Stewart is a well-respected British explorer and naturalist, a prolific author and a talented producer and presenter of documentaries. He has most recently been seen on screen in the UK and internationally presenting the BBC’s Britain’s Treasure Islands. He regularly raises funds for wildlife conservation causes and founded Ark of Life
Stewart McPherson was born in Poole, England in 1983. He was obsessed with the natural world as a child, and assembled a small zoo in his bedroom, with over one hundred species of insects, fish, reptiles, spiders, frogs, giant millipedes and other creepy crawlies. Annual visits to the Natural History Museum in London and the steamy crystal palaces of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew were near-religious experiences, and he began writing his first wildlife book at the age of 16.
Stewart studied Geography at Durham University, with years studying abroad at Yale University, USA and Tubingen University, Germany. As a university student, he organised and undertook a series of helicopter expeditions to the remote and little-explored "lost world" plateaus of Venezuela, which yielded the discovery of several new species. At Yale, he completed two natural history books, which were published whilst he was a university student.
On graduating from university, Stewart set up a company(Redfern Natural History Productions), and began a 10 - year project to climb and explore over 300 mountains across the world in search of wildlife to complete research and acquire photographs for a series of 25 natural history books and monographs.Many of the mountains he visited had not been climbed before, and he discovered and named over one dozen further new species – including a giant carnivorous plant that traps rodents, which he named after Sir David Attenborough.
Stewart has fronted numerous broadcast wildlife documentaries, and recently undertook a 70, 000 km journey to visit all of the UK Overseas Territories.
This four year journey involved visiting some of the most remote and uninhabited islands on Earth, sailing unchartered waters and visiting unnamed islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.The resulting three - part series for the BBC was Britain’s Treasure Islands.The accompanying natural history book received sponsorship to be sent to every secondary school across the UK, and Stewart also presented and narrated 42 short films exploring the wildlife of the territories for online release.
He also recently returned from filming an expedition to the furthest reaches of Greenland, beyond the northernmost human settlement on Earth, to discover what lies beyond the invisible line that marks the boundary of man.
Today, in addition to running his company, publishing books and producing natural history films, he also organises and leads specialist natural history expeditions across the world and raises money for wildlife conservation causes.
Stewart now splits his time between travelling, and spending time with his family in London and Sydney.In his free time, he is a passionate diver, photographer, hill - walker, and undertakes dozens of natural history lectures across the world every year.