I grew up on Ashdown Forest which nurtured my interest in wildlife. I am a naturalist and scientist with degrees in zoology and botany. I also studied EU Law at King’s College, University of London. Having travelled extensively in the tropics this has informed the number of books I have written (over 40) for children and adults, on nature conservation, rainforests, butterflies and gardening.

Time for some pollen protein collected from Hazel catkins