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Bernard founded NHBS in 1985, and continues to lead the company as the non-executive Chairman, majority shareholder, and Publisher of British Wildlife and Conservation Land Management. Bernard says:
"When I started NHBS, back in the mists of time, my goal was straightforward, if challenging: to create a mailorder bookshop (no internet then...) that offered the most comprehensive selection of wildlife, ecology, conservation and environmental books that was possible. The first business plan also included the idea of selling wildlife equipment alongside books (but I knew that was a dream for the future!).
Fast forward to now, and we have come a long way on both fronts – and we also have two other business activities that never crossed my youthful mind: publishing wildlife and conservation magazines, and manufacturing some wildlife equipment ourselves.
My own journey through the years has deepened and broadened my understanding, commitment and passion for the natural world. I have learned so much – from the books that pass through NHBS, from discussions with the amazingly talented staff that we have, from countless conversations and exchanges with our customers, and from the research and advisory work that I do within Mercer Environment Associates, http://mercerenvironment.net/.
All of this has honed and sharpened my sense of purpose and mission. We know that NHBS is one of the few businesses in the world that seeks to support those who love, conserve and restore wildlife – by supplying field guides, butterfly nets, handbooks, bat detectors, wildlife art books, eDNA kits, polemical blasts on the state of nature, articles on land conservation practices …. and the rest.
I intend to play my part in keeping NHBS going, and developing our service still further – there is always more to do! If you would like to share any thoughts and suggestions with me, I’d be glad to hear from you, firstname.lastname@example.org."
Anneli joined NHBS in 2005 as cataloguer, having previously managed small special libraries in Germany and on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She served as Operations Manager for NHBS from 2009 to 2013. Anneli has overall responsibility for books, the magazines British Wildlife and Conservation Land Management, HR and Accounts.
Anneli's twin passions are reading and travelling. In her spare time, she walks the Southwest Coast Path around the coasts of Devon and Cornwall.
Before working for NHBS, Steve spent many years studying the evolutionary and thermal ecology of aphids at the University of Reading and the University of Birmingham. After leaving Birmingham to set up home in the South West, Steve retrained working for a time with the RSPB and then on the Sharpham Estate, Totnes.
Steve joined NHBS in 2011 when NHBS acquired Alana Ecology; he now manages the equipment and marketing departments.
In 2005 John moved from Sweden to the UK. Before joining NHBS in November 2005 John worked as a software developer for Ericsson AB designing software for mobile radio networks.
John has worked as the NHBS lead developer for several years and been driving system improvements since joining NHBS.
He is now heading the IT department and has the overall responsibility for all hardware and software systems at NHBS.
In his spare time John likes to practice kettlebell training, play football, develop his smart home and stay up to date with everything I.T.
Natalie spent many years working as a bookseller with a passion for Natural History and Children's books, before graduating with a degree in Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare) in 2013 - which included an Honours project studying African Hunting Dogs in conjunction with ZSL London Zoo.
She is currently learning Norwegian (Jeg elsker Norge) and loves nothing more than paddling down the river Exe in her canoe or weekends spent baking.
Jhal has been with NHBS since 1998. He is the key point of contact for over 4,000 book publishers we work with from around the world. He is also the main point of contact for our Distribution+ service.
Prior to his current role, Jhal managed the Customer Service Department and, in his early years at NHBS, worked in the Cataloguing Department.
Following a brief career in finance Steve returned to university to study for a degree in Integrated Wildlife Conservation at the University of the West of England. Focussing on ecology and animal behaviour, including a dissertation on the effects of UV on the behaviour of purple jewel beetles.
After graduating with a first Steve began work with NHBS as a wildlife equipment specialist in 2014.
As a keen photographer Steve spends most of his weekends exploring his new surroundings on Dartmoor. Away from the world of natural history Steve is a keen tennis player and snowboarder.
Before working for NHBS, Luanne studied Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool. During this time she spent a year at the Port Erin Marine Laboratory on the Isle of Man conducting research into the impact of predation on the Manx scallop fisheries. This was followed by an MSc in Ecology at the University of Bangor and a PhD in Aquatic Toxicology at the University of Exeter.
She joined NHBS in 2012 as Wildlife Equipment Specialist. In 2017 she briefly worked as Wildlife Equipment Manager before relocating from Devon to North Wales, where she now works remotely as Senior Editor.
In her spare time, Luanne enjoys exploring the mountains, cooking (and eating!) and getting lost in a good book.
Leon has been with NHBS since 2011. He studied at Leiden University, the Netherlands, from 1999 to 2004 where he worked in turn on the influence of butterfly wing patterns on lizard predation, the molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death in rice cells, and factors affecting lion distribution, for which he spent six months in Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.
After obtaining his Master's degree he moved to Finland, where he did a PhD at the University of Helsinki. Here he studied the effects of eutrophication on the mating tactics of threespine sticklebacks. For this he spent three summers at Tvärminne Zoological Station at the southern coast of Finland for fieldwork, and countless hours in the laboratory back in Helsinki determining paternity of offspring. During the last few years he became increasingly interested in the communication of scientific knowledge, and after completing this project in 2010 Leon decided to shift his career and joined NHBS.
