APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

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Born in Liskeard in 1965 to parents Allan and Eileen Fenwick from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK, brought up in Plymouth, Devon and Saltash, Cornwall. Schooling Drake Primary, Keyham, Plymouth and Sutton High School for Boys in Plymouth. Left school halfway through A-levels to set up a gardening business.

Qualified in amenity horticulture at Pershore College, Worcestershire, and Cannington College, Somerset between 1985 and 1988, attaining the following qualifications N.C.H., A.N.C.H. and M.Hort.(RHS)Stage One. I've also done a degree module in website design.

Specialisms are in social-environmental horticulture, previously in charge of horticulture for the Groundwork Trust in Plymouth, and landscaping but also a plantsman once holding five NCCPG National Plant Collections of Southern African bulb genera until 2008. The Groundwork Trust environmental demonstration garden which I co-designed with Mike Westley was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, a huge day with formal introduction, tree planting and tour of the garden.

My interest in photography started in 2004, the birth of APHOTOFLORA, the other websites dedicated to biodiversity soon followed. Had an annus horriblis in 2008, death in family, became unwell (tick bite) and a divorce after 14 years of marriage. I gave up horticulture in 2008 on becoming unwell and I've continued to decline in terms of mobility but have been able to continue with my interest in photography and keep displaying an increasing amount of biodiversity.

I focus mainly on photographing marine life, not that I can swim, as I can't swim a stroke. I don't keep stats but APHOTOMARINE is fairly comprehensive in terms of displaying species from the shore. I focus on this site because of mobility issues, far less legwork needed, but I have have to spent 'a lot' of time studying marine biology and marine ecology to make life easier. I've received a lot of help from the marine biological community in the UK and across the globe which I'm very grateful for.

Sadly in 2021 have been told I need two new hips so will lessen my load a little as this might take a while to sort. I already cope with cervical stenosis, lumber degeneration, fibromyalgia and post-Lyme Syndrome so the addition of one other long term condition isn't nice but wil be easier to accept as I continue to fall apart, and I say this humorously, I've a great sense of humour as many know. One of the things I would like to focus on in the future is in finding a partner who is similarly interested in biodiversity and photography who I can share my life with. So please, spread the word, fingers crossed!!!!

There's one thing I'm absolutely sure of, now I've started on the A-P-H-O-T-O websites I don't want to give up or stop as there's so much work gone into producing the websites, they are so educational and so many people and organisations benefit from the access to imagery.

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