Dan is currently working with Nigel Ashcroft developing new Green Umbrella ideas with a strong relevance to the impact of people on the natural world.
After an early career in London’s Natural history Museum, during which he was largely responsible for the rediscovery of a ‘lost’ Australian bird in the remote Kimberleys of Western Australia, Dan turned his attentions to popularizing science through writing, photography and wildlife film-making, the latter taking up the greater part of his working life.
A Zoology graduate from St Peter’s College, Oxford, Dan’s travels through wildlife film-making have taken him from the film unit of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to the BBC in London, where he was a director on the successful Tony Soper series, Discovering Birds, to the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol. In the NHU he again worked with Tony Soper on the live Birdwatch transmissions from the UK and Florida and then under Peter Jones in the Natural World where he produced one particular film on the man-eating tigers of the Sundarbans mangrove forest straddling the border between India and Bangladesh in the Ganges delta.
Turning away from the BBC in 1987 to become an independent writer/producer, Dan has produced films on a variety of subjects around the world, mostly with cameraman Tony Allen, including piranhas in Venezuela, spiders, snakes and koalas in Australia, buffaloes in Zimbabwe and series on the wildlife of China, elephants in Botswana and Italy’s National Parks.
An ambassador for the World Land Trust – patrons David Attenborough, Chris Packham and England cricketer David Gower – Dan has written half a dozen books, has been a judge on photographic competitions and the wildlife film festival at Sondrio, Italy. He has won film awards in Italy, India and the USA and has been a finalist at the prestigious Wildscreen and Jackson Hole film festivals.
After a period working with the late Christopher Parsons devising Imax films, Dan joined forces with Green Umbrella to produce two programmes in their Living Europe series as well as an African elephant film for National Geographic and ITV.