Richard's first birding trip to Botswana was in 1977, and he has been resident there since 1986. He has recorded almost 870 species in Southern Africa and, as a member of BirdLife Botswana’s Rarities Committee, adjudicates reports of rare birds. He is also a certified trainer and assessor of professional guides in Botswana and a member of BirdLife Botswana’s Rarities sub-committee. With over 40 years' experience of guiding birding groups in southern Africa, Richard has a detailed knowledge of Botswana in particular, and all aspects of birding there. However as a committed and passionate all-round naturalist, the scope of Richard’s knowledge extends far beyond just birding, and he has transmitted his enthusiasm to many visitors including US President Bill Clinton in 1998. Publication: co-author of The Chobe Companion (2014) & The Okavango Companion (2016), both general wildlife books.