Steve Waters is a playwright who also writes for television and radio. His plays include Limehouse(Donmar Warehouse, 2017), Temple (Donmar 2015), The Contingency Plan (The Bush Theatre 2009) and the monologue In a Vulnerable Place (2014), all published by Nick Hern Books. His work for radio includes Deep Swimmer (R4, 2016) and Bretton Woods (R3, 2014). Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, his book The Secret Life of Plays is also published by Nick Hern.
Brett Westwood has been presenting and producing Radio 4 programmes for over fifteen years at the BBC Natural History Unit. These include Living World, Saving Species, Nature and World on the Move. He is the UK natural history consultant for Springwatch and Autumnwatch and an accomplished field naturalist with particular interests in birds, plants and insects. He writes the monthly …
Andrew Whitehouse is a birder and anthropologist, who teaches at the University of Aberdeen. His research has included fieldwork in Islay, Scotland where he investigated the relations between conservation and the local community. More recently he has explored the human relations with bird sounds through the Listening to Birds project. In addition to his academic work, Andrew has a lifelong interest in birds and wildlife cultivated in the edgelands of Northamptonshire and the wetlands of Norfolk. He now spends his spare time birding in exotic places abroad and looking for rare birds and discarded household appliances at Girdle Ness in Aberdeen.
James de Winter taught science in secondary schools for eight years. Although no longer in the classroom on a daily basis, he still considers himself to be physics teacher, and now spends most of his working life supporting the teaching of physics. He works at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, running the Secondary Physics PGCE initial teacher education course as well as teaching on the Primary PGCE and MEd Courses. He also runs training courses for in-service teachers, who tend mainly to be biologists, where the need for support with physics seems greatest. Recently he has noticed that there is a world outside physics and has been looking for ways to incorporate a love of natural history into physics teaching. His most recent project is one using birdsong and sonograms to teach about sound, frequency and pitch as well as wider observational and data handling skills. His teaching pack aimed at primary and secondary aged children, with associated notes (and sounds) is available at www.physicsandbirdsong.co.uk.
Baroness Barbara Young has been involved with many wildlife and conservation organizations. She has served as Chief Executive of the RSPB and of the Environment Agency, Chair of English Nature and President of the BTO. She is a member of the House of Lords and a Life Peer.