I grew up in north Cornwall, where I spent much of my time amassing a collection of shells and exploring the tidal pools. Not much has changed, except I now own a proper pair of waders and have a fantastic network of fellow marine wildlife enthusiasts.
I moved away for a while to work on environmental policy issues in the Civil Service, Friends of the Earth and Climate South East, but the call of the sea was too strong. I moved back to Looe in south-east Cornwall in 2011 with my partner, to bring up our son.
I volunteer with Looe Marine Conservation Group and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust to inspire people of all ages to learn about and help to conserve our exceptionally diverse marine wildlife. I write about wildlife, travel and environmental issues and I work as an Associate Lecturer in environmental studies for the Open University.