Here are the bios for the mentors who work in Writing. Please have a look to see who you think may be able to help you best as part of the mentoring scheme before making an application (details on the main mentoring page). If you are unsure, the Mentoring Officer can provide advice.

Patrick Barkham

Patrick Barkham is an author and staff writer for the Guardian where he covers wildlife and nature. He has written four books – The Butterfly Isles, Badgerlands, Coastlines and Islander – and has been a national newspaper and online journalist for 20 years. He also freelances regularly for BBC Wildlife Magazine, Country Living, Countryfile and the Oldie. He is based in Norfolk, is a very amateur naturalist and sometimes works as a butterfly tour guide!

Clive Chatters

Naturalist and author Clive Chatters was once a front-line conservationist before being drawn into management, governance and the political world of government. Now that he has the luxury of time, Clive has returned to studying the natural world and how people relate to it. 

Throughout his working life Clive has been supported by 'old hands' and would now like to return the compliment.

Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is a naturalist, author and former TV producer based in Somerset, who now runs an MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. He can offer advice on careers in most areas of the media, including television, radio, newspaper and magazine journalism, and writing books. 

See his website for more info.

Julia Migné 

Julia is the Programme Coordinator of Conservation Optimism. She is using her skills to share optimistic stories about conservation to inspire, educate, entertain and empower people all over the world. Julia is also the co-founder of INKLINE, an international media platform, which features positive news and interviews with go-getters championing sociocultural causes.

 Interested in becoming a mentor? We would like to make our panel of mentors more reflective of the young people who we hope to support. This means we'd love to hear from women and from Black, Asian and ethnic minority people. Please have a look at the information booklet and mentoring agreement and get in touch with the Mentoring Officer: mentoring@afocusonnature.org



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