For as long as I can remember I have had a deep-rooted interest in wildlife, angling and the natural world. My lifelong interest in these areas is reflected through my published writing and photography and through my academic background (Environmental Biology BSc). My writing has been published in numerous major magazines and websites including BBC UK Nature (Story Developer for BBC Springwatch), The Ecologist and Trout and Salmon. Above all, I am passionate about sharing my passion for wildlife, angling and the natural world which is what drives me to write and why this website came to fruition.
After leaving school I new that I had to somehow incorporate my fascination with the natural world into my life. I decided to study Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University (First Class Honours BSc) which gave me the opportunity to study the natural world and in particular Ecology. I was fascinated by my degree and surprised and delighted to receive First Class Honours and be awarded two prestigious academic awards: 'Institute of Biology Top Bioscience Student Award' and 'Best Undergraduate Piece of Independent Research Award'.
Combining Science with Writing
My academic background in Ecology and Environmental Biology, combined with my extensive knowledge of natural history, have given me a concrete understanding of the science that underpins the natural world and the current environmental context of life on earth. I love combining my scientific knowledge with creative and factual writing. My writing was kick-started when, in 2007, I was short-listed in the BBC Wildlife Travel Writing Awards for a piece I wrote on Hebridean otters. Although I did not win the competition, the relative success gave me the confidence to write a little more and I have never looked back. My writing and photography has been widely published (click here for further details) and is currently centred on angling, wildlife and the environment. I am currently planning my first books which I hope to get off the ground very soon. Watch this space!
Current Activity and Objective
When I am not fly fishing in the Brecon Beacons or pulling lobster pots off the Dorset coast I am most likely to be found tapping away on my laptop. At present I am writing various feature articles for the angling press, while also planning several books: Trout Diaries (factual angling), One Last Cast (angling tales) and The Wind in the Rushes (a children's wildlife story inspired by Kenneth Graham's, Wind in the Willows).
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