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Brown, Peter

Peter Brown is an ecologist and senior lecturer in zoology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. From 2005 to 2008 he worked in the Biological Records Centre at Monks Wood (part of NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), where he was initially employed as project officer for the UK Ladybird Survey. He then had a role in helping to coordinate the data and work of many recording schemes, dealing with the volunteers that collect and collate records of different groups of plants and animals. Peter’s research has focussed on ladybirds and alien species – and in particular the spread and effects of the harlequin ladybird – see www.harlequin-survey.org and www.ladybird-survey.org. With Dr Helen Roy (CEH), Peter jointly leads the UK Ladybird Survey and is very keen on involving both adults and children in ‘citizen science’ projects. With Helen, he has published many papers and various books and guides on ladybirds.

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2013, 2Hullo Creative
Burke, Oliver

Oliver Burke is Director of Living Landscapes at the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. He studied Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool and went on to do research on coral ecology with the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Oliver has worked in the conservation, sustainability and environmental education sectors for over seventeen years within charities and public bodies. He now oversees the conservation, education and community work of the Wildlife Trust BCN and is responsible for the management of over 120 nature reserves and nine Living Landscape Projects including the Great Fen.

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2014, 2Hullo Creative
Burrell, Charles

Sir Charles Burrell, 10th Baronet, is an English landowner. He was educated at Millfield and studied Higher National Diploma in Agriculture and Advanced Farm Management at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College. Upon inheriting Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex from his grandparents in 1983 he threw his energy into the farm business yet despite intensifying for seventeen years, farming on the heavy Sussex clay remained unprofitable. His damascene conversion to rewilding began after meeting the visionary Dutch ecologist Frans Vera. All 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) of the Knepp Estate are now devoted to a process-led rewilding project involving free-roaming herds of cattle, horses, pigs and deer as the drivers of habitat creation. Since its inception in 2001 numerous Red Data species have returned to Knepp and populations of common species are rocketing. Knepp Wildland is now a breeding hotspot for turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies, and has one of the largest breeding populations of nightingales in the UK. Charles is the Chair of Rewilding Britain.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative
Butchart, Stuart

Stuart Butchart is Chief Scientist at BirdLife International where he leads a team who help to provide the scientific basis for the conservation programmes of the 120 Partners that form the BirdLife International Partnership. This includes assessing extinction risk for the world’s birds for the IUCN Red List, coordinating the standards and protocols for identifying and monitoring Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) globally, identifying key threats to birds and their habitats, determining the priority actions required (for species, sites, habitats and along flyways), understanding how people depend upon the ecosystem services delivered by IBAs, developing biodiversity indicators based on bird data, and ensuring that sound science underpins BirdLife’s policy, advocacy and communications activities.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative
Charmantier, Isabelle

Isabelle Charmantier gained a PhD in history of science from the University of Sheffield in 2008, which was followed by a post-doctoral position at the University of Exeter (2009–2013), working on a Wellcome Trust funded project on Carl Linnaeus’s manuscripts. Having retrained as an archivist, she was employed by the Linnean Society to catalogue Linnaeus’s manuscripts (2013–2015). After 18 months as Collections Manager at the Freshwater Biological Association (Cumbria), Isabelle is now Deputy Collections Manager at the Linnean Society of London.

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2009, 2017, 2Hullo Creative
Cleave, Andrew

Andrew Cleave took early retirement from his job teaching and running an Environmental Education Centre a few years ago, and is now able to concentrate on writing, photography, lecturing and tour leading. His published works, numbering over 30 titles so far, cover a range of natural history and environmental subjects, and include field guides to trees, wild flowers, seashore life and birds, biology revision guides and numerous articles in magazines and journals. Andrew is a frequent lecturer to National Trust and RSPB groups, and has also run courses on dormouse conservation and ecology. He is a committee member of the Lundy Field Society and is presently involved with a survey of the island’s flora. He has travelled extensively, especially in Europe, and led tours for Naturetrek in various parts of the Mediterranean region and Galapagos. Andrew was appointed MBE in 1995 for services to Environmental Education.

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2014, 2Hullo Creative
Clements, Andy

Andy Clements is a naturalist and ornithologist, and has a science background. Since 2007 he has been the Chief Executive Officer of the British Trust for Ornithology and he is also the President of the Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists’ Society, a trustee of National Biodiversity Network and a member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Steering Group. Andy has previously worked for the Government’s nature conservation agencies, where he held various senior positions from 1982 until 2006 and helped to establish Natural England.

