Tim Dee is a writer and radio producer. His memoir of his amateur birdwatching life The Running Skywas published in 2009. His second book Four Fields about, yes, four fields and other versions of pastoral, appeared in 2013 and is just out in paperback. With Simon Armitage he co-edited The Poetry of Birds (2009). A long time ago, he also wrote The Endemic Birds of Madagascar, a worthy but dull production, for the ICBP (now BirdLife International). He is at work on two books, one about the Spring in Europe and another about men who watch gulls, this last will be called Landfill. He has been a BBC radio producer for twenty five years and makes mostly radio dramas and poetry programmes. He is married to the behavioural ecologist Claire Spottiswoode, and they live mostly in the Cambridgeshire fens, sometimes in Bristol and, when they can, in Scarborough on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa.