Tara Marjoram

Tara Marjoram

Tara Marjoram

I am a freelance writer and photographer currently living in England, UK and I am currently studying an MSc in Biological Recording at Birmingham University. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and firmly believe that through education, there is no room for ignorance.

My main aim is to inspire, educate and enthuse people of all ages to encourage knowledge sharing and to secure a future of our Earths’ natural resources.

As both a diving instructor and a conservation volunteer I have travelled the world and appreciate and embrace the many cultures and wildlife I have encountered on my way. I write about the natural world and its environment.

I like to reach out to those who would like to learn to help the environment and I like to challenge those who are stuck in the old fashion “one person cannot make a difference ” rut.

My most memorable experience?

The salty air wafted up my nostrils as the sun beat down upon my back, the sound of people playing in the sand and the waves gently caressing the beach, filled my ears. The humidity on this beach in Phuket, Thailand was so overwhelming I decided to take a walk by the waters edge to keep cool.

It should have been a pleasing sight as it was most days, only this day instead of the brown sugar like sand crystals the beach was covered in debris. A storm the night before had blown in plastic bags and many other items across from India that lay strewn across as far as the eye could see. I plucked out first one black plastic bag from the shallow depths of the sea, then another and another and started to fill them up with the rest of the rubbish that had embedded itself in the sand. Not long after my first fistful, I was joined by a foreign lady wishing to help, so together we continued.

A chain reaction had sparked that day and before I knew it there were at least 14 other willing helpers, some were children and in no time at all the beach was clean again. There were people, as I recall, who asked what we were doing and when I told them that we were cleaning up the beach and said they could help us if they liked, their response still haunts me today “No! We are on holiday”. It is these people that I would like to address, if volunteers had not existed that day, would they still have liked to have been on the beach or in the sea enjoying the marine life?

We depend on nature and nature depends on us. But ask yourself: who gets the best deal?