In a small corner of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in North-Eastern Peru, I spent the summer working with local scientists to increase our understanding and help manage the forest. I and the other members of our team were welcomed with unparalleled kindness. Men who had once stalked these forests as poachers, now worked as field guides. The march of deforestation and oil exploration continues, but is fought at every turn.
For some reason, whenever I land back at London Heathrow it’s always raining. Four days before I’d been trekking through dense rainforest, leaving behind me a science camp that had been home for the past month..
With a laden rucksack and my mind buzzing with anticipation, I head off to London Heathrow. Before I know it (after three flights, two boats and a hefty walk) I’ll be immersed in the Amazon rainforest..
Amazon… a single word can encompass so much that it’s difficult to know where to begin. The greatest river, the largest rainforest, home to 10% of all known species; but statistics and facts probably don’t do it justice..
James is a scientist, writer and speaker with a passion for adventurous conservation fieldwork and expeditions. He’s been involved with a range of projects over four continents. From critically endangered big cats in the remote Dhofar mountains to biodiversity surveys in the Amazon and forest genetics in the high Arctic.
In the UK, James is a passionate advocate for citizen science and regularly speaks in schools and NGOs to inspire and engage young people.