Toms, Mike

Mike Toms is an Associate Director at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), responsible for science communication. Much of his work is geared towards public engagement in ‘Citizen Science’, delivering quality research through networks of keen amateurs. He has been with the BTO since 1994 and has also worked on owls, bird migration, monitoring methods and […]

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Smith, Ben

Ben Smith is a writer and lecturer in Creative Writing at Plymouth University, specializing in fiction, poetry and environmental literature, with a particular focus on oceans, waste and the ‘Anthropocene’. His first poetry pamphlet, Sky Burials, was published by Worple Press, and his poetry and criticism has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies. He

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Smith, Toby

Toby Smith is based in Cambridge and works internationally on projects concerning landscape, environment, industry and science. He graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Photography from London College of Communication in 2008 and is the Artist in Residence of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Insititute for 2015/16. His work is exhibited internationally and editorial clients

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Smith, Jos

Jos Smith. Jos is a poet and lecturer at UEA where he teaches, among other things, a module of ‘writing place’. Originally from Canterbury, he has also lived in Liverpool, Nottingham and Exeter before settling in Norwich. His essays and poetry have appeared in a range of UK journals, magazines, pamphlets, and anthologies and all explore

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Smith, Helen

Helen Smith completed her PhD in plant ecology at UEA and undertook post-doctoral research in conservation management at Oxford University. Her career took an unexpected turn in 1991 when she moved to live on the edge of Redgrave & Lopham Fen and met her new neighbours – the large, lovely and all-too-exclusive raft spiders. It was

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Shardlow, Matt

Matt Shardlow is Chief Executive of Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust. Buglife is the only organisation in Europe committed to saving all invertebrates; the charity has twenty four members of staff and a growing portfolio of conservation projects. The charity’s priorities include the sustainable management of brownfield sites; saving endangered Biodiversity Action Plan Priority species;

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Shapcot, Jo

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book(2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes,

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Sample, Geoff

Geoff Sample was brought up in Northumberland and the Scottish Highlands, where his early ambition was to be a naturalist and live like Gavin Maxwell. After being sidetracked into an education in Classics and a sojourn as guitarist and music producer, he wove the threads together to study and record the ancient culture of birdsong and

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Rose, Laurence

Laurence Rose is a conservationist, naturalist, composer and author.  His first book in over twenty years, The Long Spring seems, now it is written, to be about making and un-making connections:  places, connected by the migrations of birds; people, connected to place by nature and history; and cultural (dis/re)connection between people and the rest of

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Pettitt, Paul

Professor Paul Pettitt: Paul is a palaeo-archaeologist at Durham University, whose main area of research includes the art and burial practices of Neanderthals and early humans. In 2003, he co-discovered Britain’s only examples of Palaeolithic cave art at Creswell Crags in the Midlands. Paul will be talking about animals in Ice-Age cave art.

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