I am excited to welcome you to Wildlife Channel. A multimedia website dedicated to exploring the wonders of the natural world!
If you have followed my blog for some time, you may be wondering why I’m introducing my website like it is brand-new when it has been around for a few years now.
Wildlife Channel has, quite literally, been many years in the making. Since uploading my first blog post in summer 2015, my website has changed its name and been rebranded multiple times. Up until now, I only used this as a place to occasionally share my thoughts and exciting news about wildlife. However, as much as I love producing content, I was also juggling many other activities, including university studies, travelling and various jobs and internships.
Well, after over a year of planning, Wildlife Channel has now officially relaunched as a weekly content site! I will share more details about this shortly, but I first want to briefly recap my journey so far.
The story so far
I initially launched Wildlife Channel almost five years ago under the name The Zoologist. It was the summer after I’d finished my Zoology degree at university and, like most recent graduates, I was unsure of my next steps. I had gained a place at Imperial College London to study for a Master’s degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation with the plan to eventually go on to do a PhD. But I always had a passion for Science Communication. For as long as I can remember, I loved exploring and learning about wildlife and then sharing that knowledge with others. So, in many ways, I knew that I eventually wanted to end up on this career path. However, a few barriers prevented me from pursuing this career.
My first dilemma, I had no idea how to effectively communicate. Aside from an English GSCE, I have never really had any formal training in storytelling. Everything I have done has been pretty much self-taught and, in all honesty, that is still the case today.
My second dilemma, I had no idea what kind of communicator I wanted to be. Did I want to be a wildlife filmmaker? Or did I perhaps want to write for a magazine…?
In hindsight, I probably should have applied for a Master’s degree in Science Communication. I guess somehow, I believed people might trust my work better if I had the qualifications to show for it. Something that I now know to not necessarily be the case.
I initially set up this website as a place to share everything that fascinated me about life on earth. In all honesty, I mainly saw this as a way to help me practise my writing and video producing in the hope of eventually launching my career in science communication. Once I’d finally put my first step on the career ladder, I never really thought I would continue with it.
Five-years on, I have gained my Master’s degree, travelled and worked as a research scientist in the Galapagos Islands, Mauritius and the UK. To my delight, all of my hard work paid off. In summer 2018, I managed to bag myself a full-time job as Communications Coordinator for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust based on Jersey in the Channel Islands. A job I acquired after working as a researcher on one of their projects in Mauritius. So, in the end, I guess going via the science route worked out well for me. I got to travel and experience what it was like working on the ground as a field scientist, and from it, I gained a job I love.
But what now?
To be honest, I thought about deleting my website a few times now that I have a great job. After all, I had never really posted on here that regularly anyway.
Still, I couldn’t quite bring myself to do it.
Eventually, in early 2019, I decided that I wanted to launch my own weekly educational website. The internet and social media may have many faults, but I want to use this modern media to inspire as many people as possible about the wonders of the natural world. Not only because I enjoy doing it, but because there has never been a more critical time to keep this subject on everyone’s minds.
It has taken over a year of planning to decide on what direction I wanted to take my brand. If one good thing has come out of the last few months of lockdown due to COVID-19, it is that it’s spurred on my planning to finally get this project off the ground.
So, I consider today, Wednesday 1st July 2020, as a relaunch of my website. So with that said, welcome to Wildlife Channel!
What to expect from Wildlife Channel
I already have lots of exciting ideas lined up, which I cannot wait to share with you. But, in a nutshell, you can expect weekly content on all thing’s wildlife!
On my website, I will be posting stories about what’s in the news, latest research, fun facts and recommended books to read. On my social media channels, I will be posting photographs and videos I have taken while out on my adventures. Most of this will be focused on Jersey and the UK, as that is where I am located. But I hope to eventually expand further afield.
I am also planning a weekly video series for my YouTube channel, which I hope to launch very soon, so stay tuned!
So that is a very brief summary of what you can expect. I hope you are as excited as I am about what’s to come. Be sure to subscribe to this blog and follow all of my social media channels so you don’t miss out. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
With that said, it’s time to tie your shoelaces, grab your backpack and join me on this adventure as together we explore the wonderful world of wildlife.