Nigel's Favourite Places

A guide to the destinations that have really made a big impression on Nigel over the years. This section will be updated regularly to form a compendium of some of the planet's most exciting locations.


Off to the Islands

The Izu Islands are volcanic and lie off the south coast of Honshu, Japan. They’re home to the endangered Izu Islands thrush. The islanders are so proud of the bird that there’s photos of it on the aeroplanes that fly you to the Islands. One of my main aims in visiting the Izu Islands was to see this rare thrush- a mission that proved successful.



Malaysia: Nigel has been to Malaysia many times in his career and is always inspired by its magnificent landscapes and diverse wildlife. In recent years, Nigel visited Borneo for the filming of ‘Eating Wild’, a series that he co-presented with Malaysian chef Anis Nabilah. The pair explored some of the country’s nature reserves and animal sanctuaries, and Anis cooked some fabulous Malaysian dishes! Nigel returned to Malaysia in early 2015 to film an episode for the second series of ‘Ten Deadliest Snakes’, where he met worshippers and vipers at Penang’s famous snake temple and took a boat trip through the mangrove swamps of Langkawi.


China: During 2010 and 2011 Nigel spent much of his time exploring and filming the vast and diverse natural wonders that China has to offer for his series ‘Untamed China’. His encounters with the wildlife and the people there have secured a special place in his heart for this country.


Japan: Nigel has visited this island nation several times over the course of his career. This section covers his most recent trip, in 2008.