Akroyd, Carry

Carry Akroyd is a painter and printmaker whose subject is the landscape, with a particular interest in history and wildlife. A member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, she is the jacket artist for British Wildlife Publishing’s The British Wildlife Collection series of books, and illustrated Tweet of the Day, the book of the Radio 4 series. She has also illustrated three books of John Clare’s poetry, and continues to create a seam of work relating to the ‘Peasant Poet’ and his relevance to today. Carry curated and edited Wildlife in Printmaking, and has written a book about her own work and inspirations, natures powers & spells: Landscape Change, John Clare and me. She exhibits regularly in a few small galleries.
www.carryakroyd.co.uk

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1, 2017Hullo Creative
Allan, Doug

Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time filming in 1983. Since then he has become one of the world’s best-known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. In his 30-year filming career he’s worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series like The Blue PlanetPlanet EarthFrozen PlanetOcean Giants and Operation Iceberg. In the last couple of years he’s covered the issue of overfishing around the globe through the documentary The Missing Fish, filmed with the US based Living Oceans Foundation. His photographic awards include eight Emmys and four BAFTAs. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has four Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals.

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1, 2017Hullo Creative
Aitchison, John

John Aitchison has been filming wildlife for twenty years. He first worked for the RSPB Film Unit, then filmed and produced a number of programmes with his wife Mary-Lou for the BBC’s Natural Worldseries. These included The Amber Time Machine, presented by Sir David Attenborough. John has filmed for many other series, including Hebrides – Islands on the Edge, which was awarded the Best Series panda at Wildscreen 2014. Yellowstone – Winter and Frozen Planet both won team BAFTAs for Cinematography. The Frozen Planet photography team also won an Emmy. John sometimes presents programmes on Radio 4, most recently about the demise of the passenger pigeon. His book, The Shark and the Albatross, will be published in September 2015.

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1, 2015Hullo Creative
Astor, Michael

Michael Astor has developed his farming estate since the 1980s into a diverse rural business, including property lettings, 15,000 sq. ft. of business units, a thoroughbred stable yard, woodland management, 1,200 acres of heavy land arable farming, and a pedigree heard of beef shorthorn cattle, alongside a consideration for sustainability and environmental enhancement for wildlife. In the 1980s Astor became involved in the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust, then called CAMBIENT, to try and bridge the gap between conservationists and farmers. He has been involved in various conservation organisations, and since 2004 has chaired the West Cambridge Hundreds group, which combines farmers, landowners, managers and conservation bodies to oversee 20,000 hectares to connect the wildlife hot spots on a landscape level. Astor is an electronics engineer, and has had experience in agricultural engineering research, as well as agricultural education. He is now semi-retired from thirty years working in financial services.

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1, 2017Hullo Creative
ATM

ATM (ATMstreetart) paints endangered species street art, using urban walls as a stark reminder of the species that once lived here, yet could again with regeneration of habitats. There is an urgent need to reverse the catastrophic decline of so many once-common species. The painted walls exist to call attention to the beauty and importance of those living creatures that are so often overlooked and whose needs so often ignored. By bringing colour and beauty to neglected areas the hope is to inspire active participation in further environmental improvements. Small changes repeated on a large scale can have dramatically positive effects. The aim is to help inspire a transformation of our towns, cities and countryside by renaturing and rewilding. Then the art will have achieved its purpose.

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1, 2016Hullo Creative
Baines, Chris

Chris Baines is one of the UK’s leading independent environmentalists and an award winning writer and broadcaster. He is self-employed and works as an adviser to central and local government and to a number of corporate clients in the water, financial management and urban regeneration industries. He trained originally as a horticulturist and he has been a champion of wildlife gardening, urban ecology and cross-sectoral partnership working for more than 40 years. A founder of the first urban wildlife group, in Birmingham, in 1979, he created the first wildlife garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 1985, and his book How to Make a Wildlife Garden has been in print for almost 30 years. He is a national Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. In 2004 he was awarded the RSPB’s medal of honour, and in 2013 he received the Peter Scott Memorial Award from the British Naturalists Association.

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1, 2013Hullo Creative
Balmford, Andrew

Andrew Balmford is Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, where his main research interests are the costs and benefits of effective conservation, and exploring how conservation might best be reconciled with land-demanding activities such as farming. To have most impact he focuses his research in developing countries and collaborates closely with conservation practitioners and with colleagues in other disciplines. He helped establish the Cambridge Conservation Forum, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, and since 2013 has served as a Trustee of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Europe’s largest conservation charity. His 2012 book Wild Hope highlights success stories in conservation and argues that cautious optimism is essential in tackling environmental challenges.

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1, 2016Hullo Creative
Barkham, Patrick

Patrick Barkham is a Natural History Writer for the Guardian where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. His second, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as “a must read for all Britain’s naturalists” and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Wainwright Prize. Badgerlands won the best general non-fiction prize at the East Anglian Book Awards 2014. Coastlines(2015) was judged “an informative, enthusiastic and at times rapturous celebration of our shores” by Blake Morrison. Patrick’s latest book, Islander, is a journey to meet the human and non-human residents of Britain’s smaller isles – a celebration of currents that flow away from the mainstream. It is published in October this year.

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1, 2017Hullo Creative
Benton, Michael

Michael Benton is a palaeontologist who has made fundamental contributions to understanding the history of life. He is interested in drivers all aspects of macroevolution, including the Permo–Triassic mass extinction, the largest mass extinction of all time. He is also interested in dinosaur feathers and colour, and was one of the first to show evidence for the colour of a dinosaur, and was part of the team that announced the first dinosaur tail in amber. He has written more than 50 books, including engaging books for children as well as several leading palaeontology textbooks for university students. Mike Benton founded the MSc in Palaeobiology at Bristol in 1996, from which more than 320 students have graduated. He has supervised more than 65 PhD students. He is currently Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

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1, 2017Hullo Creative