This is about me, Barry Madden, Norfolk born and bred. “I glory in being so” as my hero Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson quipped. He was a Norfolk man too and a bit of a voyager. WingSearch2020 is going to involve me in quite a bit of travelling (hopefully).
Cruising gracefully through my 7th decade of existence, I find I’m now 63 years old (I know, it’s hard to believe). Happily I’m still as addicted to nature as I was when I was 6. Birds are my first love, but I delight in all manner of wild creatures and wild spaces. Butterflies and moths being other particular favourites, with dragonflies and bees following close behind.
Having escaped employment with Her Majesty’s Government several years ago, I then spent three fun-filled years working for Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Initially employed as project support in their education team, I migrated to spending a summer season as co-ordinator of the Ranworth Broad Visitor Centre. Volunteering for various nature conservation bodies now provides much of my wildlife fix.
Apart from actually observing wildlife, I also like to photograph it – all the wildlife images on this website are my own. By way of variation I sometimes try to turn an image into a watercolour painting (strictly amateur – see below). Reading helps me relax and I’m seldom out of reach of a novel of some kind. Writing wildlife themed articles for various magazines also keeps me busy and I periodically keep a blog. A good pint of real ale is often appreciated.
I have a great fondness for Norwich City Football Club and have supported them since 1971. Quite why I’m still smiling I can’t say – probably says a lot more about me than anything else! Sport has always formed a large part of my life. Whilst I still can, I trundle out for 5-a-side matches with friends and family and make sporadic visits to the gym. The art of bouldering is a recent interest at Highball Climbing Centre in Norwich.
39 years married with one grown up, fully fledged son. I’m proud that he, together with his lovely wife have now produced a wonderful son of their own. Grandparenting takes up the rest of my time, but in the most delightful way.