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 …
Emily Richardson is a UK based filmmaker who creates film portraits of particular places. Her work focuses on sites in transition and covers an extraordinarily diverse range of landscapes including empty East London streets, forests, North Sea oil fields, post-war tower blocks, empty cinemas and Cold War military facilities. She is currently doing a practice-led PhD on modern architectural space in artists’ film and video at the Royal College of Art in London. Her films have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals internationally. She was awarded the Gilles Dusein Prize, Paris 2009 in recognition of her films. Her work is distributed by Lux, London and Light Cone, Paris.
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, …
Callum Roberts is a professor of marine conservation at the University of York. His disparate research interests range from subjects such as the origins and maintenance of biodiversity on coral reefs, to historical ecology to the ecosystem effects of fishing. He has helped demonstrate that use of marine reserves, areas closed to fishing, can improve the success of fishery management and boost catches from surrounding areas by acting as a reservoir of productive fish stocks. Callum makes frequent contributions to radio and newspapers on the impacts of fishing on the sea and how to achieve sustainable fisheries. His book on this subject, The Unnatural History of the Sea, received the Rachel Carson Environment Book Prize. His most recent book Ocean of Life was shortlisted for the Royal Society book prize and examines the full scope of threats to the sea and what this means to our lives.
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 …
Ian Rotherham is Professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism & Environmental Change at Sheffield Hallam University. An ecologist and environmental historian, he is an authority on landscape history and especially on fens, bogs, woodlands, forest and heaths. He has been researching and writing about alien and invasive species, and about urban ecology for many years and is currently working on concepts and ideas of recombinant ‘hybrid’ ecologies and ecological ‘fusion’. He has published over 400 papers, articles, books and book chapters. Ian is an active conservation campaigner, has a popular BBC radio ’phone-in, writes for local and regional newspapers, and works with the media nationally and internationally. He lectures widely to local groups and works closely with the Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, English Heritage, the National Trust and the RSPB. He has a research website www.ukeconet.org and a blog http://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com.
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.
Helen Scales is an author, documentary-maker and oceans expert. Among her BBC Radio documentaries she’s searched for the perfect wave and explored the dream of living underwater; she’s also discussed the scientific wonders of the deep with Robin Ince and Brian Cox on The Infinite Monkey Cage and donated an aquarium tank of pregnant male seahorses to The Museum of Curiosity. Her latest book, the Guardian bestseller Spirals in Time about seashells and molluscs, was a book of the year in The Economist, Nature and The Times, shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology book award and appeared (narrated by Helen) on Radio 4’s Book of the Week. She teaches marine science at Cambridge University’s Madingley Hall and is scientific advisor for the charity Sea Changers, which supports UK-based marine conservation. Her next book Eye of the Shoal (due out in 2018) follows the trail of fish through the underwater world.
Ivan Scales is the Harvey McGrath Lecturer in Geography at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. His research looks at the role of political, cultural and economic factors in shaping natural resource use (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa). Current research projects investigate the diversity of environmental values; agriculture and food security; tropical deforestation; and community-based conservation. He has carried out fieldwork in Cameroon, French Guiana, The Gambia, Madagascar and Senegal, and recently edited a book on Conservation and Environmental Management in Madagascar(Routledge, 2014). A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Centre for African Studies, and a member of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, he received his first degree in Ecology, followed by a Masters in Anthropology and a PhD in Geography.
Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book(2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.