Posts in 2016
ATM

ATM (ATMstreetart) paints endangered species street art, using urban walls as a stark reminder of the species that once lived here, yet could again with regeneration of habitats. There is an urgent need to reverse the catastrophic decline of so many once-common species. The painted walls exist to call attention to the beauty and importance of those living creatures that are so often overlooked and whose needs so often ignored. By bringing colour and beauty to neglected areas the hope is to inspire active participation in further environmental improvements. Small changes repeated on a large scale can have dramatically positive effects. The aim is to help inspire a transformation of our towns, cities and countryside by renaturing and rewilding. Then the art will have achieved its purpose.

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1, 2016Mary Colwell
Balmford, Andrew

Andrew Balmford is Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, where his main research interests are the costs and benefits of effective conservation, and exploring how conservation might best be reconciled with land-demanding activities such as farming. To have most impact he focuses his research in developing countries and collaborates closely with conservation practitioners and with colleagues in other disciplines. He helped establish the Cambridge Conservation Forum, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, and since 2013 has served as a Trustee of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Europe’s largest conservation charity. His 2012 book Wild Hope highlights success stories in conservation and argues that cautious optimism is essential in tackling environmental challenges.

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1, 2016Hullo Creative
Birkhead, Tim

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).

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Burrell, Charles

Sir Charles Burrell, 10th Baronet, is an English landowner. He was educated at Millfield and studied Higher National Diploma in Agriculture and Advanced Farm Management at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College. Upon inheriting Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex from his grandparents in 1983 he threw his energy into the farm business yet despite intensifying for seventeen years, farming on the heavy Sussex clay remained unprofitable. His damascene conversion to rewilding began after meeting the visionary Dutch ecologist Frans Vera. All 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) of the Knepp Estate are now devoted to a process-led rewilding project involving free-roaming herds of cattle, horses, pigs and deer as the drivers of habitat creation. Since its inception in 2001 numerous Red Data species have returned to Knepp and populations of common species are rocketing. Knepp Wildland is now a breeding hotspot for turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies, and has one of the largest breeding populations of nightingales in the UK. Charles is the Chair of Rewilding Britain.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative
Butchart, Stuart

Stuart Butchart is Chief Scientist at BirdLife International where he leads a team who help to provide the scientific basis for the conservation programmes of the 120 Partners that form the BirdLife International Partnership. This includes assessing extinction risk for the world’s birds for the IUCN Red List, coordinating the standards and protocols for identifying and monitoring Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) globally, identifying key threats to birds and their habitats, determining the priority actions required (for species, sites, habitats and along flyways), understanding how people depend upon the ecosystem services delivered by IBAs, developing biodiversity indicators based on bird data, and ensuring that sound science underpins BirdLife’s policy, advocacy and communications activities.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative
Cooper, Michelle

Michelle Cooper completed her BSc in Animal Biology from the University of Melbourne in 2003. She has since worked in zoos and aquaria focusing on education, husbandry, community engagement, research, fundraising and science communication. With a soft spot for the plight of lesser known cryptic species, Michelle arrived in Cambridge last year to undertake the MPhil in Conservation Leadership and develop her knowledge and networks to support conservation initiatives. As a science communicator, Michelle volunteered her services to help manage the Planet Earth component of this year’s Pint of Science Festival in Cambridge and worked with fellow Darwin College students to organise the One World Challenge – a global behaviour change challenge for university students at last year’s COP21 which resulted in 559 students from 24 countries recording over 70,000 positive actions for the planet.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative
Cuttle, Jade

Jade Cuttle is a BBC Introducing poetic-folk musician whose songs are stirred by the humble-hearted wisdom, strength and resilience of trees. She has been commissioned by BBC Proms, fusing music with poetry as is her passion, followed by live performances across the BBC network. Her tree-inspired work includes debut EP ‘I Am Like The Tree’ and ‘The Art of Splinters’ as broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She is a student at University of Cambridge, currently working closely with BBC Four Arts.

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2016, 2Hullo Creative
Elliott, Joanna

Joanna Elliott has an Economics degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School. She spent her early career in banking and management consultancy before deciding to apply those skills to the conservation sector, in which she has worked for the past twenty years. She has lived for extensive periods in Indonesia and Kenya, where she worked on long-term assignments for donors, NGOs and protected area authorities before joining the African Wildlife Foundation as Vice President for Program Design and then DFID as Biodiversity & Rural Livelihoods Advisor. Her recent work has focused on biodiversity-poverty linkages, impact assessment, large scale project design, protected area systems and conservation-business partnerships. Joanna joined Fauna & Flora International in early 2013 as Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships. She is also a visiting Fellow in Biodiversity and Society at the International Institute for Environment and Development and currently serves on DEFRA’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Advisory Group.

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2016, 3Hullo Creative
Fanshawe, John

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.

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Fiennes, William

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 BooksGranta, the Observer and the Times Literary SupplementThe 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.

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2016, 3Hullo Creative
Jamie, Kathleen

Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. Her poetry collections to date include The Overhaul, which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize, and The Tree House, which won both the Forward Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. For the last decade Kathleen Jamie has also written non-fiction concerning land, nature and culture: she is author of the highly regarded Findings and Sightlines. Her most recent collection The Bonniest Companie appeared in 2015. Kathleen is Chair of Poetry at Stirling University (part-time). She lives in Fife.

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2016, 4Hullo Creative
Jones, Kate

Kate Jones is a leading British biodiversity scientist. Her particular interest is in understanding past and present patterns of global biodiversity to predict future impact of global change on our planet. Kate’s research spans dinosaur macroecology, ant biodiversity, predicting where the next emerging infectious disease will strike to bats. Kate will review some of the latest advances in sensors used to monitor wildlife and machine learning approaches to analyse the big biodiversity data gathered. She argues that although technological advances have undoubtedly contributed to the over-exploitation of natural resources and decline of wild nature, technology can also help us to better understand the natural world and to further engage people with their environment.

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2016, 3Hullo Creative
Juniper, Tony

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

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2014, 2015, 2016, 4Hullo Creative
Kerridge, Richard

Richard Kerridge is a nature writer and ecocritic. Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians, published by Chatto & Windus in 2014, is a mixture of memoir and nature writing. Richard’s work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in BBC WildlifePoetry Review and Granta. He was awarded the 2012 Roger Deakin Prize by the Society of Authors, and has twice received the BBC Wildlife Award for Nature Writing. Richard leads the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and has published numerous essays giving environmental readings of literature. He was co-editor of Writing the Environment, the first collection of ecocritical essays to be published in Britain, and a leading member of the team of creative writers and scientists led by SueEllen Campbell that wrote The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science and Culture.

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2014, 2016, 2017, 4Hullo Creative