I have always been wild about natural history... in fact for as long as I can remember it has been part of my life. Even though I grew up in SE London, I was always watching the birds that visited our garden or enjoying the wildlife in Greenwich Park.. one of my favourite haunts.
In 1996, I trained as a teacher, with environmental education as my specialism and I have taught in the primary sector ever since.
In 2001, I set up my own consultancy business, initially writing educational materials. This has grown and blossomed into my WIldlifeKate business. My work is exciting and varied and I have worked for all sorts of organisations from butterfly parks, for industry, to a wonderful job working in the Natural History Museum, London, where I wrote their primary education guides for visiting school children. I have written for the BBC WIldlife Magazine and featured on BBC SpringWatch, Autumnwatch, Midlands Today and Gardeners' World.
I still teach two days a week in a Warwickshire primary school and I feel my up-to-date teaching experience is fundamental to the consultancy work I undertake.
I am a keen photographer and I spend as much time as I can photographing the wildlife in and around my home and garden. I also do some portrait work to fund the next piece of camera kit I want!
It is the wildlife that visits my garden that inspired me to start my WildlifeKate venture and then to create my website. I have been delighted at how many people have followed my blog and shown interest in what I am doing on 'my patch'. I now work for an increasing number of wildlife based companies, trialling and writing about their kit and helping them enhance with the learning potential of their products. This website aims to get all my reviews in one place to help others choose kit for their 'patch'.
I hope the projects I do in my garden will inspire others to stop and think what they could do for wildlife in their gardens.
Photo: Pete Walkden