A Focus On Nature

Writers & Bloggers

Peter CooperPeter Cooper

Naturalist.
Environmental Journalist & Blogger.
Nature Writer.
Wildlife Photographer.
Committee Member.

Pete is an amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and a Zoology undergraduate at the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus. He also has a particular love for nature writing and the way it straddles both the biological and cultural aspects of nature, and has also written blog articles on wildlife-related issues for the Independent. He is now Editor-in-Chief for his University magazine Life, discussing natural history. Wildlife has been his lifetime passion – there was never a time when he remembers ‘discovering it’, and his earliest memories are indeed all animal related! Not surprisingly it’s all he has ever wanted to do as a career – currently he volunteers for various wildlife conservation groups and zoos, be it monitoring badgers in the New Forest, conducting wildlife surveys at his local wetland site or educating people on the plights of wildlife in Africa. Inspired by his hero Gerald Durrell, the ultimate goal is to set up his own wildlife conservation trust, whilst inspiring as many people as possible to act for nature through natural history writing and broadcasting.
Personal Wildlife Blog
Wildlife Blog for The Independent

 

Zoe MoultonZoë Jayne Moulton

Environmental Historian.
Naturalist.
Nature Conservationist.
Broadcaster.

Zoë’s award-winning third-year Dissertation at the University of Nottingham focused on the environmental history of Puffin Island. She proved that this unique island, albeit small, has a surprisingly diverse socio-cultural and scientific history that has affected the fauna upon it and man’s relationship with it. She aspires to become a valuable member of one of the British NGOs and hopes to create exciting television that will make environmental history accessible to all, as it is an important part of British culture and education. Her passion for environmental history is based upon her own childhood experiences gazing out across the sea at this mystical little island and only increased further by determined research and investigation into its history. For Zoë, environmental history offers unique insights into nature and wildlife that transcends the boundaries of time and looks forward to a positive future for the planets intrinsic beauty and mystery.

 

Megan Shersby

Naturalist.
Former Committee Member (Online & Social Media Manager, 2015-2017)
Writer.

Megan has worked for a variety of conservation organisations, including different Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and the Dwarf Mongoose Research Project. Initially recruited to manage the social media of the Vision for Nature campaign, before going on to managing the online and social media work for AFON. She now works as an assistant for a wildlife magazine.

@MeganShersby

 

Chris FosterChris Foster

Birder.
Nature Writer.
Ecologist.
Academic.

Chris is a birder who is slowly evolving into an amateur naturalist, one increasingly keen on finding, learning about and promoting more ‘obscure’ wildlife. Through his writing he tries to get across the sheer beauty of nature, but also wants to highlight just how much fun – for want of a better word – wildlife can be. He is employed by Reading University as a Teaching Associate in the School of Biological Sciences, focussing primarily on engaging students with species identification, biological recording and conservation philosophy. He is in the early stages of a PhD in invertebrate landscape ecology, through which he ultimately hopes to make a contribution to conserving the sorts of bird and insect rich landscapes he loves to spend time in.

 

Georgia LocockGeorgia Locock

Wildlife Blogger.
Naturalist.
Photographer.
Filmmaker.

Georgia Locock is a 15 year old wildlife enthusiast with a passion for photographing, filming, observing and blogging about all things to do with nature and wildlife. All her life she has been interested in wildlife and nature and she can’t remember a day when she wasn’t. She has also been photographing and filming wildlife for quite some time. What she captures is almost always put onto her wildlife blog for people to view. She has been doing her blog for just over a year now and she finds it very enjoyable because it’s a record of what she’s seen, and It gets new people involved. She’s been invited to different events and it’s very exciting! At first her blog focused on logging wildlife sightings but now it has grown to passing on tips and getting new people interested in the natural world.
In the past Georgia and her work has been featured in local newspapers, Wildlife Trust and Wildlife Watch magazines, on the BBC WM radio where she spoke about looking after garden wildlife in hot conditions and she was asked by BBC Autumnwatch if they could use some of her badger footage which she filmed on the program.

