Mead, Harriet

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.

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.

Newton, Ian

Ian Newton has enjoyed lifetime interests in both farming and birds. As a child, he spent much of his time on farms, and later in life in his ‘spare time’ he managed a small commercial fruit farm producing apples and pears. Now retired, he worked throughout his career as a population ecologist, having done detailed research on finches, waterfowl and raptors. For many years he was based at Monks Wood Research Station near Huntingdon, in charge of work on pesticide impacts on wildlife. He is a past President of the British Ecological Society and the British Ornithologists’ Union, a past Chairman of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology. He has authored around 300 papers in the scientific literature, and several books, including FinchesBird Populations and the recent Farming and Birds, all in the New Naturalist Series.

Niemann, Derek

Derek Niemann has spent 28 years as a volunteer and professional communicator in nature conservation, making up for a lost childhood in which he was “an enthusiastic, untutored and inept naturalist”. In November 2014 he leaves the RSPB to become a freelance writer and editor, after spending 16 years as editor of the RSPB’s youth magazines. He has been a fortnightly Country Diarist for the Guardian since 2005 and is also a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife. He has written a number of wildlife books for children, as well as Birds in a Cage, the true story of POW birdwatchers. Derek lives in a county that its own council used to undersell spectacularly on road signs that proclaimed: “Welcome to Bedfordshire – central to the Oxford–Cambridge Arc”.

Owen, Alice

Alice Owen is an environment professional with 12 years’ experience in protected area management and wildlife conservation in East Africa. She has practical experience in the challenges of wildlife management, including conservation of biodiversity hotspots in areas of rural poverty. She is now a UK resident and is currently undertaking a Master’s degree course in Wildlife Filmmaking, with the intention of pursuing a career linked to wildlife conservation and public communication. In the UK, she has previously held a position as an Operations Assistant at the Soil Association. She has also volunteered with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and with an independent microbiology lab.

Parry, James

James Parry is a writer and consultant specialising in history, heritage, wildlife and the environment. After training as a conservation officer with English Heritage, he joined the British Council, working in East Africa and the Middle East before returning to the UK to do a Master’s degree and then joining the National Trust as its academic editor. He now leads wildlife and heritage tours and writes on natural history and conservation for various newspapers and magazines, including BBC WildlifeCountry LifeCountryfile and BirdWatching. He has also written several books, including Global Safari (2007), Rainforest Safari (2008) and The Mating Lives of Birds (2012). He is currently working on a book about Emma Turner, the pioneering early 20th-century bird photographer.

Perks, Jack

Jack Perks is a wildlife photographer specialising in freshwater fish. Wildlife has always been his passion and inspiration throughout his career as a Natural History photographer. His early memories are fishing with a net and ice cream tub catching bullheads and tadpoles which eventually lead to him picking up a camera and documenting wildlife. His main focus is underwater photography, particularly in rivers. He has filmed and featured on SpringwatchCountryfile, The One Show & Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing.

Porteous, Katrina

Katrina Porteous is a poet, historian and broadcaster, much of whose work involves a detailed and loving celebration of the people, landscapes and wildlife of the Northumbrian coast where she lives. She has written extensively about local inshore fishing traditions, and often works in collaboration with artists and musicians, including painter James Dodds (Longshore Drift) and piper Chris Ormston (The Wund an’ the Wetter). Her long poems for BBC radio with producer Julian May include DunstanburghThe Refuge Box, and – with electronic composer Peter Zinovieff – Horse and Edge. Her most recent poetry collection is Two Countries (Bloodaxe, 2014).

Richardson, Rosamund

  Rosamond Richardson was an author, journalist, essayist and walker who was at her happiest wandering about in wild places. Author of several books about things natural, including the international bestseller Country Wisdom, she wote for The Countryman and contributed regularly to Countryside NFU magazine. She had a special interest in our relationship with wild flowers and trees, …

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Sample, Geoff

Geoff Sample was brought up in Northumberland and the Scottish Highlands, where his early ambition was to be a naturalist and live like Gavin Maxwell. After being sidetracked into an education in Classics and a sojourn as guitarist and music producer, he wove the threads together to study and record the ancient culture of birdsong and its context in natural soundscapes. He began by publishing his own CDs through Wildsong and has subsequently produced sound guides for HarperCollins, including the best-selling Collins Bird Songs and Calls. He regularly collaborates with contemporary artists, particularly Marcus Coates and Hanna Tuulikki, and produces installations and radio pieces in his own right exploring sound in the open landscape. His recordings find their way into all sorts of unlikely places on music albums, radio, TV and film. But he can still occasionally be heard warbling and fiddling with six-stringed boxes in various venues in Northumberland.

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