Naturalist. bTB Badger Vaccinator. Nature writer. Photographer. Bee Watcher. Bath Spa Uni Creative Writing MA.
Above is my old @WildlifeStuff twitter profile. It pretty much sums me up in fifteen words.
Even though I was born in Hackney, London in 1964, and lived in London for 12 years, my heart and soul have 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 Tilly, the fat tortoiseshell cat.
I’m fascinated by all wildlife and wild places, always have been, and I’m currently writing a book for HarperCollins about amazing moments in nature. Due to be published in 2023.
I’m also an amateur naturalist. Passionate about 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, my love of nature helps me write a monthly nature column for The Blackmore Vale Magazine.
I wrote an award-winning online wildlife diary from 2007 to 2015. Since then I’ve been featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and have written extensively 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.
I completed a Masters in Nature & Travel Writing between 2019 and 2021 at Bath Spa University, gaining a distinction. The Anthology Out There includes a few pieces of my work from that time.
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 for my story about Waiting for Wilma.
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 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.