Richard Peirce is a passionate wildlife and shark conservationist who now spends most of his time on various projects trying to promote wildlife conservation and stop species being pushed into extinction, he is an authoritative and entertaining speaker. He founded the Shark Conservation Society in 2003 and has been its chairman for 14 years and joined the Shark Trust as a member in 1997, became a trustee in 2004, and took over the chair later in the same year.
"Your talk was fascinating and really hit the right mark with the audience. We have had some lovely e-mails from people who really enjoyed the evening."
Royal Geographic Society
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Richard Peirce is best known as a shark conservationist who has been trying to help ensure a future for this threatened group of animals for twenty five years. An accomplished speaker Richard believes that the field of conservation has important aspects which are applicable across many aspects of modern life. The principles of sensible, ethical and sustainable actions and behaviour in regards to conservation are all principles that can be applied to almost any area, from business to education. Richard has appeared in several documentaries, and on countless radio & TV programmes. He has crammed five divergent careers into his life so far, and has some extraordinary tales from personal experience of wars, rock n' roll, sharks, global travel and Middle East Sheikhs, Kings, Princes, and billionaires. He is a natural stand up and his talks are pacey, informative and can be very funny. Richard and his wife Jacqui now divide their time between living in Cornwall, Southern Africa and the Middle East. Conservation projects, film making, photography, and researching his books involves Richard in regular travel all over the world.
In 2005 Richard and Jacqui Peirce started Shark Cornwall specifically to provide a vehicle for bringing the existence of sharks in British waters to the attention of the general public. In 2006 they launched the first cage diving in northern Europe working off Cornwall with Blue sharks as the target species. Having successfully launched this "new to Britain" form of shark eco-tourism Shark Cornwall is now working with Cornish skippers to take it forward. The author of seven books: 'Sharks in British Seas', 'Sharks off Cornwall & Devon' and 'Shark Attack Britain', 'Pirates of Devon & Cornwall' and 'Execution Sites of Devon & Cornwall', and 'The Poacher’s Moon'. Richard Peirce’s latest book, 'Giant Steps', is a powerful piece of literature which traces the lives of two African elephants, and uses their story to assess the question of elephants in captivity and their current conservation status. 'The Poacher’s Moon' was first published in Europe in September 2013, and then having sold out was re-published by Random House in Africa. 'Giant Steps' will be the second Random House published book and will be followed by 'The Long Swim'.
After returning from Africa in April 2014, Richard started giving a talk on 'The Poacher’s Moon' which not only tells the story of Higgins and Lady (two rhinos who were attacked), but also analyses the problems park rangers have protecting these wonderful creatures, and the steps that can be taken to save this species from extinction in the wild. At the moment he has a range of talks which can be offered to suit the occasion. The current talks are on rhino poaching, sharks and shark conservation, and the future of trying to save the world’s wildlife. These talks are suitable for clubs, societies, and educational establishments, which can also be adapted to use for after dinner speaking. Recently various high profile big name organisations such as the WWF, the Zoological Society of London, the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Unit and others have published research showing that the battle to save the world’s wildlife is being rapidly lost. Richard believes that a revolution is required among both government bodies and NGO’s if we are to save earth’s wild fauna and flora, and this is the subject of one of his new talks.
Some Examples of Richard Peirce's TV & Print Media Work
* Richard & Judy Show (C4 TV)
* Coast (BBC 1 & 2 TV)
* Shark Hunt (BBC Radio 4) Presenter
* Killer Sharks Live (C5 TV)
* Great Ocean Adventures (C5 TV)
* The Boar People (BBC Radio 4) Presenter
* The Great British Summer (BBC 1 TV)
* Year of Weird Weather (BBC 1 TV)
* Great White Great Britain (BBC 1 TV) Programme consultant
* Devon & Cornwall’s Sharks (Book) Writer
* Sharks in British Seas (Book) Writer
"May I, on behalf of our association and all those who attended your incredible lecture last night, thank you for giving us such a wonderful insight into your world of sharks! I feel sure that your visit will linger on in our minds for many years to come, and hope that through Rory, we may have you back again sometime in the near future."
Penzance Harbour Users Association
"Everybody is raving about your talk and show and I am sure the Trust will benefit by some new members. A really interesting and entertaining evening."
Worthing British Sub Aqua Club
"Not really a talk or a lecture but pure entertainment. A fast moving journey through the world of sharks, laughter, sadness, information, and passion. Not to be missed."
Newton Le Willows
"Thank you very much for the very erudite and exciting talk you gave us yesterday afternoon, which was much enjoyed by all and which provided us with a lot of food for thought."
The University of the Third Age
"Your double talk to the school about Sharks was outstanding and really interesting. Everybody who went to it thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and I am sure that you were aware of the rapt attention around the room. You had 130 people there which was very pleasing, a number which exceeded those whom I had suggested should go by a huge margin."
"Thank you and Maria for your visit to Taunton school and the excellent talk on sharks. The highest form of praise is the pupils are still discussing it!"
"I am just writing to thank you for the very interesting talk that you gave to our students on the 13th November 2001. Everybody really enjoyed it. I hope we will be able to arrange a similar talk in the future."
Berkshire College of Agriculture
"Richard delivered an excellent talk, aimed at just the right level to engage both the lay listener and the more serious conservationist. Pacy and interesting, with multimedia presentation bringing the dramatic footage into the room, the students were really taken by the plight of these majestic creatures."