My computer keeps suggesting I write something in the About bit of my blog … so here goes.
I am a writer/ecologist/photographer/parent – the order of those things changes dramatically from day-to-day. For example, I am writing this over half term – my wife, Zoe, is on a rigid inflatable boat in the Thames estuary, learning how to stay safe at high speed while filming – so I am a full time dad today. Well, not totally, as I have grabbed a moment to write this while the radio rather beautifully accompanies me with the Four Last Songs of Ricard Strauss … typing gets harder through a glaze of tears.
What I do? Well, I wrote a book about hedgehogs (and if you are reading this, but have not yet got it, I would like to know why!) that was the culmination of over 20 years work as a hedgehog ecologist and campaigner. I have another book or two bubbling around in me, though at the moment it feels rather like indigestion as I wait for a publisher to fully appreciate the value of my ideas! I have a website that is a bit static – but does have more information about my work – www.urchin.info.
Interests – from the earliest time I have been fascinated by wildlife. My second ever crush was Jane Goodall (after Kate Bush). Another passion is music – hence the delight at finding the Four Last Songs on the radio. I might, sometime, list some of my favourite pieces of music … in fact, here are a few:
der Rosenkavelier, Tristan und Isolde (my boy’s name is Tristan), Bruckner’s 7th, Brahms’ German Requiem, Mahler … 5th probably, Beethoven … well, one of my perfect memories of Matilda was dancing to the 7th with her on my shoulders. Oh – this list could go on for a very long time. Just a parting musical note – a friend of mine is finishing a film – Following the Ninth.
My body is beginning to interfere with some of my other passions – squash and ultimate frisbee are both now only reduced to occasional indulgences, with long recovery times. I am trying to meet some of my needs through 5 Rhythms dancing … have not been often yet, but it might just do. I want to live near a surf-beach (or rather, I wish that Oxford was near a surf-beach).
Mati and Pip (Tristan’s more usual name) have been quiet for too long – I must go investigate – but there is some idea of me … am more than happy for people who know me to add more detail!