Hi, Kate on Conservation here. I am a conservationist, and a campaigner for animal rights. I believe passionately in the education of future generations; having worked as Education Editor at National Geographic KiDs UK and Sub Editor at Discovery Education. In 2017, I became the youngest Trustee of Born Free Foundation, where I serve on the board, Marketing and Partnerships Committee and Programmes Committee. I am Head of Communications for the Whitley Fund for Nature, and in 2020, I founded The Wildlife Blogger Crowd community.
I have been a follower and supporter of the charity the Born Free Foundation for most of my life, and in 2008 my passion and interests in conservation came to a head when I traveled to South Africa and spent three months volunteering at Shamwari Game Reserve, which is home to the Julie Ward Born Free Centre.
I have more than 15 years of journalism experience, and a 1st Class degree in English Language & Communications with Journalism and Media Cultures, with a year’s study abroad in Australia (yep, it’s a rather long degree title, but one I am most proud of).
I have worked for National Geographic Kids, Discovery Communications, Channel 4 Learning, Channel 4 Talent, BBC Blast, Archant, Today Magazines and Cubiqdesign over the last few years, and have volunteered as a blogger, social media officer and volunteer co-ordinator for the wonderful conservation VR pioneers vEcotourism. All views experienced on the site are of course my own, and not directly associated with any of my current or previous work places.
Take a look at some of my favourite blog moments! Click each picture to learn more:
Sir David Attenborough and I at the Environment Trust for Richmond’s annual lecture
Virginia Mckenna and I at the launch of Millie Marotta’s Wild SavannahDr Jane Goodall and I at Windsor Castle (Interview in Parts 1 and 2)
Gordon Buchanan and I at the Royal Geographical Society
Chris Packham at the Crush Cruelty protest in support of British wildlife.
Brian May, Kate Silverton, Louis Psihoyos, Bill Oddie – The panel for the Racing Extinction premiereDelivering a whole school assembly on Racing Extinction to 300 pupilsWill Travers and I at the Blood Lions premiereWith Ian Redmond at the Remembering Elephants book launch
Meeting Brain May at the opening of Oxford Street’s Lush store
Judi Dench and I at the International Wildlife Coalition Trust fundraising event for wild dogs
Joining Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch outside 10 Downing Street, where STAE delivered their petition to ban advertisements of elephant-related tourist activities
Bill Oddie at the Angels for the Innocent comedy fundraiser to stop the dog meat trade
Hosting my own art exhibition – A World of Wildlife – to raise funds for Born Free Foundation’s Europe elephant sanctuaryRepresenting National Geographic Kids Magazine at Roots and Shoots with Dr Jane Goodall
Michaela Strachan, Anneka Svenska and I at the Blood Lions premiere
John Rendall (one of Christian the lion’s owners) and I at the Lion Aid Concert
With Pollyanna Pickering at her gallery in Derby
Dominic Dyer, protesting against Taiji Cove slaughter
Supporting wild dogs with Peter Egan at the IWCT fundraiser
Jake Humphrey at the GoGoGorillas auction to raise funds for Born Free FoundationKate Silverton, Leslie Phillips and Virginia McKenna at Wild Night at the moviesCelebrating Born Free Foundation’s 30th anniversary with Pollyanna Pickering and Virginia McKenna
Protesting against lifting the fox hunting ban, 2015, with Brian MayGordon Buchanan delivering an lecture on urban foxes at the Rose Theatre, KingstonJoining the Global March for lions with Anneka Svenska
Meeting fellow blogger Wildlife Kate at the UK Blog Awards 2016. Photo by Maurice Sparrow Photography.
Vivienne Westwood at the press screening of How to Change the World
Celebrating Wetnose Day 2017 with Gary Edwards, author of ‘Tales of an Underdog’
Meeting the infamous Freddie GoGoGorilla
Mik Richardson, Freddie Mercury GoGoGorilla artist, and IWarren Short, Zebra TM Director, their mascot and I