Mark Cocker is an author, naturalist and environmental teacher who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. His eleven books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. The latest are Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet (2014) and Birds and People (Jonathan Cape), which was published to international acclaim in 2013 and was a collaboration with the photographer David Tipling. His previous book Crow Country was shortlisted for several awards, including the Samuel Johnson Prize (2008), and won the New Angle Prize for Literature (2009). A new book Our Place is due for publication in 2018 (Cape) and is an exploration of what has happened to the British countryside in the last century. For 35 years his home has been in Norfolk, where much of his free time is devoted to the restoration of a small wooded fen called Blackwater and all its thousands of wild inhabitants.
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