World Curlew Day - April 21

On April 20th 2019, I was interviewed for the Today Programme on the need for World Curlew Day.


Explore this site to find out about my work to save curlews, articles, radio, TV and internet productions, campaign for a GCSE in Natural History, my books, talks 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.

I am a trustee 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.


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. Curlew Moon (Harper Collins 2018) describes the journey and what I discovered.

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. My book, John Muir - the Scotsman Who Saved America’s Wild Places was published in 2013, by Lion Hudson.

I am delighted to be writing a book on our relationship with predators in the UK, also with Harper Collins, due to be published in 2020.

Receiving the BTO Dilys Breese Award

Receiving the BTO Dilys Breese Award


2019 - WWT Marsh Award for Wetland Conservation, held at the WWT London Wetland Centre on October 10th

2018 - David Bellamy Education Trust Award.

2017 - BTO Dilys Breese Medal for outstanding Communication in Science. It was presented at a ceremony in the Mall Galleries in London.

2009 - Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for best internet programme

2007 - Garden Writers Guild Award for best radio programme

Recent articles:

The Tablet, July 2019, on climate change.

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

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

Shooting Times - The Winds of Change, Feb 2019

Birdwatch Magazine on Curlew decline, Feb 2019

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

Shooting Times - End Game for Curlew. July 2018

The Guardian - The Bloody Truth About Conservation, 28 May 2018 - are we honest about how culling for conservation?

The Guardian - A Forestry Boom is Turning Ireland into an Ecological Dead Zone, 10 October 2018 - The relentless spread of sitka plantations


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.