This site was created in 2009 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 31 I have gained invaluable experience thanks to over 50 excursions on the European continent and other parts of the world such as Latin America, North Africa and South-East Asia. 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. In addition, I am also interested in almost all other kinds of wildlife but I especially like watching and photographing mammals and birds.
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 also benefitted from working for the University of Manchester, the Manchester Museum for several years as an assistant to the Curator of Herpetology as well as further work with the Durrell School of Corfu. 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 primary and secondary school teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) on the island of Phuket in Thailand.
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. So far in my travels I have visited the following countries to look for amphibians, reptiles and other wildlife: UK, France (including Corsica), Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece (mainland and the following islands: Corfu, Paxos, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Crete, Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Sikinos, Ios, Koufonisia, Santorini, Milos, Kimolos, Rhodes, Symi, Kos, Kalymnos, Lesvos and Limnos), Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, UAE, Thailand, Malaysia and Costa Rica.
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