EDUCATION AND TRAINING MSc Biological Recording Post-Grad Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques BSc (joint honours) 1st class, Biology and Environmental Science NCTJ National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism
Other 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.
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 + 2 decades in ecology & environmental science.
My work involves defending and promoting the conservation of protected species, their habitats and wider environment, creating opportunities for others to make exciting discoveries about the natural world, plus writing, editing, talking, teaching, broadcasting and producing content on nature, science, conservation and environment.