I am Angus Malmgren. I was born in Sweden in January 1996, and am of Swedish/English descent. I moved to England when I was five years old, and since then I have lived near Cirencester in the Cotswold Water Park.
I have a wide variety of interests, but I especially like to go for walks in the countryside with my dog, Bilbo; it’s just a shame that he doesn’t like to go for walks as much as I do. I love wildlife watching, and this past year I have enjoyed learning and gaining experience in setting up camera traps, capturing footage of Beavers, Otters as well as following the development of a den of fox cubs. I am working on improving my photographic skills, and have recently been trying to photograph birds in flight at bird of prey centres and Red Kite feeding stations.
Other interests include drawing and painting, which can be seen in the gallery below, and music. I have Grade 6 guitar (Acoustic) and Grade 7 violin. Over the years I have played in a variety of music groups on both instruments in and around Cirencester. I am planning to take my 2nd Dan Black Belt in Wado-Ryu Karate this spring, and I also do fencing (foil and sabre). Living in the Cotswold Water Park has given me the ideal opportunity to participate in a wide variety of water sports, so I have completed the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme as well as RYA Start Racing. I have my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and am now working on the Gold Award.
I took my GCSEs at Cirencester Deer Park School, and last summer I took my A levels at Cirencester College in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Further Maths, as well as an AS level in History. I also did an extended research project entitled “Why do birds fly in V formation?”, which gave me an opportunity to study a topic that is of particular interest to me at considerable depth.
I have a place to study Natural Sciences at Exeter University in September 2015. I am looking forward to learning more about the traditional science subjects, such as Physics, Maths, Biology and Chemistry, whilst combining them with exciting new facets to modern science, such as mathematical and computational biology, materials science, the science of the oceans, atmospheres and climate, astrophysics, and energy research. I hope that the multidisciplinary approach will put me in a unique position to be able to understand and contribute to solutions for the critical global problems of today.
I am now taking a Gap Year. The highlight of this year will be the expedition to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, so I will be working hard during this time to fund this. I am also taking several online courses from the edX program (www.edx.org), including Biology and Computer Programming. I am hoping to improve upon my drawing skills, so will be doing some art courses throughout my Gap Year, which includes drawing and painting wildlife. I am also learning to drive.
I am a regular volunteer at the Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre, which had 2699 patients throughout 2013. At this time of year much of the work is with the hedgehogs, but over the next few months, the Rescue Centre will be moving site so it will be rather hectic there. I also volunteer at the Corinium Museum, which gives me an insight into local Roman history and the workings of a museum, whilst also affording me an excellent opportunity to handle exciting historical artefacts.
All artwork in this gallery is copyright of Angus Malmgren