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
Melissa Harrison is a writer, magazine sub-editor and photographer who grew up largely outdoors with her five siblings. She won the John Muir Trust’s ‘Wild Writing’ award for 2010 and her debut novel, Clay, is published by Bloomsbury. She lives in South London with her husband, Anthony, and rescue dog, Scout, and blogs about urban wildlife at www.talesofthecity.co.uk. She writes for the Guardian, Caught By The River and the Weekend FT, and has worked with the National Trust on their ‘Outdoor Childhood’ campaign.Read More
Stephanie Hilborne OBE is Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts. Driven by concern for the future of the natural environment, Stephanie’s conviction is that The Wildlife Trusts, which have more than 800,000 members, have a key role to play in its recovery. The Wildlife Trusts comprise 47 individual Wildlife Trusts collectively managing more than 2,000 nature reserves in the UK. Uniquely placed in local communities, Wildlife Trusts (in England) last year provided management advice to more than 5,000 landowners and reviewed over 70,000 planning applications. It was the only conservation organisation actively involved in all four stakeholder groups set up to consult on where Marine Conservation Zones should be sited around England. Stephanie secured a BSc in Biology and MSc in Conservation and went on to facilitate the national coalition Wildlife & Countryside Link before joining Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in 1998 and becoming Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts in 2004.Read More
Philip Hoare is the author of seven works of non-fiction, including Leviathan Or, The Whale, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for 2009. His latest book, The Sea Inside, is published by Fourth Estate, and is a personal journey through human and natural history from Southampton and the Isle of Wight, via the Azores and Sri Lanka, to Tasmania and New Zealand. He wrote and presented the BBC 2 film, The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and directed three short films for BBC 4, Philip Hoare’s Guide to Whales. Philip is professor of creative writing at the University of Southampton, and co-curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read, a free online version of Herman Melville’s book featuring Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Waters, Simon Callow, Fiona Shaw, Mary Oliver and Sir David Attenborough. He also volunteers for the Dolphin Whalewatch in Cape Cod, where friends accuse him of spending more time with whales than with human beings.
www.philiphoare.co.uk Twitter feed: @philipwhale
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
Heather Hunt trained as a clinical and child psychologist in the NHS. She now puts time and energy into managing an ancient woodland and an adjacent field, enjoying and exploring the different ways a diverse range of people engage with and benefit from nature.Read More
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.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.
Rosie Johnston has directed opera in the UK and abroad. She is a published journalist and author and a regular correspondent and critic for Opera Now. She hosted Opera, Life on the High Cs on KTAO New Mexico for four years. She is artistic director for Opera Unlimited and a founder and developer of Planet Birdsong. She leads birdsong-walking tours in Italy and Spain. Rosie’s journey into the world of birdsong started in 2011. Her passion is unlocking the hidden world of birdsong with children.Read More
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