North Norfolk Film & Photographic Safaris

Born and bred in Norfolk, from an early age Martin learned to sail at Brancaster and explore the creeks and sandbars where his love of wildlife started. After five years in the Royal Navy, travelling the world with camera in hand, Martin was next off to the North Sea, the Ivory Coast and Gabon working in the oil industry. Taking time off to explore Africa he ventured into northern Kenya where he met and worked with the late George Adamson of ‘Born Free’ fame.

After gaining a distinction in photography at Southport College of Art, it was back to North Norfolk with an assignment to photograph wildlife at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park.
A commission from Anglia Television followed with Martin subsequently joining their renowned ‘Survival’ team as a wildlife cameraman, travelling the world from the crocodile caves of Madagascar to the Amazon basin.

For BBC television, Martin worked on Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Life of …’ Series, the award winning ‘Living Britain’ series, the ‘Natural World’ programmes. Other work has included series with Bill Oddie, Alan Titchmarsh and Jimmy Doherty (‘Jimmy’s Farm’).

Martin has also worked on Series 1, 2 & 3 of ‘Wild Britain’ with Ray Mears and on the BBC Two Nature Series ‘The Burrowers’, presented by Chris Packham. He has continued his long-term relationship with Ray Mears during the filming of the ‘Wild France‘ and ‘Wild Australia‘ series. Also published two popular books; Elements of the North Norfolk Coast and more recently My Year with Hares.

If you wish to join me on a safari off piste across private fields in my classic soft top Land Rover for a day or two, in search of wildlife, observing and photographing Brown Hares, Barn Owls and lots more Norfolk wildlife, I can promise you it will be an experience.

More updates to follow shortly about the Land Rover safaris across Norfolk, but for now please email me at norfolksafaris@martinhaywardsmith.com if you are interested to hear more.