Dr Tim Cockerill is a zoologist, circus performer, broadcaster and photographer
Tim specialises in communicating science and natural history to a wide range of audiences. With particular expertise in the smaller examples of animal life – especially insects and their relatives – there’s no shortage of inspiration.
Tim is also a collector of curious objects, skills and interests. Follow the curiosities link to find out about Tim’s collection of obscurities.
Papua New Guinea Research
Tim has spent most of summer 2015 in the wilds of Papua New Guinea, researching rare species for the University of Oxford. Watch this space for photos of some weird and wonderful (but mostly wonderful) creatures from the jungle!
Science of Stupid for National Geographic Channel
Tim is the fire-breathing consultant for the new series of Science of Stupid, to be broadcast worldwide in 2015 in over 170 countries. Click the photo to watch slow-motion fire breathing and some extra clips showing how NOT to breathe fire!
National Insect Week Photography Competition
Tim wins first prize in the National Insect Week Photography Competition in the category ‘Small is Beautiful’. Click on the image for more info.
Fire-eating in Egypt
Roll up, roll up and see Tim performing the sensational fire eating show at Soho Square, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt throughout January 2015! More details about the show here.
Tim presents Spider House on BBC4 with Professor Alice Roberts
Tim and Alice go on a journey into all things arachnid in this 90 minute TV documentary for BBC4 by the award-winning Windfall Films. To be broadcast around the world in 2014 and 2015, the programme features world-class macro footage of incredible spider behaviour and insights into the fascinating science behind these amazing animals.
CBBC Wild 2014
Hit live TV show Wild makes its triumphant return to CBBC in 2014. See Tim on Wild throughout the Autumn presenting ‘Dr. Cockerill’s Bizarre Bazaar’, joined by a host of weird and wonderful creatures. Broadcast live on Saturday mornings from 9-10am. It’s worth getting up for!
Tim is honoured to perform with a calvacade of sideshow legends in summer 2014 at the Sideshow Wonderground on London’s Southbank. Tim is the resident fire-eater and can also be seen exercising his showmanship as ‘spieler’ on the outside. Among the other performers are The Lizardman, The Space Cowboy (world record sword swallower) and Gary Stretch (the man with the world’s stretchiest skin!)
Insect Question Time at the Natural History Museum
To kick off National Insect Week 2014 Tim is part of a panel of insect experts at London’s Natural History Museum. With Jonathan Ross as guest host and questions put to the panel from the live audience and online viewers around the world, an afternoon spent talking about insects has never been so entertaining!