Travel, lifestyle & nature writer. Amateur naturalist. Photographer. Trail runner. bTB badger vaccinator. Bee watcher. Bath Spa MA student. #ViewsMyOwn
Above is my @WildlifeStuff twitter profile. It sums me up in less than 25 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 eclectic Cabinet of curiosities will never stop growing.
For the last 20 years I’ve lived in Dorset, one of the most beautiful, wildlife and habitat diverse counties in the UK, with my husband and Tilly, a rotund tortoiseshell cat.
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 are mine, if they aren’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.
I’m an amateur naturalist, with a passion for bumblebees and solitary bees (the ones that make nests in your lawn and 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’ve been writing about the natural world on and off since the 1970s, and wrote my first award winning wildlife blog, Urban Extension, between 2007 to 2015.
My stories have been published in the books An anthology for the changing seasons; Autumn and Winter edited by Melissa Harrison and published by Elliott & Thompson Limited, and on Dorset Wildlife Trust’s wildlife blog in Potty about pollinators.
Autumn Dawn was published in Autumn Colours, an illustrated limited edition chapbook published by Sampson Low Ltd, and I was a runner up in the Autumn Writing Competition (out of 500 entrants) run by BeAnimal.
I learnt to run when I was forty-nine and love the feel of squelchy mud or sand between my toes. If I can incorporate a run or jog with seeing wildlife or discovering new wild places, then I’m happy.
I’m a big advocate of running, jogging, shuffling and walking for the over 50s, especially women, but I’m also a lazy lounge-lizard and can easily dunk half a packet of rich tea biscuits with a single mug of tea. No one’s perfect, right?
If you would like to commission a travel, lifestyle or nature writing 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.