In late 2011 I spent two months living and working at UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve, nestled on the edge of the Drakensberg Mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Rather than an expedition, at Umphafa I was able to live on the reserve, where they have an ambitious vision to return what was heavily overgrazed farmland to its former beauty, reintroducing and encouraging the return of numerous species along the way.
Explore is the annual Royal Geographical Conference on expedition and fieldwork planning. To put it more accurately, it’s a wonderful old building filled with a collection of ordinary individuals, who do extraordinary things..
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.