Michael Blencowe is a naturalist, writer and wildlife guide. He lives in Sussex with a stuffed Hawfinch.

Ever since he was knee-high to a Speckled Bush-cricket Michael has been passionate about wildlife and conservation. His childhood was immersed in the Devon countryside, spending wild weekends clambering around rockpools and hiking the coastal cliff paths of the South Hams or wandering between the tors of Dartmoor in search of Ring Ouzels and Dippers.

Since moving to Sussex he has gained almost twenty years’ experience of the amazing diversity of wildlife and habitats found in this county. Through his pioneering work co-ordinating a five year survey of the county’s butterflies for ‘The Butterflies of Sussex’ book he has unique insight into the best wildlife sites in Sussex.

Michael has worked for a number of wildlife conservation organisations where he has helped thousands of people to explore, understand, appreciate and celebrate their amazing wildlife heritage.

His passion and wildlife knowledge have taken him all over the globe. He’s discussed Swifts on Countryfile,  Swallowtails on Springwatch and herbalism in a Harry Potter documentary.

And, yes, he’s still very proud of winning the award for ‘Lewes Personality of the Year 2012’.

(Michael is aware that in many of the photos on this website he is wearing the same jumper and would like to assure you that this is simply a coincidence. He does actually own more than one jumper).