A Focus On Nature

Rob Lambert

Expedition ship lecturer.

“One of just a few experts in environmental history so able to offer the bigger wider pictures of ‘change over time’ in all Nature-People relationships (stories), past, present and future. I give real context to TV natural history series and documentaries, and whilst a university academic by training, I am a passionate advocate of full and real engagement with wider public mass audiences. I have broad experience in radio and television both in front of the camera and worki scientific, but more uniquely (and of huge public importance and value), the non-scientific.ng as a consultant/advisor; a confident, charismatic, knowledgeable communicator offering insights on Nature derived from a range of disciplines both  more uniquely (and of huge public importance and value), the non-scientific.”

Dr Rob Lambert is a multi-disciplinary academic at the University of Nottingham, working in environmental history and tourism & the environment. He holds a MA (Hons) in Modern History and a PhD in Environmental History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. From 1998-2000 he held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship at St. Andrews in the field of British environmental history studying the historical relationships between grey seals and people. Rob is also Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia where he delivered the prestigious Alexander Lecture in 2006, taking as his theme ‘Contested Nature in the modern British countryside’. He has published a number of books: edited collections Species History in Scotland (1998); (with T.C. Smout) Rothiemurchus: Nature and People on a Highland Estate 1500-2000 (1999); (with Ian Rotherham) Invasive and Introduced Plants and Animals: human perceptions, attitudes and approaches to management (2011); and a research monograph Contested Mountains (2001) about the Cairngorms range in the Highlands of Scotland; as well as numerous academic articles on the past and present relationships between Nature and People in Great Britain. Rob was a writer on the international ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’ art  project in 2011; and is a Steering Group member of the environmental think-tank New Networks for Nature (N3) in Britain. He also sits on the judging panel of the A Focus on Nature (AFON) scheme launched in 2012.

He is a programme consultant and talking head expert to the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol working on a number of major TV and radio wildlife documentaries including series Birds Britannia; Making Scotland’s Landscape; When Britain Went Wild; Why the British Love Wildlife; Cairngorms: A Year in the Wild; In Pursuit of the Ridiculous; Attenborough’s Life Stories; The Great British Wildlife Revival; Grand Tours of Scotland – The Charms of Nature; Torrey Canyon: toxic tide and others. On three occasions Rob has voyaged south to the ice on expedition ships to serve as an IAATO International ‘Observer’ of sustainable tourism in Antarctica, and was part of the Lecture staff on round-Britain expedition cruise in 2009 and 2012. He is a past President of the European Society for Environmental History, and has co-edited the international academic journal Environment and History since 2000.

He is a very keen British and global birdwatcher and cetacean-watcher, with around 30 years of field experience, and is passionate about showing people wildlife. Rob lives in Long Clawson in Leicestershire, regularly watching birds at Rutland Water and Eyebrook Reservoir, and has attended the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water for many years, the past few years as part of the Events Marquee team. Rob has been going to the Isles of Scilly for over 20 years, and its seascapes and landscapes remain his most cherished British place. Rob is Vice-President of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.