About Jane

Writer. Naturalist. Photographer. Carer. Bee Watcher.

About me

Above is my old @WildlifeStuff Twitter/X profile. It pretty much sums me up.

Though I was born in Hackney, London in the 1960s, and lived in London for 12 years, my heart was always in the countryside. At heart, I’m still the tomboy who tore about on her bike feeding squirrels.

For the last 20 years, I’ve lived in Dorset with my husband and Tilly, a rotund tortoiseshell cat.

Nature & Gardens

I’m fascinated by all wildlife and wild places.

My first book, written for HarperCollins/National Trust, called Nature’s Wonders: The Moments that Mark the Seasons, explores 50 magical moments that define our seasons. I hope it inspires people to connect more with nature as well as discover some quirky facts along the way.

I’m also an amateur naturalist. I have 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 and old gnarly trees.

I wrote an award-winning online wildlife diary from 2007 to 2015. Since then, my work has featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine, in Mark Avery’s Standing Up For Nature blog as well as Dorset and BV Magazine.

I contributed to An anthology for the changing seasons; Autumn and Winter, edited by Melissa Harrison and published by Elliott & Thompson Limited, in 2016.

I have written about pollinators for Dorset Wildlife Trust, poisonous plants for The Wildlife Trusts’ Wildlife Watch magazine, about nightjars for the prestigious Land Lines’ Nightjar Nights project and a secret garden for Dorset magazine.

Travel

In 2022, I was a finalist in the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year Competition with a story called Waiting for Wilma, and I’ve had a piece in The Telegraph’s Just back travel section about a disastrous campervan journey.

I love the feel of squelchy mud or sand between my toes and walks encountering wildlife or discovering new wild places.

Although I’m a carer, I still relish a bit of adventure, as written about in Carers Adventure Too.

Saying that, I’m also a dreadful lounge-lizard. I can easily dunk half a packet of rich tea biscuits in a single sitting. No one’s perfect, right?

Photography

A passion for photography in my teens and twenties landed me with a BA (Hons) in Photography at Salisbury College of Art in 1995.

Over the years, local and national magazines, blogs, and websites have used my wildlife photographs, including several bees in the book Plants for Bees written by William D J Kirk, and published by the International Bee Research Association (you can see a selection here).

If you like photos of bugs, then check out my Instagram account.

Contact me

If you are interested in commissioning an article, using any of my nature photographs (I have a library of over 20,000), or simply want to discuss a writing project, I would love to hear from you.

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