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Australia: Southeast Queensland Premier Birding Guide Biographical Sketch

Barry Davies

Barry Davies is an experienced Naturalist, Environmental Interpreter, Tour Guide and Tour Leader and is a Certified EcoGuide with Ecotourism Australia. In 2005 and 2009 he was Australian EcoGuide of the Year.

Barry is based in Beechmont on the edge of Queensland’s Lamington National Park. He grew up in New Zealand, where he developed his passion for wildlife, before moving to Australia to complete an environmental science degree in the 1970s. After 3 years with Queensland National Parks as an Ecologist he spent 20 years as a Guide and Activities Manager at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. At Binna Burra he established a reputation for excellence as an Interpretive Guide, Naturalist, Trainer and host. In 1993 he won the prestigious Gold Coast Supreme Hospitality Award.

In 2004 he started Gondwana Guides, to provide a freelance Interpretive Guiding service, and Gondwana Environmental Consulting to work with ecotourism operators, mining companies, developers, local government and educational institutions consulting on interpretation and training and wildlife and vegetation management.

In recent years Barry has specialized in organizing and leading bird watching, natural history, cultural and walking tours in every state and territory of Australia & New Zealand, Norfolk Is, New Guinea and Sabah (Borneo).  He leads bird watching and wildlife tours for individuals and small groups all over Australia and has clients from around the world. He is also a field lecturer with the University of Georgia Athens (USA) and other American universities for their study abroad programs in Australia.

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