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"Following on from Geoff's introduction I am Richard Guy, his brother, and we've been sharing experiences out of doors since we were children. Those activities started with family walks in Wales, progressed through hikes across Exmoor, Dartmoor or along the coast in Devon and air rifle hunting along with our dad, Martin, and over the last few years, now we have family commitments of our own, has revolved largely around our deer management operations.  

Despite all these enjoyable recreational opportunities while growing up I originally pursued aviation as a career as another thing I loved was flying. This goal directed my further education studying Maths and Physics A Levels, although what I enjoyed far more was Geography (and my grades in that were a lot better - says a lot). After a few years abroad I realised commercial aviation didn't fit the lifestyle I really wanted and went to University to study Physical & Environmental Geography. After a year I realised that the elements of my studies I enjoyed the most were environmental and specifically ecological and jumped on the opportunity to switch to a course in Environmental Conservation (BSc (Hons)). It enjoyed it sufficiently to continue on and study an MSc in Ecology & Conservation. 

While I'd always been fascinated by wildlife and the natural world these courses of study really opened my eyes as the what we walk past each day and the complexity with which they interact! As a result my walks these days tend to be a lot shorter and a lot slower because I spend so much more time looking at stuff. Between academic activities and personal endeavours I have studied a wide range of topics from Butterflies in Spain, to water chemistry in Devon, Fallow Deer in the West Midlands and Carrion Beetles in east coast heathlands. The thing I have learned more than any other is how much I don't know!

These studies overlap a fair bit with Geoff and over the last few years have given us a lot to discuss and its the result of several of these discussions that has developed into The Riddy Wood Project. 

Along with my academic studies I have also been involved in practical work through volunteering with various conservation organisations assisting in managing wetlands, woodlands and grasslands and working as a surveyor for birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants. I have also delivered educational sessions to further education students on subjects including deer management and ecology, woodland ecology and conservation, wildlife law and crime among others. 

Bushcraft is a term a lot of people don't agree on (or at least, there are a lot of different definitions for). I feel that although I would best be described as a Conservationist or Ecologist I regularly use bushcraft skills in what I undertake, whether it is in Botanical Identification, undertaking woodland management or deer management tasks, understanding the links between species and habitats etc etc, the list goes on. 

Certainly if we trace the origin of many skills we deem to be 'Bushcraft' skills back to their origins with hunter-gatherer societies we would find people who also had a phenomenal ecological understanding of the world around them, and an appreciation for how and why species could be conserved. I find this link with our past fascinating and hope in this and other topics I can help other people develop a keen interest in the both the natural world around us and how we can interact with it - or to give it another name, Bushcraft."

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