Naturalist. bTB Badger Vaccinator. Nature & travel writer. Photographer. Bee Watcher.
Above is my old @WildlifeStuff twitter profile. It pretty much sums me up.
Even though I was born in Hackney, London in the 1960s, and lived in London for 12 years, my heart has always been in the countryside. I’m the tomboy tearing around on my bike feeding squirrels in Friends, and my cabinet of curiosities is full to overflowing.
For the last 20 years, I’ve lived in Dorset; a wildlife and habitat diverse county in England, with my husband and Tilly, the fat tortoiseshell cat.
I’m fascinated by all wildlife and wild places. My first book for HarperCollins about Nature’s Wonders is due to be published in 2023.
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 (I’m a bTB badger vaccinator for my local Wildlife Trust and badger group), and old trees.
I wrote an award-winning online wildlife diary from 2007 to 2015. Since then, my work has featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and in Mark Avery’s Stand Up For Nature blog and I write a monthly nature column for The Blackmore Vale Magazine.
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 and have written about pollinators for Dorset Wildlife Trust, 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 I 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. I took pretty much all the photos on this site. Any I didn’t take are credited to the photographer.
My photographs of wildlife, and especially bees, were 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 many other magazines and wildlife conservation blogs and websites.
Travel and Wellbeing
In 2022 I was a finalist in the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year Competition for my story called Waiting for Wilma.
The Telegraph also published my story of a disastrous campervan journey in their Just back travel section.
I love the feel of squelchy mud or sand between my toes and if I can incorporate a jog or walk while encountering wildlife or discovering new wild places, I’m happy.
Although I’m a big advocate for jogging, shuffling and walking for the over 50s, especially women, 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, wellbeing or nature article, use any of my nature photographs (from a library of over 20,000) or would just like to discuss a writing idea, it would be great to hear from you.