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James has been immersed in all aspects of natural history since he was able to walk. This eventually persuaded him to ditch a career in the civil service in favour of becoming a full-time (and award winning) wildlife and travel writer, editor, guide and photographer.

James is a frequent contributor to BBC Wildlife and author of several books, notably A Summer of British Wildlife: 100 Great Days Out Watching Wildlife, winner of the Travel Guide Book of the Year at the 2016 Travel Media Awards, and 52 European Wildlife Weekends: a year of short breaks for nature lovers, shortlisted for the same prize in 2018.