Adrian & the team.
- Adrian Boots
- Renee Binyon
- Dave Parke
- Will Hawkesby
Adrian is a landscape ecologist, researcher, tutor and adviser with a passionate interest in wild food, nature conservation and the history of the landscape. With a degree in Geography & Environmental Management and a Masters in Research, he was previously a university lecturer & researcher in conservation & biogeography.
Adrian has studied with some of the world's greatest experts - he's been to the Arctic with Ray Mears, done bush craft with Mors Kochanski, wild food with John Wright of River Cottage, survival with Lars Falt who taught the Swedish Military, and studied landscape ecology with the great Oliver Rackham.
He has also worked for Natural England and the Countryside & Higher-Level Stewardship Schemes, helping landowners gain environmental benefit from their land. He has designed nature trails for several local schools and charities.
Adrian has published academic papers at the International Association of Landscape Ecology and British Ecological Society, and British Geographical Society, and writes a regular monthly article for vibrant regional magazine, The Mendip Times. His first book, 8 Wild Walks, was commissioned by the Mendip Hills AONB. He is a member of the Forager’s Association and an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
In addition to group events and activities, Adrian runs seasonal wild food forays, teaches wild food cookery, runs professional development courses, and continues to research and write.
Adrian has worked with the late, great Sir Terry Wogan on the BBC2 program ‘Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip’ in the City of Wells where he cooked Mendip Wallfish aka snails to you and I, a traditional Mendip recipe. He re-created the dish for the 2016 Food Magazine Awards event at Yeo Valley Organic HQ. He is currently preparing for a feature on Countryfile.
Adrian is passionate about wild food and using the fruits of the ‘quiet hunt’ to create delicious dishes. Rather than just teaching a list of wild foods, he enjoys helping people understand the connections between habitat and species so that they develop a more holistic understanding of wild food within the context of the landscape, and our fundamental relationship with food and the natural world.
Adrian is a popular and engaging speaker – please get in touch if you would like to check his availability for your event.
Renée started out in management training & development, working with a wide range of clients, and served as Branch Secretary for the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Following an MBA in International Business, Renée worked as a management consultant/project director at the dawn of the internet age with organisations such as Microsoft, Intel, BT, and so on, combining her interest in technology and business with a deep knowledge of how people grow, learn and change. She designed the standards that became the entry requirement for the National E-commerce awards, was a popular speaker and writer on the future of work and has been featured in most of the leading business magazines.
She is a current mentor on the industry leading Fast Forward 15 programme.
Nowadays, she does our marketing and works with our suppliers as well as developing new activities for our groups. If she's not in the office, she's probably baking bread, making chilli jam or growing food in the garden...
Dave Parke - MTB, Orienteering, Bushcraft
Dave Parke (Dangerous Dave) is our Lead Mountain Biking instructor, he also leads orienteering and bushcraft activities. Dave offers a confident lead on the more challenging trails the Mendips have to offer, as well as encouraging and coaching less experienced bikers to have fun & build their skills. He has a very approachable style and really motivates groups.
Will Hawkesby - Bushcraft, Archery, Bush Tucker
Will (Bear Wills) brings a great sense of humour and fun to events, as well as a very professional attitude. He has a great personality, and specialises in bush tucker trials where he is extremely imaginitive and creative!