Dafila Scott - Cranes over the fen

New Networks for Nature is a registered charity and governed by a Board of Trustees. Meet them here.

Tim Birkhead, the Chair of Trustees, 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) and The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg (2016) were both short-listed for the Royal Society Popular Science Prize. His most recent book is The Wonderful Mr Willughby; the First True Ornithologist (2018).

Mary Colwell is a writer and producer of TV, radio and internet programmes, specialising in the areas of natural history and the environment. She was awarded the BTO Dilys Breese Award for Outstanding Communication in Science. She has made major Radio 4 series such as Natural Histories, Saving Species and Shared Planet. For TV she produced British Isles – A Natural HistoryBill Oddie Goes WildWildlife On One and Natural World. In 2009 she won a Radio Academy Sony Gold for a podcast about a prisoner caring for a budgerigar. Her first book, John Muir – The Man Who Saved America’s Wild Places, was published in 2014. Her second book, Curlew Moon, about her 500 mile walk to raise awareness about the decline of curlews in Britain and Ireland, was published in April 2018 by William Collins.

John Fanshawe 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.

Jeremy Mynott  is the author of: Birdscapes: birds in our experience and imagination (2009), described by the Guardian reviewer as ‘the finest book written on why we watch birds’; Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words (2018), shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize; Knowing your Place: Wildlife in Shingle Street (2016), arising from a local biodiversity survey; and most recently, with Michael McCarthy and Peter Marren, The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus (2020), a Guardian ‘Book of the Year’ . He is a founder member of ‘New Networks for Nature’ and co-author of a report for the Green Party on A New Deal for Nature (2019). His earlier professional career was in publishing at Cambridge University Press, where he became editorial director, then chief executive. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Ruth Padel. Her collections include Darwin – A Life in Poems and The Mara Crossing, a meditation on migration. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Trustee of the Zoological Society of London. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and a British Council Darwin Now research award. She teaches poetry at King’s College London.

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