Aquatic Environment

After several years the wildlife column in Outdoor Swimmer evolved into pages on the environment. Extra space for wildlife and wild landscapes looked at from perspectives of wildlife you might see, consumer choices that have impact on wildlife and spaces it inhabits, topical issues for watery wildlife, and a bit of armchair travel via films, podcasts, books and other means of experiencing distant places while still at home.

New York Times Journeys Expert

The New York Times asked me to join their panel of experts for New York Times Journeys. If you want to explore spring blooming fields of flowers and more in Holland come on a tulip time journey by barge with me. You can read what I wrote about travelling around Holland looking at tulips in springtime in the article ‘Chasing Rembrandt’s tulips on two wheels‘. On the tour with the New York Times I will also be talking about and showing you plants used in foods and drinks that reflect Dutch culture and history.

Outdoor Swimming Society

Assorted posts I’ve written for the Outdoor Swimming Society

Featured In

Assorted articles in which I have been quoted:

On accessible swims

Night swimming

On the terroir of scent

Voodoo Lily (Dracunculus vulgaris) in
The Plants Issue of BrownBook Magazine

Beverages, bubbles and brews

Because beverages are so very ethnobotanical…. I will be one of the scientists at the ‘Beverages, bubbles and brews’ pub quiz at Chelsea Physic Garden  in May, along with forensic botany expert Dr Mark Spencer,  chef Tom Kerridge, and garden experts from the garden.  Starting with a sunset walk around the garden guests will have four courses of food, drinks and questions.   Bookings are via Chelsea Physic Garden events


A beautiful loch and fantastic location for filming swimming and foraging.  I spent a couple of days exploring this loch by swimming and looking at its waterside plants. Its waters are tinted dark by tannin making it a super mirror for the sky.  Tucked amongst trees and in the lee of the mountains it is also a little sheltered from winds. We wrapped up filming with a few foraged cocktails made with local gin.  It will appear as a little segment on lochs in a series on wildlife.

Norwich Science Festival

I’ve been invited to the Norwich Science Festival where I will be talking about juniper and gin , and also running a workshop exploring some of the other botanicals used to make gin.  Expect plants, tastes, and aromas. At the end of October when a lot of our local plants are getting ready to be outdoors in all weathers is a good time to take a look at plants captured in gin, and enjoy a little armchair travel to warmer times and farflung places.