Creativity is a central part of my life. I write poetry which has won competitions and been published in poetry magazines and anthologies. I regularly publish my Nature Writing on the Discover Wildlife site and I have been runner-up twice in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Nature Writing competition (in 2011 and 2013). I run a writing group – The Chalkstream Writers. We have recently published Attic Words – our work on Emma Hardy’s life at Max Gate. I am also an artist and enjoy botanical illustration, lino-cutting and creating concrete poetry. I go beach-combing and collect flotsam and jetsam with which to make sculptures. I am never happier than when foraging. I spend as much time as I can on the Isles of Scilly which is a very special place for me. I live in West Dorset and have chalk in my bones …

I am a Local Patch Reporter for BBC Wildlife Magazine and enjoy posting a weekly blog featuring my observations and experience of the natural world. 



  1. Really enjoy reading your work and especially the photo-montages. Favourite blog is about Kingcombe, knew Nigel Spring who started the original centre and have visited it a few times since. Now we are in South America working on a project in the Andes. To-day is 28 and have been in the Atacama desert most of the day.
    Long to ‘slosh’ along the muddy lanes of Dorset looking for hairstreaks amidst the tangles and fronds of greenery.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. Nigel Spring was the force behind Kingcombe for years – a great chap. I shall be going back there quite frequently so watch this space!

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