James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Live on air, Mother’s Day and Antarctica

I’ve still got a big grin on my face, from ear to ear. Yesterday the team at BBC Radio Devon invited me live on air to talk about my ambition to follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott.

I was nervous and excited in equal measures, but it really was great fun. Aswell as talking about Scott and the ISCE, I met Boyd a British Masters Champion Weightlifter and two very talented local musicians, Roger and Lara.

Today I’m getting ready to head down to HMS Raleigh at Torpoint to begin the selection event. We’ve been told to expect some very full days, and that we will be very tired – considering the achievements of Captain Scott, it probably wouldn’t be right to put us through anything less.

Today is of course Mother’s Day, and for the third year in a row, I am away. First it was a very special sailing trip, then I got a chance to work on biofuels, and now it’s a shot at the White Continent. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to stumble upon these opportunities, but I’m even more lucky to have a Mum that encourages me to take them. I know that sometimes she would much rather ‘I was wrapped up in cotton-wool’, but she encourages me all the same.

So here’s a big thankyou from all the Sons that are missing Mother’s Day, I’ll try not to come back with any more ideas!