Naturalist. bTB Badger Vaccinator. Nature writer. Photographer. Bee Watcher. Bath Spa Uni Creative Writing MA.
Above is my @WildlifeStuff twitter profile. It sums me up in fifteen words.
Even though I was born in Hackney in London in 1964, and lived in London for 12 years, my heart and mind has always been in the countryside. I’m the tomboy tearing around on my bike feeding squirrels in Friends, and my cabinet of curiosities will never stop growing.
For the last 20 years I’ve lived in Dorset; a wildlife and habitat diverse county in the UK, with my husband and fat tortoiseshell cat.
I’m an amateur naturalist, with a passion for bumblebees and solitary bees (the ones that make nests in your lawn and use holes in your walls; and get mistaken for honeybees), badgers (I’m a bTB badger vaccinator for my local Wildlife Trust and badger group), and old trees, but I’m fascinated by all wildlife and wild places.
I wrote an award winning wildlife diary blog between 2007 to 2015. Since then I’ve been featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine, and have written numerous times for Mark Avery’s Stand Up For Nature blog.
In 2016 I was included in An anthology for the changing seasons; Autumn and Winter, edited by Melissa Harrison and published by Elliott & Thompson Limited. Have written about pollinators for Dorset Wildlife Trust, about poisonous plants for The Wildlife Trusts, Wildlife Watch magazine, and about nightjars for the prestigious Land Lines’ Nightjar Nights project.
Autumn Dawn was published in Autumn Colours, an illustrated limited edition chapbook published by Sampson Low Ltd, and was runner up in the Autumn Writing Competition (out of 500 entrants) run by BeAnimal.
A passion for photography in my teens and twenties culminated in a BA (Hons) in Photography at Salisbury College of Art in 1995. Pretty much all the photos on this site were taken by me, if they weren’t, I’ll always credit the photographer.
My photographs of wildlife, and especially bees, have been used in the book Plants for Bees written by William D J Kirk, and published by the International Bee Research Association, a selection of the photographs can be seen here, and in numerous other magazines and wildlife conservation blogs and websites.
Travel and Lifestyle
The Telegraph published my story of a disastrous campervan journey to France in their Just back travel section.
I started running when I was forty-nine, and love the feel of squelchy mud or sand between my toes. If I can incorporate a run, jog or walk with seeing wildlife or discovering new wild places, then I’m happy.
I’m a big advocate for running, jogging, shuffling and walking for the over 50s, especially women, but I’m also a dreadful lounge-lizard, and can easily dunk half a packet of rich tea biscuits in a single mug of tea. No one’s perfect, right?
If you would like to commission a travel, lifestyle or nature article, use any of my photographs (from a library of over 20,000 nature photographs) or would just like to discuss a writing and/or photography idea, it would be great to hear from you.