Matthew Paul was shortlisted for the Pighog Press / Poetry School Pamphlet Competition 2013 and is the writer/editor, with John Barlow, of Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku. His first collection of haiku, The Regulars, was published by Snapshot Press in 2006 and his second, The Lammas Lands, is forthcoming from the same publisher. He posts a …
Lucy McRobert is an environmental historian, nature writer, wildlife blogger and Creative Director of the ‘A Focus On Nature’ scheme, which seeks to encourage young people into nature conservation careers in Britain. She gained a First Class degree from the University of Nottingham in 2012, and her final year Dissertation on the nature reserve ‘ideal’ in Britain after the Second World War was awarded the Robert Mellors Prize for English History. Whilst an undergraduate, she was runner-up in BBC Wildlife magazine ‘Nature Writer of the Year’ competition. Lucy has written for Nottinghamshire Today, the Newark Herald, the Ghosts of Gone Birds international art/conservation symposium, 2020 Vision (2012), Birdwatching and BBC Wildlife. Most recently, she has been asked to pen a column in Birdwatch magazine, discussing controversial wildlife topics, and is currently assisting environmentalist and author Tony Juniper in the research of his forthcoming book What has Nature ever done for Britain?, in conjunction with The Wildlife Trusts.
Harriet Mead is an award-winning sculptor and the President of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA). The influence of her late father, the ornithologist, author and broadcaster, Chris Mead, meant it was probably inevitable that she should take an interest in natural history and use it in her work. During her time at the helm of the SWLA, Harriet has worked to broaden their audience and to shrug off the negative connotations of wildlife art. Having worked on various projects with the Artists for Nature Foundation, she also has plans to encourage conservation organisations to make use of the SWLA pool of artists to help bring a different perspective to their projects and to highlight areas of conservation concern all over the world.
Nick Moran is a birder. In 2009 he escaped from the grip of teaching Biology in secondary schools to live the dream and now works for BTO, where he runs BirdTrack. He is particularly interested in migration, whether that’s mobilising birdwatchers’ records to better understand the changing patterns of arrival and departure times of migratory species, or scouring the north Norfolk coast in the vain hope of finding a rare vagrant. If you don’t already use the BirdTrack App to log your sightings in the field via a smartphone, Nick will explain why it’s the way forward!
Elliot Morley was born in Liverpool and became interested in nature conservation as a member of the Merseyside Naturalists Association and the Merseyside Ringing Group. He was elected MP for Glanford and Scunthorpe in 1987 and served as a shadow minister from 1989 to 1997. He was Parliamentary Secretary in MAFF from 1997 to 2003, responsible for animal welfare, water policy, flood defence, forestry, fisheries and agri-environment, Minister for Water, Nature Conservation, and Waste Management in DEFRA till 2006, and later Minister for Environment and Climate Change. He chaired the Parliamentary Select Committee for Energy and Climate Change from 2007–2010, was president of GLOBE (Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment) from 2007–2009, served as vice president of the BTO, and was on the council of the RSPB and honorary vice president of the RSPCA. Married with two children, his interests include birding, natural history, nature photography, scuba diving, and travel.
Paul Morton is a naturalist, project manager of publishing company the Sound Approach and founder of the Birds of Poole Harbour education charity. His passion and belief in communicating with people about nature is what led him to set up a whole new charity about his ‘local patch’, Poole Harbour. Over the last 15 years Paul has built up a detailed understanding of this unique RAMSAR site in southern England and in 2010 made it his mission to interpret his knowledge to the many thousands of visitors that visited Arne RSPB reserve where he was appointed to work. The Sound Approach were recently catapulted on to the global stage when their team discovered a brand new species of Owl to science out in Oman, which they named the Omani Owl.
Stephen Moss is a naturalist, television producer, writer and broadcaster specialising in British wildlife. In a 30 year career at the BBC, much of it based at the Natural History Unit in Bristol, he has been responsible for many successful series, including Birding with Bill Oddie, Big Cat Diary, The Nature of Britain, Springwatch, Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival and Birds …
Donald S. Murray comes from Ness in Lewis but now lives in Shetland. A poet, author, teacher for nearly 30 years and an occasional journalist, Donald’s books range in tone and content from The Guga Hunters and And On This Rock: Italian Chapel, Orkney (Birlinn) to Small Expectations (Two Ravens Press) and Weaving Songs (Acair) which was inspired by his father’s work as a weaver in the Harris Tweed Industry. Widely praised and published, he has been awarded the Jessie Kesson Writing Fellowship and the Robert Louis Stevenson Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Saltire and Callum Macdonald Award. His latest book is The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies From St Kilda(Luath Press, 2013). As a fully qualified teacher, he has given many talks in primary schools, secondary schools and to adult audiences at book festivals and elsewhere. His venues include the University of Reykjavik, the Nordic Centre in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, the Edinburgh Festival, Blasket Visitor Centre in County Kerry, Ireland and many places in between.
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.
Matthew Oates has worked for the National Trust in various incarnations for 24 years, originally by providing practical habitat management advice but recently by developing the Trust’s wildlife and nature media work and by helping the Trust’s efforts to facilitate people’s relationships with Nature. A deep lover of butterflies, with some incipient knowledge, he is also interested in some other invertebrate groups, though unable to take specimens / kill anything. Formerly, he helped to develop nature conservation grazing. A poet, author, broadcaster and follower of the poetic approach to Nature, his life’s work concerns unravelling the mysteries of the Purple Emperor and reinstating the capital N in Nature.