Celia Locks is a writer, journalist and editor who worked on the Guardian in news and features for 27 years, and edited the Country Diary for ten. She grew up around Epping Forest in north-east London and has a lifelong interest in and love of nature. Her passion is history and the English language, and she specialises in helping writers to develop their style and present their work in the best way possible. She is now writing a book about her father, who fought in the first world war in France and Mesopotamia.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
Georgina Mace is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER). Previously she was Director of the Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London (2006–2011), and Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London (2000–2006). Her research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She has worked on IUCN’s Red List of threatened species, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA). She was awarded a CBE in 2007, elected FRS in 2002, and was the 2007 winner of the international Cosmos prize. She is President of the British Ecological Society (2011–2013), a member of NERC Council and Chair of the Scientific Committee of DIVERSITAS.
Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, artist, and historian of science. She’s worked as a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, as a professional falconer, and has helped manage raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She is an affiliate of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, and her academic interests have been focused on the cultural history of animal-human interactions, particularly in the field sciences. Her books include Shaler’s Fish(Etruscan, 2001), Falcon (Reaktion Books, 2004), and most recently H is for Hawk (Jonathan Cape). She has also written two dramas for Radio 4, produced by Tim Dee. A keen birder and amateur naturalist, she lives near Newmarket, Suffolk.Read More
Davy McCracken is Professor of Agricultural Ecology and an Associate of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre. He has over 25 years’ experience of investigating the relationships between European farming systems and farmland biodiversity. The focus of Davy’s research to-date has revolved around obtaining a greater understanding of the complex ecological relationships between farm management practices and the improvement or maintenance of the biodiversity value of UK and European farming systems.Read More
Lucy McRobert is an environmental historian, nature writer, wildlife blogger and Creative Director of the ‘A Focus On Nature’ scheme, which seeks to encourage young people into nature conservation careers in Britain. She gained a First Class degree from the University of Nottingham in 2012, and her final year Dissertation on the nature reserve ‘ideal’ in Britain after the Second World War was awarded the Robert Mellors Prize for English History. Whilst an undergraduate, she was runner-up in BBC Wildlife magazine ‘Nature Writer of the Year’ competition. Lucy has written for Nottinghamshire Today, the Newark Herald, the Ghosts of Gone Birds international art/conservation symposium, 2020 Vision (2012), Birdwatching and BBC Wildlife. Most recently, she has been asked to pen a column in Birdwatch magazine, discussing controversial wildlife topics, and is currently assisting environmentalist and author Tony Juniper in the research of his forthcoming book What has Nature ever done for Britain?, in conjunction with The Wildlife Trusts.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.