You can follow Georgia on her wildlife journey and much more by following her wildlife blog – http://georgiaswildlifewatch.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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Environmental Historian.
Communicator.
Writer.

Madison has just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a First class degree in History; whilst at the University Madison was able to specialise and write her Dissertation upon the newly emerging discipline of environmental history. Her award-winning Dissertation fused gender history with environmental history looking at the role of four notable women naturalists or ‘Ladies for Nature’: Hilda Quick, Stella Turk, Rose Murphy and Rosemary Parslow, and their roles within Cornish and Scillonian natural history and conservation. Madison was able to make new and exciting parallels between involvements win the natural world, whether that was in an educational or conservation capacity, and gender. Madison hopes to combine her love for environmental history within her future career, hoping to work within a notable natural and wildlife organisation in a marketing, public relations, events and communications capacity. Madison discovered her love for the environment within the wild Cornish landscape, where she has been lucky enough to spend a third of her year from aged 11, explaining how her unique Dissertation idea was born. In many respects Madison herself may be part of this tradition of women naturalists inspired by Britain’s South West.

 

Ben Eagle

Environmental Historian.
Conservationist.
Writer & Blogger
Committee Member.

Ben is an environmental writer, researcher, project coordinator and commentator on environmental and agricultural issues. Ben’s interests cover a broad spectrum of issues from food and farming to conservation, rewilding, environmental history, soils and community resilience. He has previously worked for Essex Wildlife Trust and volunteered for a range of organisations including Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol University Conservation Group and Bristol City Council and now works on coordinating projects with a range of partners including the National Trust and Bristol University, as well as writing for a range of publications. In 2015 he published his first book – ‘Pushed to the Edge: A History of the Naze and Walton Hall’. Ben blogs regularly at his website ‘thinkingcountry.com’ and produces and presents a regular podcast called Meet the Farmers.

 

Connel BradwellConnel Bradwell

Environmental Educator.
Blogger.
Conservation Volunteer.
Naturalist.

Connel is a wildlife educator and blogger originally from Leicestershire. From an early age Connel has had a passion and love for the natural world, often spending weekends and holidays travelling around the country to watch birds.  Connel volunteered with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for 6 years and took part in residential volunteering with the RSPB, based in Abernethy Forest in northern Scotland, working with their osprey project. Whilst at university Connel spent a year on Vancouver Island in Canada, interning in killer whale research and working in environmental education. After returning to university in the UK Connel set up a wildlife science club at a local middle school, to share his love for wildlife with younger people. In 2013 Connel graduated with a BSc in Wildlife Conservation from Nottingham Trent University.  He received a job offer to manage an environmental education charity’s work on Vancouver Island, and has worked there since 2013.  Despite living abroad he is still hugely passionate about British wildlife. Connel has recently started a wildlife blog, covering the latest wildlife stories, issues and opinions from the UK and Canada.  His aim is to encourage people to incorporate a little nature into their daily lives.

You can find his blog here: www.dailynature.net
Twitter: @connelbradwell

 

Alex PearceAlex Pearce

Writer.
Photographer.
Conservationist.

After originally studying Marine Science, Alex found herself zookeeping for several years, working with a variety of different species. A love for British nature and a desire to tackle animal-related issues at the root of the problem, Alex got involved with the Essex Wildlife Trust and eventually became a long term volunteer writer for the Trust, working on their living landscapes website. Through this, Alex fell in love with educating people about environmental issues via the written word and started writing more regularly.

Mostly focusing on Cornwall, animals and British wildlife, Alex has since worked with charities such as the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust and writes for various magazines and websites. She is a keen amateur wildlife photographer whose photos have been used in magazines and by the Wildlife Trust.

Alex is currently studying marketing and journalism part time.

www.alexandra-pearce.com

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Blogger.
Photographer.
Conservation Volunteer.

