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
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
William Fiennes is the bestselling author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room. The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2003, he has contributed reviews, essays and stories to many publications, including the London Review of Books, Granta, the Observer and the Times Literary Supplement. The Snow Geese, published to wide acclaim in 2002, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the Hawthornden Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. William is co-founder of the charity First Story, which supports creativity and literacy in challenging secondary schools. He is an Honorary Vice-President of Epilepsy Action and an Ambassador for The Woodland Trust. He teaches at Newcastle University and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009.Read More
Jake Fiennes is the Estate Manager on the 5,500 acre Raveningham Estate in South Norfolk. He has spent most of his working life in the countryside, about which he is passionate. The Estate’s environmental policy has taken a much more prominent role during his tenure, from the minimum of poorly managed set aside to 20% of the entire acreage. He has committed to a range of habitats, flora and fauna and now farms 170 acres of floristically enhanced grass margins providing a year round food source for birds and mammals whilst also encouraging a wide range of pollinators. 80 acres are enhanced wild bird cover, providing both winter food and spring brood rearing cover for a range of BAPs species. 120 acres are wet grasslands for breeding waders and over-wintering wild fowl. The environmental farm is one the largest and most profitable of his farming operations. The Estate’s farming policy is one of integrating environmental delivery with benefits alongside sustainable food production.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
Dr Bob Gibbons is a writer, photographer, and tour leader and organiser (www.naturalhistorytravel.co.uk), following an early career in nature conservation, but above all else he’s a naturalist and ecologist, passionate about nature and its conservation. He has written and/or illustrated about 40 books on nature, travel and photography, and his photographs have appeared in publications in almost 50 countries. Although his interests in nature are wide, he has a particular interest in plants and insects.
He has visited Romania about a dozen times, leading nature tours, working with a local charity to train botanists and raise awareness, and as a photographer, and he always returns home amazed and enthused at the ancient landscapes and abundance of wildlife in a climate that’s not so different to Britain’s.Read More
Martin Harper is the Global Conservation Director of the RSPB. He leads the charity’s strategy for evidence, practical conservation and influence (in the UK, the 14 UK Overseas Territories and, working with the BirdLife International partnership, across the Africa-European flyway and globally where we can make a difference). He is a member of Defra’s Biodiversity Programme Board and the BirdLife European and Central Asia Committee. Away from work, Martin enjoys family life with his wife and two children. Running keeps him sane, while Arsenal FC and the England cricket team provide him with emotional highs and lows.Read More
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.