Writing, media and art

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.
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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!

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Lucy McRobert

Lucy McRobert is a wildlife storyteller. She published her first book 365 Days Wild in 2019, is a columnist for Birdwatch and has written for BBC Wildlife, Bird Watching, and Seasons (2016). In 2015, she featured on BBC Wildlife’s first wildlife power list and was the researcher on Tony Juniper’s What Nature does for Britain (2015). Lucy freelances as an editor, writer and communications consultant.

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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.

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Keith Betton

Keith Betton is a media trainer, PR consultant and writer and has recently co-authored two books with Mark Avery. However, for 20 years he was the main spokesman for the UK travel industry, making over 1000 TV appearances and 5000 radio broadcasts, commenting on the news issues of the day as they affected the travelling public. Keith is currently a BTO Vice President and a trustee of the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

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Ceri Levy

Ceri Levy is a documentary filmaker writer and self-titled "Gonzovationist". His new book Critical Critters is out July 2018.

Ceri is involved with a local community conservation project in Leicestershire, the Three Villages Conservation Trust.


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.


Russell Barnett

Russell is a natural history television researcher and has worked on programmes for the BBC including Springwatch, Natural World, Autumnwatch and Fierce Queens. He also loves picking up a camera and has made many of his own short wildlife and adventure films. Russell is keen to give advice to people from all backgrounds on how to start a career in documentary filmmaking or wildlife television.

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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