At heart I am a naturalist. Professionally I am an independent ecologist, journalist, author and educator. I am also one of Avon Wildlife Trust's Wildlife Champions. I have most of 3 decades experience in & out of publishing + 16 working in ecology.
My work involves defending and promoting the conservation of protected species and their habitats, creating opportunities for others to make exciting discoveries about the natural world, plus writing, editing, broadcasting and producing written and digital content on nature, science, conservation and environment.
Bringing wildlife closer
EDUCATION AND TRAINING MSc Biological Recording - Manchester Metropolitan University. Post-Graduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques - University of Oxford. BSc (joint honours) 1st class, Biology and Environmental Science - University of Gloucestershire. NCTJ National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism - Highbury College, Portsmouth.
Professional training: journalism, public administration (local, central, European government), law (wildlife, media, criminal); environmental science lab and field techniques; geochemistry; ecology field skills (FISC-certificated botanist, PEA, Phase 1 & NVC habitat surveys; species identification & survey methods for plants, mammals, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians); mitigation and translocation; habitat creation; mapping; statistics; scientific report writing; risk assessment; teaching. Many years of science fieldwork experience, largely in the UK; some tropical & Mediterranean. EXAMPLES OF CLIENTS AND/OR ASSOCIATES
Ecology: Nicholas Pearson Associates, IES Ltd, Simecology, Green Ecology, Burrows Ecological, EcoLogic, Waterman, Tyler Grange, EcoSchemes/Gary Grant, James Dyson, Avon Wildlife Trust, University of Bristol, University of Reading, Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, Bristol Natural History Consortium, Festival of Nature, Rewilding Britain, Get Bristol Buzzing, Association of Science and Discovery Centres, Victoria Park Action Group, St Mary Redcliffe Primary School, Victoria Park Primary School, Ashton Gate Primary School, Horfield Primary School, Bristol Museum and Bristol City Council.
Publishing & broadcasting: Quarto, Welbeck, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, The Ecologist, The Independent, Ecohustler, Where The Leaves Fall, Bristol Voice, Bristol Cable, Bristol 247, Bristol Spark, Bristol City FM, Shepherds Way, BBC Radio Bristol, ITV, BBC TV. Future (eg Guitarist, Future Music, Official Playstation, ImagineFX, MacFormat, Computer Arts, property, travel, contract publishing), Origin/Immediate Media, James Pembroke Publishing, Merricks, Reed, Newsquest, Northcliffe & Associated Newspapers.
MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS
The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Avon Wildlife Trust - trainer, member, honorary Wildlife Champion. National Dormouse Monitoring Programme. Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.
Field Studies Council/Identiplant.
Bristol Green Capital Partnership. National Union of Journalists.
Victoria Park Wildlife Group.
Bristol Naturalists' Society.
One by One Conservation. British Ecological Society.