Octavia is not what you’d call your traditional natural history presenter - in an attempt to get ‘up-close and personal’ with nature, she likes to couple her deep-rooted passion for the natural world with a love for adventure and outdoor pursuits. As a qualified rock climbing instructor, mountaineer, PADI Divemaster, horse rider, powerboat driver and bush craft leader, Octavia loves anything that allows her to explore the outdoors.
It’s not all about adrenaline sports though, as Octavia is also a passionate advocator of conservation, particularly on our home turf here on the British Isles. With a degree in Environmental Science and having previously worked as an Environmental Consultant, Octavia has a profound knowledge of British wildlife and ecosystems and has worked at some of the UK’s most exciting conservation sites: monitoring Bottlenose dolphins on the Welsh coast with the CBMWC, preserving the salt flats at RSPB Ynys-hir and Red Kites at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian and more recently at the Whixall Moss National Nature Reserve with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Having presented at live events such as the Bristol Festival of Nature and at Merefest 2016, Octavia is completely at ease under pressure. Furthermore, in addition to television and radio presenting, She’s also produced and presented a variety of short online films about wildlife and the countryside and has previously worked as a researcher on programs such as BBC Science’s Wonders of Life and Bang Goes the Theory and enjoys getting into the nitty gritty bits of science!
With her enthusiasm for wildlife, and a boundless on-screen energy, Octavia is always keen to try new challenges, and along the way, educate and inspire people about the amazing planet we live on.