Amanda Scott – blogger, columnist, writer, nature-LOVER, keen AMATEUR photographer
Cornwall has been my home since 2012. I’m told (affectionately, I hope!) that I’m a ‘DFL’, or ‘Down-from-London’, but that’s OK because I’m here to stay and love my adopted county. I first came to live in Cornwall temporarily when I moved down to study conservation and biodiversity at the University of Exeter‘s campus near Falmouth in 2010, and fell in love with the beauty and tranquillity I found here, as well as with the wonderful Cornish people, who are friendly, welcoming and resourceful…so I left the stressful job behind and made the move permanent.
Now I spend my time writing about the wonderful nature and wildlife of Cornwall. It’s going well. Among other things, I’m proud to have been a weekly columnist for the West Morning News on Sunday (until it sadly ceased publication recently) – some of my recent columns are online here. I write for ‘Linking the Lizard’ (http://www.the-lizard.org), a partnership of conservation bodies working on my favourite place in Cornwall – the wonderful Lizard peninsula. I’m dabbling in fiction as well, just to see what happens, and have done the occasional guest blog. In between all that, I do some proofreading (being a grammar pedant, that quite suits me) and transcription.
There is nothing I love more than being out and about exploring nature, especially anything to do with plants and butterflies, though I’ve recently started to get enthusiastic about birds as well. I’ll grab a notebook and pen and just sit in a quiet, beautiful spot and write about what’s in front of me. It’s all very mindful.
I recently retired from being Branch Secretary for Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, but am still very involved in supporting this great bunch of folk and the work they do. I’m also a member of various organisations, including the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, National Trust, RSPB, Woodland Trust and RHS.
And a few random facts:
Favourite place in Cornwall: Predannack Wollas, on the west coast of the Lizard – sea, birds and flowers, and a quality of light that is stunning even by Cornish standards…
Favourite place visited outside the UK: Hudson Bay and Churchill, Canada (in February – cold but beautiful!)
Favourite film: Harvey, or maybe Field of Dreams, or any of Lord of the Rings…
Favourite book: Titus Groan trilogy, by Mervyn Peake
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org