Martin Perrow

Shared experiences in exploring earth’s natural habitats and their dependent species helps us all care more about conservation and restoration, and to commit to a green future for our planet.

Just seeing the endemic birds of remote islands can be challenging. So, I was elated to discover and photograph this rarely-seen Auckland Island Snipe.

Everyone loves Bee-eaters with their vibrant colors and aerobatic insect-catching skills. These resting Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters had just crossed the Sahara Desert on their breeding migration.

Bottlenose Dolphins are a real crowd-pleaser displaying a range of behaviors—this individual was boat-wake jumping in the Sea of Cortez.

After being pointed out, eye-catching insects such as this Marsh Fritillary butterfly found on Sweden's Gotland Island often prove to be a favorite discovery for travelers.

The group later described the sight of my moonlit sprint across the Moroccan Erg Chebbi after this Saharan Striped Polecat as a trip highlight!

This Sandwich Tern from Anglesey, Wales, may have carried this gadoid—some 20% of its body weight—for 12 miles (20 km) or more to feed its chick.

Expedition Leader Martin Perrow

Dr. Martin Perrow has been a professional ecologist for 30 years as head of one of the foremost ecological consultancies in the UK. In this role, he provides expert ecological services and solutions while promoting biodiversity through the conservation and restoration of habitats and species. He specializes in a somewhat eclectic mix of subjects ranging from seabirds and wind farms to lakes and fish and small mammals. Martin is perhaps best known for several seminal books including the two-volume Handbook of Ecological Restoration and the four-volume Wildlife and Wind Farms: Conflicts and Solutions. He has also authored more than 100 scientific papers, reports, articles and book chapters. A recent focus of Martin’s has been innovative research on terns and their fish prey.

As a bird nut with a love of water, he has traveled widely, especially to remote destinations such as Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand, Svalbard, Falklands and Sea of Cortez as well as a number of islands closer to home—Azores, Madeira, Balearics, Cyprus and all over the UK—on both a personal seabird (and marine mammal) quest and as a tour guide. Leading trips over the last 20 years has also taken him throughout Europe and North Africa, seeking everything from butterflies to orchids, invariably with a camera or two. If you’re expecting a reserved academic sort of guy, then prepare to be surprised—expeditions are meant to be enjoyed and Martin will do his best to make sure you do.

Martin’s knowledge, communication and guiding skills make him an exceptional leader and a joy to travel with. I was immediately impressed by his attention to detail, easy-going nature and fun-loving personality.

-Adrian B., Pennsylvania

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Understanding the lives of terns at sea

Seventeen years ago I was asked to understand the impact of one of the UK’s first offshore wind farms on Little Terns. This required using radio tags to track their movements at sea and developing a net to sample their prey. A love affair with terns ensued. My research group has since undertaken research towards the conservation of all five UK species, often involving ‘visual tracking’, during which we follow the birds using a high-speed inflatable boat, enabling us to unravel precisely where they go and what they do. Every bird teaches us something new.