Tim Birkhead is a professor of behaviour and evolution at the University of Sheffield. His research on promiscuity and sperm competition in birds helped to re-shape current understanding of bird mating systems. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004. As well as a passion for research, Tim is committed to undergraduate teaching and the public understanding of science. His talks (like The Early Birdwatchers) and popular science books have gained widespread recognition: The Wisdom of Birds (2008) won ‘bird book of the year award’ and Bird Sense (2012) was short-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. His most recent books are Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin (2014) and The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg (2016).Read More
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.Read More
Miriam was born in Lewes. Her first collection of poetry, WINDFALL was published by Oversteps Books in 2008. Her new owl-watching book, OWL SENSE, a study of the wild owl in Europe and its long accumulation of mythology, was published by Guardian Faber in February 2018 and serialised by BBC Radio as Book of the Week. She now lives with her family in DevonRead More
Is an author and environmentalist based in north Cornwall. Over the last three decades, he has worked on bird and biodiversity conservation in the UK, Kenya and Tanzania; primarily for the charity BirdLife. With Terry Stevenson, he is co-author of a field guide, Birds of East Africa(2001), and with Nigel Redman and Terry Stevenson of Birds of the Horn of Africa (2009). With Mark Cocker, he edited and published the complete works of the author J. A. Baker, including The Peregrine, in 2010. Working as a senior strategy adviser for BirdLife, and as an arts, science and conservation adviser for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), he has a particular interest in the role of arts practice in conservation, is a member of the research cluster RANE, and has an MA in Art and Environment from University College Falmouth.Read More
Richard Mabey is the author of some forty books including the bestelling plant bible, Flora Britannica, Weeds, Whistling in the Dark and the memoir Nature Cure, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley Awards. His life of Gilbert White won the Whitbread Biography Award. He contributes regularly to radio and the national press, and has written a personal column in BBC Wildlife for nearly 30 years. He is a Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Patron of the John Clare Society. He lives in south Norfolk.Read More
Harriet Mead is an award-winning sculptor and the President of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA). The influence of her late father, the ornithologist, author and broadcaster, Chris Mead, meant it was probably inevitable that she should take an interest in natural history and use it in her work. During her time at the helm of the SWLA, Harriet has worked to broaden their audience and to shrug off the negative connotations of wildlife art. Having worked on various projects with the Artists for Nature Foundation, she also has plans to encourage conservation organisations to make use of the SWLA pool of artists to help bring a different perspective to their projects and to highlight areas of conservation concern all over the world.
Jeremy Mynott spent most of his professional career in publishing at Cambridge University Press, working successively as editor, editorial director, managing director and chief executive. Jeremy has explored the variety of human responses to birds in Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience (2009), a book described by reviewers as ‘the finest book ever written about why we watch birds’ (Guardian) and ‘ a wonderful rumination on birds and birders through space and time for anyone interested in our relationship with nature’ (THES). In 2016 he published Knowing your Place, an account of the wildlife in the tiny Suffolk hamlet of Shingle Street; and his most recent book is a cultural history of Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words (2018). He is an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, a regular reviewer for the TLS and a founder member of New Networks for Nature.
Katrina Porteous is a poet, historian and broadcaster, much of whose work involves a detailed and loving celebration of the people, landscapes and wildlife of the Northumbrian coast where she lives. She has written extensively about local inshore fishing traditions, and often works in collaboration with artists and musicians, including painter James Dodds (Longshore Drift) and piper Chris Ormston (The Wund an’ the Wetter). Her long poems for BBC radio with producer Julian May include Dunstanburgh, The Refuge Box, and – with electronic composer Peter Zinovieff – Horse and Edge. Her most recent poetry collection is Two Countries (Bloodaxe, 2014).
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.Read More