Duncan Cunningham

I have been fascinated with the natural world as far back as I can remember - from growing up in a small town on the east coast of Scotland to retiring to the Nelson area in New Zealand's wonderful South Island. I was captivated by early the television nature documentaries (so many famous names: Gerald Durrell, Desmond Morris, Armand and Michaela Denis, Jacques Cousteau and, of course, David Attenborough) which set up a life and career in field biology.

Starting as a lab technician in the Zoology Department of the the University of St Andrews to eventually becoming a science technician in the then New Zealand Wildlife Service and later in the NZ Department of Conservation's Science and Research Division. My career and outdoor recreation took me into many fabulous wild places around New Zealand from the Kermadec Islands to the Chatham Islands to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands and Campbell Island.

I am currently dividing my favourite activities between mountain biking, general hiking and weeding invasive weeds with a longer term plan to trap invasive predators in the native bush reserves behind Richmond, Nelson.

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