Freelance writer, photographer and video maker Dr Martin Williams
Originally from Yorkshire, UK, and based in Hong Kong since 1987, I'm a writer, photographer and video maker, also nature tour leader and ecological consultant, with a strong interest in wildlife and conservation issues.
Writing and photography for books and magazines
I've written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers including BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife, Reader's Digest, South China Morning Post and Ming Pao Weekly. You can find various articles and photos on this site.
I've written books including Hong Kong Pathfinder: 24 day-walks in Hong Kong, contributed to 1001 Natural Wonders: You Must See Before You Die, and was a major author of Central Ridge and West (covers HK country parks from Ma On Shan west to Tai Lam, published by Friends of the Country Parks, 2006). Also main writer of a Hong Kong Tourism Board booklet, Discover Hong Kong Nature; several of the photos are mine, and I gave advice during production.
My latest book, Enchanting Hong Kong, was published in autumn 2012, by John Beaufoy Publishing.
Video and Film Making
I was co-producer of Explore Wild Hong Kong, a 28-minute film on nature tourism in Hong Kong, sponsored by Cathay Pacific.
Also conceived and edited two viral videos - A Woman Missed Her Shark Fin Soup in Hong Kong, and Shark sister tantrum in Hong Kong, to boost awareness of need for shark conservation. The former proved especially successful, with over 1.4 million views on youtube; both appeared on an MTV show, DJ and the Fro.
Directed Mai Po Marshes - Hong Kong's Wetland Superstar, a 10-minute film with footage I shot for WWF Hong Kong.
Created Typhoon warnings - wind, rain, waves, and surges, produced by Hong Kong Observatory, for the Typhoon Committee of the World Meteorological Association.
You can view several videos I have made and co-produced on this site, and at DocMartinHK - YouTube.
Copywriting and Editing for Businesses
I'm also an English language copywriter and editor, working mainly for public relations companies with a range of corporate clients. This work ranges from writing press releases, through drafting and revising speeches, to helping produce newsletters, brochures and booklets. I wrote KEF - 50 years of innovation in sound, a small book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this renowned loudspeaker company; you can download a pdf file here.
Website Building and Search Engine Optimization
I'm experienced in creating websites, using software including the Drupal open-source content management sytems.
Promoting Nature Tourism
Believing nature tourism can help protect wildlife and wild places, I was instrumental in making Beidaihe in east China a hotspot for travelling birdwatchers. After leading and co-leading migration surveys at the town from 1985 to 1990, I helped launch birding tourism there, initially through planning and co-leading Sunbirder tours; also organised and co-led a tour for Ornitholidays.
Also promoting nature tourism in Hong Kong. Here, I have co-led birding tours with companies including Limosa, Ornitholidays and Sunbirder. Became director of a small nature tour company, FirstStep Nature Tours (focused on Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve; company closed partly thanks to silly red tape from government). Currently trying to push nature tourism in Hong Kong, including through Hong Kong Outdoors - and Explore Wild Hong Kong!
I've worked on environmental assessments in Hong Kong: chiefly bird surveys at sites where developments were planned. Also for World Bank and Asian Development Bank funded projects (and potential projects) in China - in Sichuan, northeast Inner Mongolia, Fujian, and Zhejiang. Here, too, aimed to boost conservation, through recommending mitigation measures, and encouraging nature tourism.
I have a BSc in Chemistry from Durham University and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Cambridge University.
Outstanding Earth Champion
In November 2008, I was acknowledged as an Outstanding Earth Champion by the Earth Champions Foundation.
Caring for the environment is in his nature:Nature enthusiast Martin Williams is passionate about the environment - on South China Morning Post website, as part of Spirit of Hong Kong series
香港生態旅遊：親近自然 守護自然(上) - article about me (in Chinese) in Epoch Times.
Hong Kong – the world’s least likely bird sanctuary - on Cathay Pacific Facebook page, largely re my efforts to promote nature tourism in Hong Kong.