World Curlew Day - April 21

On April 20th 2019, I was interviewed for the Today Programme.


Explore this site for my articles, radio, TV and internet productions, campaign for a GCSE in Natural History, my books and my blog.

I am a producer and writer interested in all aspects of the natural world. I am particularly drawn to the complex and shifting interface between wildlife and society, where the most inspiring and difficult issues lie.

My interest in the natural world isn't passive. In 2016, I walked 500 miles across Ireland and the UK to find out more about the relentless decline of one of our most loved birds, the Curlew. My new book, Curlew Moon (Harper Collins 2018) describes that journey and what I discovered. I am delighted to now be writing a book on our relationship with predators in the UK, also with Harper Collins.

In 2017, I undertook the 220 mile long John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada in California, to explore the landscapes that inspired Muir and to see how the California of 1870 compares to today.

I am on the Steering Group of New Networks for Nature, a yearly conference that brings together scientists, conservationists, artists, writers and musicians to celebrate nature through different lenses.

Do get in touch if I can help you with programmes, public speaking and writing.

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In 2017, I was delighted to be awarded the BTO Dilys Breese Medal for outstanding Communication in Science. It was presented at a ceremony in the Mall Galleries in London.

Recent articles:

The Tablet, July 2019, on climate change.

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The Tablet, May 2019, on the extinction crisis facing the world


BBC Wildlife Magazine, March 2019, on a GCSE in Natural History

Birdwatch Magazine on Curlew decline, Feb 2019

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Countryman Magazine - The Nature of Creativity, Feb 2019. As we lose nature are we losing a primary source of inspiration?



As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.