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.
Sean Taylor and I took part in Bristol's exciting new Storytale children's literature festival in October, down in the woods at Arnos Vale and at StorySmith book shop on North Street.
The festival organisers have just confirmed there are plans to repeat the event in 2020 with lots of events. More details soon.
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 a public evening of 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 in October. 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.
I am currently on the BBC Wildlife magazine expert panel answering questions on the science behind fascinating ecological curiosities. I've also been investigating an exciting challenge that's emerging in the wake of Greta Thunberg and climate activists, to be revealed 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.
BBC Wildlife: Questions for the nature-curious
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.