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I have had a lifelong interest in insects, particularly beetles, and as a child kept stick insects, locusts and several species of tropical cockroach in my bedroom
I joined the RHS in 1998, following brief stints at MAFF (now DEFRA) and Imperial College Libraries. I have had a lifelong interest in insects, particularly beetles, and as a child kept stick insects, locusts and several species of tropical cockroach in my bedroom. I enjoy carrying out research and providing advice on a wide range of animal matters to gardeners from plants pests, to garden wildlife and recording the biodiversity at RHS gardens.
In 1995 I gained a BScH in Entomology from Imperial College, the last year that an Entomology undergraduate degree was awarded in the UK. The following year I graduated with a MSc in Pest Management (Applied Entomology) again from Imperial College. As part of the work for the RHS I returned to Imperial College in 2004, completing a PhD in 2008 on the Impact, Host Range and Chemical Ecology of the Lily Beetle, Lilioceris lilii. In my spare time I can sometimes be found mountain biking on the North Downs.
Green walls - are they any good for wildlife?
Checking out the invaders in your backyard
Green walls are good for our environment but their wildlife value is unknown. An RHS project is
Decades of RHS research charting the spread of non-native insects is now available on YouTube:
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