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.Read More
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
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 Species, Shared Planet and The History of Natural History. For TV she produced British Isles – A Natural History, Bill Oddie Goes Wild, Wildlife 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.Read More
Andrew Forster has published two collections of poetry with Flambard Press: Fear of Thunder, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008, and Territory. His poems are featured on the AQA GCSE syllabus and he reads as part of the annual ‘Poetry Live’ series. He won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2014. His latest collection, Homecoming, is published by Smith Doorstop. His work explores what it means to make a home in a particular place. Territory focuses on Leadhills, a tiny village in South West Scotland, and Homecoming explores his settling in Cumbria after 20 years in Scotland. He is Literature Officer for the Wordsworth Trust.Read More
Richard Fortey is a palaeontologist who worked for much of his career at the Natural History Museum of London. He has presented television series on such topics as fossils, rock-pools and fungi and is the author of many very successful popular science books, including Life: an Unauthorised Biography, Earth: an Intimate History, Dry Store Room no. 1 and Survivors.Read More
Kate Foster is an independent environmental artist. Brought up in Essex, she was further educated in Scotland, switching from social science research to graduate from Glasgow School of Art in 2001. Her current residency with a peatland restoration programme in Galloway Glens developed out of a Borderlands Network focussing on cultural values of wetland, 2016. This event (co-convened with Malcolm Green and Geoff Sample) linked people and places from Malaysia to the Solway, and informs a practice-led Masters in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices (Edinburgh College of Art). Earlier work includes collaborative ‘biogeographies’ exploring the cultural histories of particular zoological specimens (Leverhulme Fellowship, University of Glasgow, 2005) where she found herself travelling with a study-skin of a hen harrier to revisit where it had been killed in the 1920s, and documenting the rare remains of the extinct South African bluebuck in European museums. Border Sheepscapes (2010) and Working the Tweed (2013) concerned workaday aspects of ‘pastoral’ scenery. Her varied output includes drawing, installations, small sculptures, events and publications.Read More
Louise Gray is former Environment Correspondent on The Daily Telegraph. Since 2014 she has been freelance, writing for the BBC, Scottish Field, Sunday Times and the Guardian, among others. She specialises in writing about the countryside, climate change and rhododendrons. She is currently writing a book for Bloomsbury about a year spent only eating animals she has killed herself, out in August 2016. The provisionally titled The Ethical Carnivore explores our relationship with the animals we eat, and how we might reconnect with the natural world through food.
Twitter feed: @loubgray
Malcolm Green is a storyteller and environmental educator. After working as a headmaster in rural Cameroon, Malcolm managed the Rising Sun Country Park (a 400-acre reclaimed coal mine) in Newcastle upon Tyne where he developed the use of storytelling in environmental education. A professional storyteller since 1982, Malcolm performs widely and teaches courses on the role of storytelling in heritage and countryside interpretation at Newcastle University and elsewhere. His most recent project Dreaming the Land involved working with archaeologists to story ancient sites in Northumberland. His storytelling performances include Where Curlews Call (with Nick Hennessey) and Shearwater (with Tim Dalling). He has recently published Northumberland Folk Tales.Read More
Germaine Greer is best known as an academic, author, controversialist and broadcaster, who first came into worldwide prominence with the publication of The Female Eunuch in 1970. She is also an active conservationist. She has been President of Buglife for the last ten years and has recently published the much-acclaimed The White Beech, about which she herself says: “For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned townships, whole beaches made of beer cans.”Read More
Matt Howard works for the RSPB as Community Fundraiser in Eastern England. He has worked for the RSPB since 2010, having fled the insurance industry after thirteen years’ service. Through his work with the RSPB, Matt has established The RSPB and The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto. His own poems have appeared widely in leading magazines since 2008 and his debut pamphlet with Eyewear Publishing will be published in late 2014 / early 2015.Read More
Rebecca Jewell is represented by the Rebecca Hossack Gallery and she is Artist in Residence in the Oceania Department of the British Museum. She is also Visiting Artist in Residence at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Jewell gained a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art (2004) and she has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Her work is held in public collections including the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the British Library, the National Trust (Chastleton House) and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Jewell is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a Brother of the Art Workers Guild. She lives in London and has a studio at the Chocolate Factory.Read More
Jo Joelson co-founded London Fieldworks with Bruce Gilchrist in 2000 to represent their art partnership. They work across installation, sculpture, architecture, film and publishing with works made in the landscape, for galleries, screen and radio. An urban-rural practice has been central to projects, with many involving a complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worlds. Concerned with ecology and the environment they generate material from experience of place; exploring the authenticity of mediated experience, history, and culture. They have visited and made work in remote and rural parts of the world and in urban green spaces in the UK, using fieldwork methodologies to explore and reflect on human engagement with nature. Their works often attend to place and to habitat, investigating the meeting points of culture and nature through constructed interventions and installations.
Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and as a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is a founder member of Robertsbridge, an advisory group working with international companies on strategies for more sustainable business. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the bestselling What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?, the award-winning Parrots of the World and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet?. He was a co-author of the award-winning Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly. He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International, and was executive director of Friends of the Earth from 2003–8 and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000–8.
www.tonyjuniper.com Twitter feed: @tonyjuniper
Elspeth Kenny is a second year PhD student at the University of Sheffield studying the social behaviour of common guillemots. She spends several months each year living on Skomer Island, Wales, recording guillemot social interactions and enjoying island life. During her biology degree at the University of Sheffield and McGill University, Canada, she discovered that she loved talking to the public about biology. She was a UK runner up in the international science communication competition ‘FameLab’, where she wore blue flippers to explain the strange behaviour of the Blue-footed Booby. She also helped to design a human-sized robotic plant to explain photosynthesis, and her highlight of last year was co-organising an interactive lecture on animal intelligence for 1000 local school children, which involved a lot of papier-mâché.Read More
George Monbiot divides his time between writing for the Guardian and pursuing a number of quixotic projects: generally writing obscure books and campaigning for lost causes. His latest book is Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding.Read More