Neil has had a passion for the natural environment for many years, mainly through his interest in wild birds and birdwatching. This interest turned in to something more that just birdwatching when he became involved in the Oystercatcher Conservation Program (establishing reasons for poulation declines) as the East coast coordinator over a period of 6 years. This project was run under the supervision of Prof. Phil Hockey from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute at the University of Cape Town. He went on to be the only amateur contributing author to the latest version of Roberts Birds of Southern Africa Vol 7, and then eventually as Conservation Division Manager for BirdLife South Africa for a number of years. During this period he completed a Diploma in Bird Biology through the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology in the USA. At BirdLife South Africa he was responsible for the conservation partnership with ESKOM in the Ingula pumped storage scheme, the Albatross task Force, the Southern Bald Ibis conservation project and the BirdLife international Important Bird Area program. As a result Ukhuselo is also able to offer specialist bird studies for environmental impact assessments if required.