Bringing wildlife closer

Introduction to Wildflower Identification

Saturday & Sunday June 16 & 17, 2018, at Feed Bristol

I am running my popular 2-day botanical training course again, hosted by Avon Wildlife Trust, for beginners and intermediate levels. ​


BSBI New Year Plant Hunt

This charming chap, his Mrs and young will now be fattening up and looking for shelter for the winter as nights get colder. We have display plaques available if anyone wishes to take part in our Hedgehog Highway Appeal in 2018 with South Bristol Voice, Avon Wildlife Trust and the Hedgehog Society. We've appealed to Bristol people to help hedgehogs, record & map sightings, and open up garden access to increase habitat for this declining, iconic British species. Simply make a hedgehog access hole in your garden wall or fence about the size of a brick (13cm x 13cm). Please contact me to claim your plaque, to inspire your friends and neighbours & map your sightings! 

🐞 Myth busting time! 🐞

I will be on Bristol City FM and Stokes Croft FM during October with the Shepherd's Way show, discussing spiders, bats, ladybirds and rabies... and how wildlife has been hitting the headlines in the wrong way.

Victoria Park Owl Day

Saturday Aug 26, 2017, 1 - 4pm, Bristol​

Meet the owls! Feathery family fun with me, VPAG, Secret World Wildlife Rescue & RSPB.

Come and learn more about Britain’s wonderful wild trees with me. 
​I am running a beginners' tree identification short course on Saturday October 13th at Feed Bristol, with Avon Wildlife Trust. £25. Booking: here.

Independent Ecologist, Freelance Journalist, Educator, Author

🌿 Bristol Naturalists's Society bioblitz  🌿

Who can resist an English wood in May? I will be hosting a public walk on wild flowers and trees, on Saturday May 11 as part of our biobltz at Blaise Castle in Bristol. Our experts will comb woods, grasslands and stream for wildlife, explore geology, record what we find and help the public learn about it. All welcome. 9-5pm.

It was great to be involved as an event leader and wildlife recorder with the global #CityNatureChallenge2018. Our Bristol and Bath region came 1st in Europe! This confirms that our region is a genuine hub of nature lovers and experts. More info from the Festival of Nature team here.

​I have set up an iSpot project page for south Bristol. It is free, fun and open to everyone to use. The site provides a permanent map and growing photo gallery of local wildlife records, built continuously by everyone in the community. It supports the My Wild Bedminster project. Hopefully it will trigger and satisfy curiosity about nature, increase wildlife recording and knowledge. Anyone can use it to share photos of wildlife sightings and get free expert help to identify species. 

My Wild Bedminster Winners!

Congrats to our wildlife art winners: Filippo Mele, Megan Anthony, Sebastian Flower and Ashton Gate Primary School. We challenged children to go out on a wild adventure, discover & draw Bristol's wildlife - with kids' TV Star Andy Day, My Wild Bedminster's Ben Barker, South Bristol Voice, schools, Avon Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation and me.

Discover Wild Flowers for Pollinators

Saturday July 14, Bristol - details on this link: Poster

I am running a workshop in Bristol with Buglife on our wonderful wild flowers and their importance to pollinators. This is part of the Urban Buzz project.

Festival - wildlife corner

Saturday Sept 16, 2017, Victoria Park, Bristol​. 

We are hosting wildlife activities with VPAG & guests at this event.

Saturday, December 30, 2017. Victoria Park & Northern Slopes, Bristol.

Come and find winter wild flowers with me as I lead our annual Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland stomp, in search of midwinter blossoms.  

We are 1st in Europe in the City Nature Challenge !

🌳Discover Wild Flowers for Pollinators 🌳

Bristol Festival of Nature  

Saturday & Sunday June 9 & 10, 2018  

Come on down to Millennium Square in Bristol for 2 days of interesting talks, interactive activities for all ages, at Bristol's popular annual Festival of Nature.
I will be speaking alongside fellow Bristol Naturalists' Society members Steve Nicholls and Richard Bland on the value of naturalist field skills.


•  I post various events and opportunities on here as they arise. I am involved with a few projects as an honorary Avon Wildlife Trust Champion, e.g. running sessions with school kids, pollinator projects, a hedgehog project in south Bristol, wildlife discovery events and habitat creation activities, dormice research, all in partnership with conservation charities. I also lead wildlife projects for Victoria Park Wildlife Group. 

•  I run science-rich wildlife workshops & activities, for schools and other groups, e.g. leading Bioblitz events and sessions on jungle explorers, plant science, teaching survey & identification skills, pollinators, willow tunnel creation, mammal tracking, minibeasts and reptiles. ​I am DBS-checked for working with children. Please ask if you're interested.

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