Nature and Wildlife Photographer / Writer / Blogger
ROWENA CASTILLO NICHOLLS was born on the 1st July 1972 in Solano Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines to Leon Penera Castillo and Angelita Caddauan Castillo, both retired government educators. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Doctor of Dental Medicine at the Manila Central University. She has a brother Russel, finished a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and a sister Rachel, finished a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioural Science. She has two genius and adorable nephews, Gabriel Angelo and Miguel Angelo.
Rowena came to Cornwall to live in 2009 and married Robin William Nicholls. In that short span of time, as she says, “I've already seen almost every corner of the spectacular and picturesque countryside of Cornwall which I have come to love, especially its diverse nature and wildlife. I go walking as much as I can and that's what got me into photography. I am not a professional photographer; I am just a nature and wildlife enthusiast. I just want to capture the beauty and wonder of what I see through my lens.”
Rowena loves bird-watching and butterfly-watching. She loves taking photographs of the Cornish Choughs and Butterflies in Cornwall. She also loves taking photographs of scenery, sunset, food and others...
Rowena is the "Author and Photographer" of "Paloresow Kernewek, The Cornish Choughs on the North Cornwall Coast" published in 2013. She is currently working on her next one, "Paloresow Kernewek, The Cornish Choughs on the Roseland Peninsula".
Rowena have been very lucky on the 23 May 2016, to be the first one to have seen and photographed the "Bearded Vulture", also known as the LAMMERGEIER or OSSIFRAGE in Cornwall. The bird is "Cornwall's First" as well as "UK's First". Very lucky indeed.
Birdwatching on the North Cornwall Coast on a gorgeous sunny day.
Voluntary Work, Affiliation and Membership:
1) Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Chough Watcher From September 2012 - Present Website: www.rspb.org.uk/
3) Campaign to Protect Rural England, Cornwall (CPRE Cornwall) Committee Social Media Administrator - manages Twitter & Instagram accounts From February 2019 – Present Website: www.cprecornwall.org/
4) Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society (CBMS) Trustee & Founding Member Webmaster - set up & manage the Website Social Media Administrator - set up & manages Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts From July 2014 – Present Website: www.cornwallbutterflyandmothsociety.org.uk/
5) The Women's Centre Cornwall Community Engagement Project Volunteer Social Media Administrator - set up & manage Facebook Group Page From June 2018 – Present Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/groups/460855424337102/
6) Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland (SIGBI), St Austell & District Committee, Press & Publicity Social Media Administrator - manages Facebook & Twitter accounts From April 2019 – Present Website: sigbi.org/st-austell-and-district/
7) Cornwall Birdwatching & Preservation Society (CBWPS) Member From March 2016 – Present Website: www.cbwps.org.uk/