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My name is Mike Pennington. I was born in Ormskirk in Lancashire in 1962 and studied Ecology at Loughborough University. I have lived on the island of Unst in Shetland since 1988. I worked at bird observatories in Kent, Orkney and Shetland, on a National Nature Reserve in Shetland and as a Primary School teacher in Shetland until I took early retirement in 2017.

I am married to Margaret, who has three sons, and we have six wonderful grandsons.

I came quite late to travel. By the end of the 20th century I had only visited Belgium and the Netherlands as an 11-year old and France, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus as an adult. In the 21st century I have wandered further including China, Ethiopia, Panama, Gambia, Namibia, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Brasil, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, a cruise round South America and, in 2020, we had an unforgettable Round the World Cruise thanks to the impact of COVID-19. In 2022, world travel resumed, although we went no further than Greenland and Egypt (!).

I am fascinated by all living things, but especially birds. I support Liverpool FC, follow cricket and love music. I don’t believe that cheesecake should ever be served in a jar.

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