“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo Leopold
This guiding principle is what underpins the work I do helping businesses to become more ethical and responsible, and educating young and old alike about the awe-inspiring wonders of nature.
At the start of 2020, I founded Wylde Connections along with my daughter, Charlotte. Wylde brings together over thirty years of professional interest in wildlife conservation, strategic marketing and communications and education and learning. We have steadily grown our team to include sustainability consultants, leadership coaches, educators and communications specialists. Our mission at Wylde is to work with businesses and organisations to achieve a greater positive impact through collaboration. This starts with having robust sustainability strategies in place and implementing them.
Working with large carnivore projects across the world, mainly focused on the wolf, has deepened my love and understanding for and about biodiversity, trophic cascades, ecosystems and precious habitats, whilst working with people and communities has shown me that when we are truly connected, with nature and with each other, we tend to want to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. Sadly, too many of us have become disconnected and disengaged.
I am a board member of the International Wildlife Coexistence Network, and a trustee at Wild Earth and the Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network in Uganda. I am also Chair of Warwickshire Badger Group.
Other professional interests include acoustic ecology and bioacoustics as a different way of perceiving the world around us, and how the use of language (both negative and positive) shapes our attitudes and perceptions and our behaviours and actions towards the “other”. In 2023, we will be launching Envedale (Environmental Education and Learning) to further our work in these areas and raise awareness of biodiversity, wildlife conservation and the wonders of nature.