Matt Shardlow is Chief Executive of Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust. Buglife is the only organisation in Europe committed to saving all invertebrates; the charity has twenty four members of staff and a growing portfolio of conservation projects. The charity’s priorities include the sustainable management of brownfield sites; saving endangered Biodiversity Action Plan Priority species; putting bees and flowers back into the countryside; saving key sites for bugs from destruction, and improving the health of freshwater ecosystems. Matt is chair of the Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL) Legal Strategy Group and is a Country Diary columnist in the Guardian. Before leaving to set up Buglife in 2002 he was at the RSPB overseeing the management and monitoring of non-avian biodiversity on the RSPB’s nature reserves.
Hanna Tuulikki is an Edinburgh-based artist, composer and performer, working primarily with voice and gesture, to create site-specific performances that unearth an essential relationship with the lore of places. Photography, film, drawing, text, and visual-scores extend the work. Her largest project to date, Air falbh leis na h-eòin | Away with the Birds (2010–2015) investigates the mimesis of birds in Scottish Gaelic song – the vocal composition was performed in the harbour on the Isle of Canna as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, and launched as a digital work with the SPACE in 2015. Other recent works include Women of the Hill (2015) commissioned by ATLAS arts on the Isle of Skye, and SING SIGN: a close duet (2015) commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival.
Esther Tyson is an English painter inspired by the natural world. She has been working as a painter since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2003. Esther has been involved in numerous projects worldwide, the most recent of which was in Senegal, West Africa, where she was invited by the BTO to portray the people, landscape and birds on migration. Back on her local patch she finds much inspiration throughout the South Derbyshire countryside and, closer to home, a never ending stream of birds visit the feeder hanging outside her window. She says: ‘Watching Goldfinch on the feeder outside my window I note the colour, pattern, shape, their movement and behaviour. These observations inform the marks I make, every subject commanding an individual response.’
Juliet Vickery enjoyed research posts at Scottish Natural Heritage, the University of Edinburgh and the British Trust for Ornithology, following a PhD at Oxford and a Post doc at the University of East Anglia. She moved to her current position of Head of the International Research section in the Centre for Conservation Science at the RSPB in 2009. Working with, and building the capacity of, in-country BirdLife partners, the section is responsible for research that underpins the conservation of threatened sites, species and habitats throughout the world. Her own personal interests include the conservation of Afro-Palaearctic migrant birds, the impact of agriculture on biodiversity, and the impact of invasive non-native species on the island ecosystems of UK Overseas Territories. Juliet has authored/co-authored over 90 scientific publications and is one of the regular contributors to British Wildlife Magazine. She is chair of the Public and Policy Committee of the British Ecological Society and a member of the Government’s Darwin Expert Committee.