I am Andy Wraithmell, a British ex-pat living in Tallahassee, Florida. I was born in Liverpool, England and moved to the United States in 2004. I was dubbed “Limeybirder” by a resident of Avalon, NJ while working at Cape May. After serving in Her Majesty’s Royal Naval Submarine Service I decided that I wanted a job that involved birding so to gain experience I enrolled as a volunteer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). I volunteered at several nature preserves, working with Ospreys in Scotland and Little Terns in Norfolk. In 1996 I got a job as a National Trust Ranger at Stackpole National Nature Reserve and attended Bicton College of Agriculture in Devon. After 3 years, I left the National Trust and went back to the RSPB, employed as a research assistant. I surveyed Red Kites, Yellowhammers, Eurasian Tree Sparrows, and Corn Buntings throughout Britain for over a year. I started bird banding in 1996 and my love for it resulted in getting a job as the assistant bander at Dungeness Bird Observatory where I remained for 3 years. In late September 2003, I crossed the pond and worked as the seawatch counter at Cape May Bird Observatory’s Avalon Seawatch; I counted close to a million birds!!! In January 2004 I moved to Tallahassee where I have lived ever since. After working as a park ranger/naturalist at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park I got a job with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission where I am currently employed. I enjoy exploring the beautiful habitats in rural Florida particularly to the west of Tallahassee. Over the last couple of years I have diversified my interests and even though I am still an avid birder I enjoy searching for reptiles, particularly snakes, as well as butterflies, dragonflies, mammals and wildflowers. Most of my free time is spent exploring Apalachicola National Forest, a beautiful part of Florida that I have grown very fond of.
If you would like to hire me as your bird/wildlife guide visit my Guiding Services page.
For more information about me check out my profile on Linkedin.
I also maintain several @limeybirder social media accounts