In his current position as catalogue editor he keeps abreast of developments in natural history publishing and is constantly on the lookout for new and interesting titles to add to the range at NHBS. He is the key contact point for authors and publishers wishing to have their publications listed on the NHBS website.
Oli joined NHBS in the Autumn of 2015, working in both Customer Service and Accounts departments and then moving in to a newly formed Graphic Design position in 2016. Prior to this, Oli studied graphic design and then a photography degree in Falmouth and keeps both of these passions close. He is a keen walker, a music loving drum hitter, an all round nature fan and a volunteer bird ringer with the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology).
Guy started working at NHBS in June 2017, and holds the position of Editor for the magazines British Wildlife and Conservation Land Management. Prior to this, he studied conservation biology and ecology at the University of Exeter's Cornwall campus, spending a year at the University of Queensland as part of the course. After finishing his degree, he moved to Exeter's Streatham campus to complete a PhD which examined the effects of peatland restoration on grazing in Exmoor National Park.
Guy's main passion is natural history, with particular interest in marine life and invertebrates.
I joined NHBS in 2016 following my graduation from the University of Exeter with an MSc in Applied Ecology. Previously to this I studied for a BSc in Environmental Science at Plymouth University - both degrees saw me travelling round the world for scientific research and volunteering and both my theses had a focus on avian ecology. I have a passion for science, conservation, travel and literature and so my responsibilities at NHBS extend to handling our book sales to key trade customers and being involved in the Gratis Book Scheme.
I also have a keen interest in meteorological phenomena and am a proud member of the Cloud Appreciation Society!
After studying for her degree in Graphics at the University of Wales, Elle then spent two years working and travelling in Australasia and Asia. She started working at NHBS with a role in Customer Services and then moved to the Marketing Department where she became Marketing Co-ordinator in 2017.
Away from NHBS, Elle enjoys weekends away in her campervan, practising Yoga and paddling up the Dart in her Canadian canoe.
Anne joined NHBS as our Administrator in April 2017 and is now our HR Assistant. She has experience in a wide variety of office procedures having previously worked in positions of Customer Service, Human Resources and as a Personal Assistant.
Away from work Anne enjoys wildlife, woodland walks and travelling. She is a regular volunteer at a local animal shelter and is also a volunteer Conversation Partner where she assists stroke sufferers in the community with speech difficulties.
Hannah has lived in some stunning places which have influenced her career progression, starting with her BSc in Animal Conservation Science at the University of Cumbria where she had the Lake District as the backdrop to her early University life. She followed this with research into the feeding ecology of bottlenose dolphins in Western Australia - it wasn't always glamorous work but at times she was required to swim with wild dolphins!
Hannah then undertook a Master's in Ecology followed by a PhD at the University College of Southeast Norway. Both her masters and PhD have focused on the scent marking behaviours of Eurasian beaver and Yellow-bellied marmot. The field research for this work required her to use and adapt a range of wildlife equipment for use on land and in aquatic situations. During this period Hannah studied in both Norway and the Rocky Mountains, Colorado! Having such beautiful locations for an "office" and being able to walk in the mountains, especially to watch the sunrise was magical and inspiring.
Hannah joined the Wildlife Equipment Team at NHBS in 2016 when her PhD funds ran low - she has to admit that the opportunity of being able to work and live in the beautiful County of Devon added to the appeal! She now spends her free time writing papers to finalise her PhD, exploring Dartmoor and paddle boarding around the Devon coast.
Luke joined NHBS in the summer of 2016 in the IT department as a Web Developer and general IT support. Before this, he studied Computer Science in Plymouth.
He can usually be found programming something, whether it is the back end systems of the website at work or one of many in progress hobby game projects at home. Despite this technical background, Luke has a lot of love for nature and is particularly fond of anything that lives in, on or around water.
Nigel has worked in bookselling since 1997. Before then he was a natural history illustrator with a London agency and before that a pub sign painter in Manchester.
Nigel's bookselling career saw him rise from a shop-floor unpacker to non-fiction buyer, responsible for 240 stores of a nationwide chain of bookshops. Nigel brings a wealth of experience from the book trade and liaises with cataloguing, purchasing and marketing to strengthen the book offer at NHBS. He is also the point of contact for all librarians and libraries.
Marie has been with NHBS since November 1991 and is currently our Warehouse Administrator.
Marie oversees the day to day running of our Goods-In Department and the Warehouse. Prior to becoming our Warehouse Administrator, Marie worked in our Purchasing, Accounts and Dispatch Departments.
In her spare time, Marie likes to kick back with a good movie and also enjoys going to music gigs with her friends.
Kynan joined NHBS when we assimilated EFE and GB nets under the NHBS name in 2016. Welding and fabrication have been in his blood since childhood when many hours were spent in the shed with his grandad modifying tools and making things for a wide range of projects. Growing up in Devon meant a lot of time spent on the beach scouring rockpools for mini beasts and roaming Dartmoor with his parents learning all about the natural world.
His time is now spent manufacturing the frames and equipment in our on site workshop. Outside of work, his interests in the ocean and wildlife mean a lot of spare time spent outdoors, be it surfing or out on a mountain bike falling downhill barely in control. If he isn't out and about exploring, you're guaranteed to find him under his classic VW modifying it into one of the UK's quickest buses.