Andy Bunten, On-parc Walk Organiser
For as long as I can remember wildlife has been a central part of my life. As I child I crept around the garden or waded around the village pond collecting various mini-beasts to put in a glass tank for further study. Only a few managed to make a break for freedom into the open spaces of my bedroom!
This enthusiasm lead to studying zoology at two universities and then working for various wildlife organisations, including 26 years as Regional Director for the RSPB.
Throughout all this time I’ve taken huge delight in leading trips around the world.
Helping people to see and experience wildlife is a real joy. I’ve been fortunate to visit some amazing places: - the Seychelles, the Far East, Africa, the Arctic and various parts of the Americas but European travel remains my key passion.
There’s nothing quite like waking up to the fluting calls of golden orioles or collecting campsite bread to the accompaniment of chirruping grasshoppers and sunbathing butterflies.
Walks around Eurocamp sites are always a delight. From streamside strolls with fluttering damselflies, blue flashes of kingfishers and bobbing dippers through to dramatic marches along gorge edges with massive soaring vultures, screaming swifts and exotic orchid meadows. Chatting and swapping stories with other campers as we walk along, or perhaps stop for a picnic lunch, is the most wonderful way I can imagine to spend time in area of magnificent local countryside. Wildlife is wonderful!