2017

2017

Niemann, Derek

Derek Niemann has spent 28 years as a volunteer and professional communicator in nature conservation, making up for a lost childhood in which he was “an enthusiastic, untutored and inept naturalist”. In November 2014 he leaves the RSPB to become a freelance writer and editor, after spending 16 years as editor of the RSPB’s youth magazines. …

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Newton, Ian

Ian Newton has enjoyed lifetime interests in both farming and birds. As a child, he spent much of his time on farms, and later in life in his ‘spare time’ he managed a small commercial fruit farm producing apples and pears. Now retired, he worked throughout his career as a population ecologist, having done detailed research …

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Mynott, Jeremy

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 …

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Mead, Harriet

Harriet Mead is an award-winning sculptor and the President of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA). The influence of her late father, the ornithologist, author and broadcaster, Chris Mead, meant it was probably inevitable that she should take an interest in natural history and use it in her work. During her time at the helm of the SWLA, …

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Lee, Sam

Sam Lee is a singer and song collector whose repertoire, steeped in folklore and history, is inspired by the natural world. His first album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize. Subsequent achievements include the award-winning Singing with Nightingales. www.samleesong.co.uk

Kumar, Nishant

Nishant Kumar is a DPhil student and Felix scholar at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). He is supervised by Drs. Andrew Gosler, Fabrizio Sergio, and Profs. Yadvendradev Jhala and Qamar Qureshi. He studies the urban ecology of the Black Kite Milvus migrans in Delhi, a heterogeneous capital …

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Kiss, Juniper

Juniper Kiss is an undergraduate student at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) on the Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation course. She has worked with invasive species and biocontrol agent testing at CABI (Egham) and agricultural crop variety testing at NIAB (Cambridge). She used image analysis for oilseed rape petals, pods and cotyledons for over 300,000 samples …

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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 Wildlife, Poetry Review and Granta. He was awarded the 2012 Roger Deakin Prize by the Society …

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Hunt, Heather

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.

Hoare, Philip

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, …

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