About Me


Thank you for dropping by, I hope you might find something on this blog to interest you.

I am an amateur naturalist privileged to find myself living my childhood dream of a life and career in nature.

I launched Common By Nature back in 2011 as a place to express my interest in the natural world, explore the topics which interest me and, more importantly, to enthuse others about the wild world around us. Whether I have been successful in that remains to be seen, but I do enjoy waffling about nature!

My core interests lie in the field of natural history – in the physical act of observing, recording and enjoying flora and fauna in the field. Albeit with a slight bias towards plants and invertebrates, and of course, towards the wildlife of my native North East England.

This aside, I am also increasingly passionate about cultivating nature at home. To this end, you may notice a growing number of posts about wildlife gardening, plants and, dare I say it, even horticulture. Though of course,  I will caveat the latter by saying I am absolutely not qualified to discuss this – take notice at your peril.

What to expect on this blog?

If you love organisation and a clearly definined purpose, I’d jump ship now!

For me, this blog has always been an amalgamation of various different interests. You can definitely expect nature, that’s for sure, likely in the form of wildlife sightings, musings on local walks, wildlife gardening and perhaps the odd slightly facual piece too.


The boring bit

I hold a Masters qualification in Wildlife Management and a Bachelors degree in Animal Conservation Science. In the years since I have worked in both practical conservation and ecology before finally finding my feet in communications and engagement for the wonderful Natural History Society of Northumbria.

Whilst I seldom write much anymore, my written work has been published in two editions of the Anthology for the Changing Seasons book series, as well as in Research Features, The Entomologists Record, Fieldsports Magazine, Dragonfly News, Roebuck and the Countryman.

Online, I have maintained columns for Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Conservation Jobs and Wildlife Articles – the latter of which, although it beggars belief, has now been read by over 162,000 people. A full list of my written work can be found here.

My work in communications has won me recognition by BBC Wildlife Magazine on multiple occasions, as well as finalist positions at the Northern Blogger Awards and Living North Awards. More recently, I earned the highly commended spot at the UK Blog Awards 2018 (and 2019) and, in a bizarre twist, found myself featured on BBC Countryfile as a result.