ABOUT

“I love trees and spring flowers and old fences covered with creepers. I love watching geese fly home at sunset and listening to the birds that sing and chatter in my garden. I love robins and foxes and badgers and mongooses. I listen out for porcupines at night and the owls calling to one another from neighbours’ rooftops. I love the ocean breeze, the silence of a woodland, bluebells in spring, snowdrops in winter, a river tumbling over mossy rocks. I love waking up each day knowing that the delicate magic of life stretches before me…”
 
WORKING FOR WILDLIFE & WILD PLACES

As a writer and environmental project innovator, I have worked over the years with many inspired people and organisations, and been involved in a diverse range of initiatives, each created to inspire closer connections to the world of wild nature.

I have always been drawn to wild landscapes and the creatures that live alongside us. This interest in and concern for our natural world is woven into all of my work, most particularly our Oceans of Africa marine conservation work and my Wild Neighbours Urban Wildlife Initiative which I launched in 2010 with the support of Dr John Hadidian of the Humane Society in America.

Through creating inspirational materials that explore our complex and ever-changing relationship with nature, I hope to engender a more caring and compassionate attitude towards the creatures great and small that live alongside us in our towns and cities around the world.

I recently launched my Wild Gardens initiative with a specific focus on helping people to integrate wild gardening principles within their homes.

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A BRIEF OUTLINE OF MY WORK EXPERIENCE

Produced Cape Envirolink magazine which won a Green Trust Award;

Project director of Oceans of Africa since 2003;

Produced The Whale Show for the Whale Museum, seen by over 30 000 people;

Launched Sacred Ocean at the Two Oceans Aquarium with Archbishop Tutu;

Our book Watching Whales and Dolphins was published by Penguin Random House;

Co-researched, wrote and filmed The Porcupine Report for IFAW Southern Africa;

Produced Reconnecting with Nature for the SA National Biodiversity Institute;

Produced Wilderness Visionaries for The WILD Foundation US;

Project director of Wild Neighbours with support from The Humane Society US;

Have worked with WWF raising funds for their rhino conservation work;

Project director of Ashton Environmental Programmes.