I have ever been excited about anything feathered, particularly those with webbed feet! By the age of thirteen, I was lucky enough to start a collection of waterfowl at my family home in Shropshire.
Eight years later, after graduating from university and having learnt so much about these charismatic birds, I was eager to write a book to enthuse and encourage others of the same age to start to enjoy wildlife - such as birds - but especially waterfowl! Early on I wasn't sure where to start in the writing industry so I turned to the WWT (Wildfowl Wetlands Trust) to seek some advice and help along the way.
I had been working alongside the trust during the management of my own collection as well as volunteering at a few of their 9 centres. Over the past 4 years I have also been running marathons to support their various projects including Mission Madagascar to reintroduce the endemic Pochard and research for the intrepid migratory Greenland White-fronted goose - having raised nearly £5,000 to date.
The plan is to continue further fundraising initiatives and to raise awareness of the importance nature has to our planet's welfare. As you read this, I am spending much of spare time working at the Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk.
................... oh and yes, write more books of course!