Jon Ardle is technical editor for the RHS magazine The Garden, specializing in bonsai and Japanese gardens. He is the author of two books on bamboos and grasses and lives in Peterborough.
Claire Arrowsmith is Principal Pratitioner for the Pet Behaviour Centre and a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Consellors. She is the author of Brain Games for Dogs, Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs and Instant Dog Training.
Alexander Ash is a Londoner born and bred. Originally from Tooting and part-raised in Wandsworth, he received an honours degree in Economics from University College London. He has contributed to a number of fascinating trivia titles, including It Just Slipped Out and Boring, Botty and Spong. Alex is also the co-author of the 2012 edition of the bestselling annual Top 10 of Everything.
Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner and Andrew Walsh are the team behind the angling and music blog Caughtbytheriver.net. Their day job is running the independent record label Heavenly Recordings.The book is illustrated throughout with the woodblocks of the artist and writer Robert Gibbings. One time owner of the Golden Cockerel Press and author of numerous books about rivers such as Sweet Thames Runs Softy Gibbings work perfectly completes the mood of the book.
Dr Peter Brough is an enthusiastic naturalist, conservationist and medical practitioner. His broad knowledge of natural history, gained over many years, includes a long experience of field botany both in Britain and Europe.
A. C. Bishop
The authors are researchers in the mineralogy and palaeontology departments of the Natural History Museumin London.
Moira C. Harris
Moira C. Harris is an award-winning editor and author. She was the editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and under her leadership it achieved the largest circulation of any equine publication in the US. Additionally, she has written seven books on horse breeds, horse care and riding, and has been involved with horses for 30 years. She has ridden in various disciplines including Western, endurance and dressage, and currently competes in showjumping.
Dr Christopher Day
Christopher Day is founder of the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre. He is a holistic vet with over 37 years of experience in practice. Christopher specializes in natural therapies including herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture and ultrasound, together with natural nutritional advice. He has written 13 pet care books.
Confetti.co.uk is the UK's leading wedding and special occasion website, helping more than 500,000 brides, grooms and guests every month.
Eoghan Corry is an Irish columnist, travel writer, author of sports history, and founding story-editor of the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park, Dublin. He began his journalistic career as a sportswriter with the Irish Times and Sunday Tribune, where he became sports editor and won several awards, and since 2002 has edited Ireland's biggest circulation travel publication, Travel Extra. He is a regular commentator on travel affairs to national newspapers and Irish radio and television, with his weekly travel broadcasts on the RTE 1 radio programme 'Today with Pat Kenny' reaching an average audience of 279,000 listeners.Location: Straffan, Ireland
Dominic Couzens is a leading nature writer and lecturer in the UK. He has been writing about wildlife for over 20 years and is the author of several successful books including The Pocket Guide to Garden Birds. Dominic has appeared on BBC television and regularly contributes to leading magazines including BBC Wildlife Magazine, Birdwatching and Birds.Location: Dorset, UK.
Caroline Davis is a freelance pet writer and the author of numerous pet-care books, including Cat Basics and Puppy Taming, part of Hamlyn's All Colour Petcare series.Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Dr Douglas Palmer
Dr Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. His books include The Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 series, Earth Time, The Atlas of the Prehistoric World and Prehistoric Past Revealed (MB). He is a contributor to a variety of publications including New Scientist, Science and BBC Wildlife Magazine. He is currently working on Evolution for Mitchell Beazley (2009).
Storm Dunlop is a former President of the British Astronomical Association. He is based in East Wittering, near Chichester, England.
Madonna Gauding has been a student of Buddhism for over 12 years and is a practitioner of martial arts. She is the author of The Meditation Bible, World Mandalas, Six Keys to Buddhist Living and Working with Meditation. Location: St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Diarmuid Gavin owns his own garden design business, designing and creating bespoke gardens for both private and commercial clients. He won 2 Gold medals at the Royal Dublin Society and subsequently exhibited at RHS Chelsea 3 times, winning Silver Gilt in 2004 for his Contemporary Suburban Garden.He has been a regular face on television since the pioneering series Home Front with Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen in the late 1990s; a regular slot with Alan Titchmarsh presenting Chelsea and many hit series in his native Ireland. Most recently he has starred to huge acclaim in Rich, Famous and Unemployed and in 71 Degrees North. Diarmuid has written 6 books on garden design including two with Sir Terence Conran.
Piers Gibbon studied Human Sciences at Oxford University (Social Anthropology, Human Ecology, Demography). His final year thesis on Plant Use in Tribal Societies became the basis for an hour-long documentary on Channel Four - Jungle Trip. This followed him on a journey from Kew Gardens (where there is already a plant with his name on the label) to the Amazon to study the ayahuasca ceremony with mestizo shamans around Iquitos and Pucallpa. He also stayed with the Matses tribe where he was put through an ordeal with frog poison and took part in a blowgun competition. He has given lectures on his experiences in the Amazon to the London School of Economics, Bath University and ethnobotanical conferences in Australia and Belgium. He has also presented a six-part TV series on historical food and written and narrated over two hundred hours of science, natural history and adventure documentaries for broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. He presented a TV documentary, titled 'Headhunters of the Amazon', about the headshrinking traditions of the Shuar people of Ecuador, which was aired on Channel Five in May 2009, and then the National Geographic worldwide. He has been Sony nominated for his radio interview work and is also a regular moderator at conferences worldwide.
Bob Gibbons has been actively involved in the field of natural history for many years. He worked for the Nature Conservancy Council for seven years before becoming a freelance writer and photographer, specializing in wildlife and travel. He has travelled extensively in Europe while studying wild flowers, and now leads wildlife tours to many regions of Europe.
Diana Grenfell is a writer and international lecturer on hostas, daylilies, and other horticultural topics. She was a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and lives in London.
Vicky Halls is an acclaimed Pet Behaviour Counsellor with many years experience of treating behavioural problems in cats both in the UK and abroad. She is also an international bestselling author of several cat behaviour books. In 2008 Vicky was voted as the 'Nation's Favourite Cat Author' by the readers of 'Your Cat' Magazine. The Secret Life of your Cat is Vicky's first fully-illustrated title.Location: Canterbury, Kent.