Speaker line-up

This year's speaker line-up included photographers and filmmakers; best in their field. Specialising in everything from social engagement to photography business, long exposure to macro, they shared their expertise with visitors throughout the four days.

Gordon Buchanan


Join Gordon Buchanan, the highly acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter for a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections of his globetrotting travels, as Gordon delves into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife - all illustrated with his own film footage and photography.

A wildlife filmmaker for over 25 years, Gordon has become renowned for his skills both in front of and behind the camera. Here, he recalls his experiences of filming in some of the world's most challenging environments, how he came to work on some of our best-loved natural world programmes and earned a reputation for taking on tough and dangerous assignments the world over.


An award-winning wildlife cameraman, presenter and public speaker with 20 years’ experience filming wild and wonderful creatures in remote areas of the planet, Gordon Buchanan has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. He has taken part in challenging expeditions and adventures around the globe including South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska, always with a view to raising awareness of the fragility of the world’s endangered species and habitats.

Notable among his TV credits are Wild Burma, The Dark: Nature’s Nighttime World, Land of the Lost Wolves, Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar. Gordon also contributed to numerous award-winning BBC, Discovery and National Geographic wildlife programmes and documentaries, resulting in an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling in recognition of his outstanding services to conservation and wildlife filmmaking. He has also won the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland award in the environment category.

Most recently, Gordon presented the two-part Christmas special Grizzly Bear, Cubs and Me on BBC Two which documented the rehabilitation of six orphaned baby grizzly bears into the Russian wilderness. In November 2018 Gordon completed his latest nationwide UK theatre tour following his BBC series Animals with Cameras and Reindeer Family and Me.
Before this, Gordon presented the highly acclaimed Tribes, Predators and Me, Elephant Family And Me and Life in the Snow on BBC One and Life in Polar Bear Town and Tribes, Predators and Me on BBC Two.  

Gordon also tried something very new in another series called Into the Wild where he takes celebrities such as Alastair Campbell, Dermot O’Leary and Sara Cox amongst others up and close with Britain’s beautiful wildlife.

Gordon’s other recent productions include Super Cute Animals for BBC One, Gorilla Family and Me, The Snow Wolf Family & Me, the highly acclaimed BBC Two series The Polar Bear Family & Me and The Bear Family & Me, for which he received a Royal Television Society award for his presenting work. He has also recently featured as a guest presenter on BBC Two’s Winterwatch, the countryside series with which he has had a long association, both in front of and behind the camera.


  • 19 Mar 2019
    15:30 - 16:45

    Gordon Buchanan: Weird, wild and wonderful - Over 25 years of wildlife filmmaking