McCracken, Davy

Davy McCracken is Professor of Agricultural Ecology and an Associate of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre. He has over 25 years’ experience of investigating the relationships between European farming systems and farmland biodiversity. The focus of Davy’s research to-date has revolved around obtaining a greater understanding of the complex ecological relationships between farm management practices and the improvement or maintenance of the biodiversity value of UK and European farming systems.

McNeillie, Andrew

Andrew McNeillie founded the magazine Archipelagoin 2007, and the Clutag Press, which publishes it, more than ten years ago. Of his several books of verse and memoir perhaps best known is his highly-praised addition to the literature of the Aran Islands, An Aran Keening (2001). His most recent book of poems is Losers Keepers (an Agenda special edition, 2011). A …

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Melchett, Peter

  Peter Melchett has been Policy Director of the Soil Association, the UK’s main organic food and farming organization, since 2001. He runs an 890-acre organic farm in Norfolk, with beef cattle and arable seed crops. He is a member of the BBC’s Rural Affairs Committee and was a member of the Government’s Rural Climate Change …

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Merritt, Matt

Matt Merritt Matt Merritt is a poet whose books Making The Most Of The Light (HappenStance, 2005), Troy Town(Arrowhead, 2008) and hydrodaktulopsychicharmonica (Nine Arches, 2010) focus on the natural world, and man’s interaction with it. He is a journalist at Bird Watching Magazine, blogs at polyolbion.blogspot.co.uk, and lives near Leicester. For Nature Matters, Matt will read from his collections, …

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Mynott, Jeremy

Jeremy Mynott spent most of his professional career in publishing at Cambridge University Press, working successively as editor, editorial director, managing director and chief executive. Jeremy has explored the variety of human responses to birds in Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience (2009), a book described by reviewers as ‘the finest book ever written about why we watch birds’ (Guardian) and ‘ a wonderful rumination on birds and birders through space and time for anyone interested in our relationship with nature’ (THES). In 2016 he published Knowing your Place, an account of the wildlife in the tiny Suffolk hamlet of Shingle Street; and his most recent book is a cultural history of Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words (2018). He is an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, a regular reviewer for the TLS and a founder member of New Networks for Nature.

Padel, Ruth

Ruth Padel’s collections include Darwin – A Life in Poems and The Mara Crossing, a meditation on migration. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Trustee of the Zoological Society of London. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and a British Council Darwin Now research award. She teaches poetry at King’s College London.

Pearson, Bruce

Bruce Pearson is a painter and printmaker. Over the past 40 years he has worked on a range of subjects and themes about species in wild landscapes, sometimes in more remote places where people and their activity interact with wildlife and habitats. He is fascinated by the rhythm and restlessness of the natural world and often completes a painting directly in the field, while volumes of sketches and studies provide ideas and fresh starting points for painting and printmaking work in the studio. His work has been widely exhibited in the UK and overseas in many group and solo exhibitions. His recent Troubled Waters project, in collaboration with BirdLife International, followed the lives and fortunes of the countless seabirds that collide with industrial fishing interests on the open ocean.

Perrin, Jim

  Jim Perrin is one of the country’s leading rock-climbers and the author of fourteen books including The Villain (2005), his award-winning biography of the climber Don Whillans, and West (2010), a hugely acclaimed memoir about personal tragedy and his triumph over grief. He is Fellow of the Welsh Academy and Hon. Fellow of Bangor University.

Reynolds, Fiona

  Dame Fiona Reynolds has been Director-General of the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1 January 2001. She has degrees in Geography and Land Economy from Cambridge University. Before the Trust, Fiona spent eighteen years in the voluntary conservation movement (as chief executive of the Council for National Parks and CPRE) and …

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Roe, Andrea

  Andrea Roe is an artist and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art whose work examines the nature of human and animal biology, behaviour, communication and interaction within specific ecological contexts. She has undertaken residencies in a number of institutions – ranging from the Wellcome Trust to the Crichton Royal Hospital, to the National Museums of …

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