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About Me

I was born and raised in Somerset, and developing an interest in wildlife at the age of 7 have been birding on the Somerset Levels ever since. Though Somerset has always been 'home', I have been fortunate enough to spend much of the last 10 years working around the UK as a warden and researcher on such legendary sites as Titchwell Marsh, Holme Dunes, The Isles of Scilly, Portland, The Farne Islands and Blakeney Point. Inbetween jobs I have enjoyed birding across the globe (semi-delerious blogs from these trips can be found here) and studied Ecology & Wildlife Conservation at Bournemouth University.


I currently work exclusively for Seabourn Cruise Line as an ornithologist in the Ventures by Seabourn expedition team on board the luxury cruise vessels Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Sojourn. In select ports of call, optional Ventures by Seabourn excursions, guided by our expedition team, invite you to explore spectacular destinations on exhilarating sea-level adventures. Launching from your ship on board our fleet of sturdy, Zodiac inflatable boats or paddling in double sea kayaks, these adventures will vary depending on your itinerary, but include thrills such as cruising picturesque fjords and waterways, trekking on scenic islands, viewing birds, seals, whales and other wildlife up-close, and surveying massive, white-blue icebergs.


I usually carry a camera with me and enjoy wildlife photography. Rather than setting out and waiting to capture specific shots, I like to simply record what I see happen in front of me as I am out and about and occasionally get some very satisfying images, though I remain very much a 'keen amateur'.


E-mail enquiries should be directed to joe@avalonwildlife.co.uk

Little Egret

Joe Cockram