This site has been created in order to share information and photography of field Herpetologist Matt Wilson as well as trip reports, photography and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. I have been conducting field trips since I was 15 years old and now at 28 I have gained invaluable experience thanks to over 50 excursions on the European continent. The areas that I mostly visit are Greece and Spain, as I have a love for the Mediterranean herpetofauna. In particular I have been visiting Greek islands since I was very young and I find the diversity and ecological adaptations of species here very interesting.
Recently, I decided that it was time for the website to evolve from The European Amphibian & Reptile Blog to Amphibian & Reptile Travels. This is because I have now started travelling further a field to explore different aspects of my interest in herpetology and therefore the site would need a wider coverage of visits to other places outside of Europe.
Although not formally qualified in the field of biology, I work in collaboration with a number of amphibian and reptile foundations and groups and assist in field work of native British species. In addition I have had a number of successful collaborations with associations abroad in conserving amphibians and reptiles. I did my undergraduate degree in BA (Hons) French, Spanish & European Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University and then my postgraduate in secondary education at the same university. I currently work as a secondary school teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).
My most recent herpetology work was ‘in situ‘ research on the herpetofauna of some small Greek islands, such as Paxos in the Ionian Sea as well as my continued work and research on Corfu (Kerkyra). The paper can be downloaded here.
On another note, I generally have no problem with people using my photos for their websites, books or other publications, but please just send me an email first 🙂
In Corfu with wildlife friends (from right to left), David Bellamy, Lee Durrell, Dave Ashcroft, Me, David Shimwell, Colin Stevenson and Rosemary Bellamy (C) Matt Wilson