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2010, 2014, 2Hullo Creative
Colwell, Mary

ary Colwell is a producer of TV, radio and internet programmes, specialising in the areas of natural history and religion. She has made major Radio 4 series such as Saving SpeciesShared Planet and The History of Natural History. For TV she produced British Isles – A Natural HistoryBill Oddie Goes WildWildlife On One and Natural World. In 2009 she won a Radio Academy Sony Gold for a podcast about a prisoner caring for a budgerigar. She is a feature writer for the Catholic think-tank journal The Tabletand has advised the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on environmental issues. Her first book, John Muir – The Man Who Saved America’s Wild Places, was published in 2014. At present she is working on her second book on kindness and nature and producing a series for Radio 4 on animal sentience.

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2015, 2017, 2Hullo Creative
Cooper, Michelle

Michelle Cooper completed her BSc in Animal Biology from the University of Melbourne in 2003. She has since worked in zoos and aquaria focusing on education, husbandry, community engagement, research, fundraising and science communication. With a soft spot for the plight of lesser known cryptic species, Michelle arrived in Cambridge last year to undertake the MPhil in Conservation Leadership and develop her knowledge and networks to support conservation initiatives. As a science communicator, Michelle volunteered her services to help manage the Planet Earth component of this year’s Pint of Science Festival in Cambridge and worked with fellow Darwin College students to organise the One World Challenge – a global behaviour change challenge for university students at last year’s COP21 which resulted in 559 students from 24 countries recording over 70,000 positive actions for the planet.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative
Cowdrey, Liz

Liz Cowdrey is an Oxfordshire-reared Manchester-degreed violinist, greatly inspired by folk and gypsy musicians in Eastern Europe. She embraces birds’ sound and energetic expressions to enhance developmental creativity through performance, transcription, improvisation and composition. With such scope for behavioural patterns of avian activity (movement and sound) to reveal ‘insightly’ nuances and quirks with corrective healing potential, she endeavours to translate inspirational observations into notes and inflections – literally or creatively. Liz led a violinist’s workshop on style and interpretation in classical music during The Conference of Birds’ residency in Brazil, and has since taken part in birdsong-inspired concerts and tours in Italy, Scotland, England and Spain. The Goldfinch Foundation’s Planet Birdsong-bound activities promise to propel any lifelong love of the natural world, through sound and landscape immersion, across exciting new frontiers.

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2014, 2Hullo Creative
Cowdrey, Peter

Peter Cowdrey began composing as a small boy, at which time he loved listening to the dawn chorus but was deeply frustrated at its inaccessibility – too fast, too high – and resolutely resistant to being shoehorned into what his upbringing defined as music. After spending a substantial part of his childhood turning himself into an ornithologist, Peter is delighted that recent technology has come to his rescue, making it possible to crack the hidden codes of birdsong. He is on a mission to share them with the rest of the world, especially children. More information about Peter can be found at Opera Unlimited and The Conference of Birds, and in this article by Mark Cocker in the Guardian. His compositions can be heard on his Soundcloud page.

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2012, 2014, 2017, 2Hullo Creative
Craig, Mya-Rose

Mya-Rose Craig is a 15-year-old British Bangladeshi birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She has birded all the continents and was the youngest to see 4000 birds. She was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador and has also been listed as one of Bristol’s most influential young people. She is an Ambassador for World Shorebird Day, See it her Way and a Charter Champion for The Charter for Trees, Woods and People. She has organised Camp Avalon for 3 years, a camp for young naturalists and Minority Ethnic teenagers and the Race Equality in Nature Conference in June 2016 aiming to increase the ethnic diversity in nature. She has also set up Black2Nature with the aim of working with organisations to increase the access to nature of BAME people as well as the Race Equality in Nature LinkedIn Group. She hopes to become a nature presenter.

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2017, 2Hullo Creative
Cuttle, Jade

Jade Cuttle is a BBC Introducing poetic-folk musician whose songs are stirred by the humble-hearted wisdom, strength and resilience of trees. She has been commissioned by BBC Proms, fusing music with poetry as is her passion, followed by live performances across the BBC network. Her tree-inspired work includes debut EP ‘I Am Like The Tree’ and ‘The Art of Splinters’ as broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She is a student at University of Cambridge, currently working closely with BBC Four Arts.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative