World Curlew Day - April 21


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 describes that journey and what I discovered.

In 2017, I undertook the 220 mile long John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada in California, setting into train thoughts about wilderness for a future book.

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 on the Mall Galleries in London.

Latest News - an article in the Guardian on 10.10.18 on the spread of Sitka spruce plantations throughout Ireland.



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.