I have always been wild about natural history... in fact for as long as I can remember it has been part of my life. Even though I grew up in SE London, I was always watching the birds that visited our garden or enjoying the wildlife in Greenwich Park.. one of my favourite haunts.
In 1996, I trained as a teacher, with environmental education as my specialism and I have taught in the primary sector ever since.
In 2001, I set up my own consultancy business, writing educational materials. My work is exciting and varied and I have worked for all sorts of organisations from butterfly parks, for industry, to a wonderful job working in the Natural History Museum, London, where I wrote their primary education guides for visiting school children. I have also worked as the education consultant for Simon King's Wildlife Whisperer website. I now manage a 7 acre site for wildlife, in Worcestershire. This work is showcased at www.yewview.co.uk
I have exhibited at Gardeners' World Live and at Birdfair, Rutland. I have appeared on Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Gardeners' World and Midlands Today and my work has meant I have met many wonderful wildlife enthusiasts!
I still teach two days a week in a Warwickshire primary school and I feel my up-to-date teaching experience is fundamental to the consultancy work I undertake.
I am a keen photographer and I spend as much time as I can photographing the wildlife in and around my home and garden. I also do some portrait work to fund the next piece of camera kit I want!
It is the wildlife that visits my garden that inspired me to start my blog and then to create this site. I have been delighted at how many people have followed my blog and shown interest in what I am doing on 'my patch'. I now work for an increasing number of wildlife based companies, trialling and writing about their kit and helping them enhance with the learning potential of their products.
I hope the projects I do in my garden will inspire others to stop and think what they could do for wildlife in their gardens.