I was quite shocked when a friend of mine recently asked me, "Don't you ever get bored with birds?" How could I!? I've been mad about birds since I was a child, and my enthusiasm and knowledge grew when I worked for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the RSPB after reading English at university. I am a regular volunteer with the British Trust for Ornithology and with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, three of whose reserves feature in my walks. Now that I have retired from a long career in teaching, I want to share my passion for nature, and literature, and to raise awareness and understanding of the wonders and vulnerability of the natural world around us.
'To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or seaside stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall. Teach him something of natural history and you place in his hands a catalogue of those worth turning around' - Thomas Huxley