I was a guest panelist on a Bats in the Media global webinar in July, along with Prof Adam Hart, Prof Tigga Kingston, Prof Liliana Davalos and Prof Dan Riskin discussing the challenges of achieving good science content in the media, and the importance of scientists and conservationists working with the media. It will be available soon via @GlobalBatNet [Global union of Bat Diversity Networks].
I am an occasional guest on Bristol City FM radio's weekly Wednesday wildlife shows, called Shepherds Way, discussing all manner of wildlife topics - seasonal wildflower ecology, bees, bats, hedgehogs, gardens, the City Nature Challenge, how to be a naturalist and get better at wildlife recording, upcoming talks and more. You can listen back on this link: here.
I write about, teach and do ecology. I aim to bring wildlife closer, help us improve our understanding of it, conserve it and provide guidance on resolving conflict. Based in Bristol, I offer a range of services in ecology consultancy, science, publishing, teaching and nature discovery. I am also the founder of One by One Conservation, an environmental campaign group.
BBC Radio Bristol
In August issue of BBC Wildlife magazine I've explored calls for reforms to transform urban green spaces and bring back their lost wildlife, and the history of why many of them are ecologically barren compared to what they could be. There are exciting plans linked to this, which will mean wild flowers grow in the footsteps of Greta Thunberg and climate activists.
I will be giving an online talk on British trees and woodlands, hosted by the Royal Society of Biology on Thursday 17th September 2020.
Booking details to follow soon.
Tree talk with the Royal Society of Biology
Wild flower, tree & ecology courses
I support campaigners who are against increasing carbon-heavy aviation and its promotion in the media. Last year I joined speakers for talks in Bristol on flying less, alongside author / campaigner Anna Hughes, MEP Molly Scott Cato and airport campaigner Libby Scott. Anna is steering the UK Flight Free 2020 campaign. More on Anna's campaign here. An article by me on this topic was published by The Ecologist here.
Thanks to presenter Steve Yabsley for our eco chat on BBC Radio Bristol. It is available on this link for a brief period. It starts at 33 mins: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07m70f2 We discussed: ecology, our environmental mess, dormice, why Sean Taylor and I wrote Winter Sleep, wild things happening in the woods, the power of one, social shift, plastic attack and why I'm #flightfree.
Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story is written by me and children's author Sean Taylor, illustrated by Cinyee Chiu.
A young boy shares his woodland adventure and discovers where life disappears to in winter. This is a story of childhood wonder, enriched with science, natural history and incredible creatures, idea for 4-8 year olds. A mix of story telling and educational non fiction. On sale now in good book shops & online. Info here.
Bats in the media & better science comms
I teamed up with my author buddy Sean Taylor to take part in Bristol's exciting new Storytale children's literature festival launched in 2019, in the woods at Arnos Vale and at StorySmith book shop. The organisers hope for a repeat in 2020. More soon.
The short training courses I run each year are on hold for the time being due to Covid-19. I hope to announce more teaching dates soon with Avon Wildlife Trust at Grow Wilder (formerly called Feed Bristol). Meanwhile I am still tutoring online with the Identiplant course.