James Borrell is a writer, speaker and scientist, with a passion for fieldwork and expeditions. He is currently based in London. James runs this website, with the aim of encouraging aspiring conservationists. He blogs about fieldwork, motivation, adventure and getting involved. Here’s a few of the most popular pieces. James also runs a monthly newsletter. You can get in touch with him here.
8th November: Notting Hill and Ealing High School
16-17th November: Explore @ The Royal Geographical Society
19th November: Royal Grammar School Guildford
2nd December: Colchester County High School
3rd December: City of London School for Girls
10th January: Battersea, London
16th January: Intrepid Explorers @ Kings College London
12th June: Hampton School
16th October: Royal Over-seas League, London
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“It was refreshing to have a speaker who talked with such passion”
- City of London Freemen’s
James has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including the Royal Geographical Society, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Royal Over-Seas League; as an alumni at the University of Exeter and in numerous secondary schools across the South of England on behalf of the British Exploring Society.
Talks are tailored to specific events and can cover a variety of topics drawing on experiences from expeditions and research to aspects of motivation and team development, illustrated with photography from around the world. Previous presentations have included:
- Science in the Amazon: An honest, on the ground account of the challenges facing anyone trying to do science whilst living in the rainforest, and why you would want to.
- In search of the Arabian Leopard: Experiences from James’s recent expedition to the Empty Quarter and Dhofar Mountains of Southern Oman.
- Citizen Science: A talk exploring how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.
It was a fascinating insight into such an elusive animal and its precious pockets of habitat, told with professionalism and enthusiasm.
We all found it most interesting and so well presented.
It was fantastic to hear positive conservation messages along with inspiring tales of his travels and research.
I really loved the Peruvian Amazon talk and could have listened for a great deal longer. What an intrepid young man!!
It was refreshing to have a speaker who talked with such passion.
An exceptional leader with a talent for inspiring and engaging young people
Interesting, informative and pitched at exactly the right level for our students.
James' talk brought the experience to life and portrayed what before seemed completely unrealistic for a 16 year old as actually being quite possible.