last month or so, I’ve been involved with Deadly Days Out; a roadshow which is touring the country alongside CBBC’s Live ‘n’ Deadly.
Working back stage, my role is to prep animals for the performers (Steve Backshall, Mark Amey and James McKay) so that they can transition between species on stage as smoothly as possible. This has meant that I’ve had the chance to get up-close and personal with some impressive creatures! Among them have been two species of eagle owl, a variety of hawks, a slew of reptiles and a giant pouched rat called Norman.
Having already visited Birmingham, Cwmbran, Northampton and Liverpool with the tour, I’m taking a weekend off for the Wildscreen Festival, where I’ll be assisting with dive gear during the Beginners and Advanced Underwater Workshops, and attending much of the event during the week.
In addition to all of this, in the run-up to Wildscreen, I’ve been drafted to research footage for filmmaker Jeremy Bristow in the creation of a promo film for the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity. During this, I even had the chance to shoot some additional footage of my own for the promo. The film is currently in the edit, but I’ll grab a link when it’s finished!