Edward is a 17 year old blogger and photographer living on an organic farm in Perthshire, Scotland. He started his personal nature blog A Naturalist Writes back in August 2015, to talk about his experiences, views and news of the natural world around him, from swallows to roe deer, hoverflies to house sparrows. He hopes to go into nature-based journalism when older, so a personal blog is a good place to start. He is also a wildlife artist who has been trying to find new ways to depict nature beyond strict representation. He has volunteered with the RSPB and Scottish Wildlife Trust, and has also participated on a school expedition to Costa Rica with Far Frontiers Expeditions, with another scientific expedition on Montserrat with Coral Cay Conservation coming up in July 2016.

 

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Nature Writer.
Naturalist.
Blogger.

James is an amateur naturalist and conservationist, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Conservation Science. And currently studying an MSc in wildlife management. To date, he has worked predominantly in the environmental sector: as the assistant ranger for St. Abbs Head NNR and, later, as an ecological field assistant. Carrying out additional voluntary work, whenever possible, with the RSPB, Red Squirrels Northern England and Trinity Youth Association. Experiences which have gifted James with abundant inspiration for his foremost passion of nature writing. A hobby which he hopes to develop into a full-time career, very soon.
At present, James has contributed to a number of media sources, including Fieldsports Magazine, The Harrier and the Northumberland Gazette. In addition to more recent pieces in Spring and Summer – two books by Melissa Harrison. He is a dedicated blogger: holding a weekly column on Conservation Jobs and both writing for, and managing the popular Wildlife Articles website. His own blog, has been featured on two occasions by BBC Wildlife Magazine and, to date, has earned him a number of exciting opportunities. In the future, he hopes to utilise writing as a means of inspiring others to enjoy the natural world, and to take up arms to defend it.

 

Dion Dobrzynski

Poet.
Photographer.

Dion Dobrzynski is a poet and photographer inspired by the wonder and complexity of the natural world. He is reading English Literature at Durham University, with the hope of going on to Edinburgh University for an MSc in Environment, Culture and Society. Dion is passionate about protecting and promoting the natural world, believing that the arts and humanities play an important role in tackling local and global environmental issues by reimagining our relationship with it – and with each other.

See Dion’s poetry and photography on his blog: https://dobrzynskipoetryphotography.wordpress.com/

Ellie May Forrester

Nature Writer.
Photographer.
Blogger.

Ellie is a naturalist and writer who has an interest in entomology (study of insects) which developed when she began taking wildlife photographs four years ago. It started with butterflies and the more she learned the more curious she became. Ellie had officially caught the bug for bugs and this led to her becoming passionate about conservation and she decided to get practically involved with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Over the last couple of years, Ellie has done a variety of different tasks as a volunteer with the trust from working with primary school children to being a part of the teams helping to conserve and preserve the local nature reserves.

Ellie happens to have a disability and in recent months she has written a number of articles, concerning accessibility to the countryside. This inspired her to create this page, ‘The Unconventional Naturalist’, as way to show that nature is there for everyone to enjoy and explore.

 

Louise Thacker

Writer.
Vegan.
Conservationist.

Louise is currently in her second year at Bath Spa University studying creative writing. Since childhood she has always had a strong connection and fascination with the natural world. Throughout her university experience, Louise has explored this connection through writing, volunteering in local wildlife projects and engaging with the environment and the species it’s home to.

One of Louise’s proudest achievements is becoming vegan. It has become her passion and has allowed her to discover who she wants to be. Louise has written for the Vegan Society, her universities’ magazine Spa Life, started the first Vegan Society at Bath Spa University and was elected as the new student union’s Environment and Ethics Officer.

Louise loves reading and is particularly fascinated in Philosophy, Buddhism, Science, Japanese Culture, Environmentalist, Veganism and Animal Rights Activism. Throughout her artistic and professional nature, Louise aspires to become an animal rights activist, nature writer, Vegan Ambassador, eco traveller and wildlife photographer.