Fergus Beeley

Fergus Beeley has spent the last 25 years making wildlife films with Sir David Attenborough, including famous titles for the BBC such as the ‘Life Of Birds’, ‘Planet Earth – the future’ and ‘The Natural World’. He is now a pioneer in a remarkable social enterprise that promotes and practices ‘Mindfulness in Nature’. Fergus is deeply motivated by the way the practice has changed and enriched his own life and by the huge evidence base that shows it has the potential to do the same for many others.
In 1982, after a spell in HM UK Armed Forces, Fergus went to the University of Durham to study Anthropology. He completed his thesis with the Pitjantjatjarra tribe of Aboriginals in Central Australia. An extraordinary reference from the Elders gained Fergus a successful interview with BBC Natural History Unit.
Sent on missions by BBC NHU to get memorable natural history sequences from across the former Soviet Union, Fergus was relatively comfortable entering the challenging environments of the remote desert regions of Turkmenistan, the Tien Shan mountains and the wilderness of Kamchatka.
From 1990, Fergus became an established member of NHU, producing an extremely popular BBC Wildlife On One called ‘Stoats in the Priory’ which caught the attention of Sir David Attenborough.
Joining Attenborough’s team at his invitation, Fergus produced films for the landmark series, Life Of Birds, which took him around the rest of the world over three busy years. Since 1998, Fergus has Executive produced and presented many award winning films for BBC Natural World, PBS and National Geographic Explorer.
In the world of television, Fergus is known as a bit of a maverick, as he enjoys the challenge of trying new and difficult subjects, including shy and elusive Andean Bears in the high-altitudes of Ecuador, packs of never-before-seen white wolves on Ellesmere Island in N Canada and the large and powerful Harpy Eagles of the dense and remote rainforests of Venezuela.