Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh in the south of Ireland. He is a highly respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 40 years of birding experience in Ireland, Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Antarctic, and the Arctic. Before setting out as a full-time freelance wildlife author, tour guide, and broadcaster, Jim had a career in medical laboratory science and pathology IT administration. He has written a number of best-selling books including, The Birds of Ireland–A Field Guide, Ireland’s Garden Birds and An Identification Guide to Irish Whales and Dolphins. He has produced two educational DVDs, Bats of Ireland and Whales and Dolphins of Ireland, and recently co-produced a phone app called Antarctic Wildlife Guide, the first photo-ID guide app featuring the birds, whales, dolphins, and seals of the region. As well as being involved in many national and international conservation projects, Jim set up the long-running national Irish Garden Bird Survey. He was national chairman of Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland’s equivalent of the Audubon Society, and is a former director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.