Kew has more scientists working behind the scenes than it does horticultural staff, and here's a taster of what they do...
At the opposite end of the spectrum to Blue Planet II, which indulges us all in precisely the guilt-free natural world we love, films like 'Trophy' set out to challenge our views, disagree with us, and make us uncomfortable. I love it.
Fearing we may reach a linguistic impasse, I smiled, gave a big British thumbs up, and signaled that I would follow him. Best decision I ever made.
A huge bugbear among many aspiring conservationists, is that most interesting conservation jobs and roles require experience. To get experience, you often need some previous experience.. and so it goes on and on until, eventually, you get lucky.
I first attended Explore as a green, keen, undergraduate. It was one of the best things I ever did, and I'm very luck now to call some of the regular attendees my friends. This year - the 40th anniversary! - I was chuffed to be asked to give a Friday night lecture.
Of all the adventures that working in conservation has brought my way, premiering a film has to be the one that I least expected. I've never been to a premiere before, I don't know anything about films - in essence, I really have no idea what I'm doing!
I'm an optimist, so I try to make sure when I give talks on conservation, that there is a healthy mix of depressing reality and hope for the future. Unsurprisingly audiences don't really enjoy leaving thoroughly depressed.