Hello, thanks for visiting. I’m Nic Wilson – a writer based in North Hertfordshire. 

I’ve been a bookworm and wildlife enthusiast since childhood – much of which I spent up an old Scots Pine in the garden reading adventure and fantasy stories. After an MA in English (focusing on narrative and the scientific zeitgeist) and 12 years working as a teacher in Durham and Cambridge, I retrained in horticulture and garden design. 

I volunteer for the Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, and also curate the UK Peat Free Nurseries List. I enjoy writing about all aspects of nature, gardening, conservation and the environment.

I’m a Guardian Country Diarist and a freelance writer for national magazines including BBC Wildlife, Gardeners’ World and the RHS The Garden. I’m a member of the Society of Authors and the Garden Media Guild. I’m currently writing a book exploring ways we can engage with the wild in everyday landscapes.


I love cooking with food from the garden, allotment and hedgerows. I’ve been foraging for ingredients since I was a child and have wonderful memories of scouring the Welsh lanes and mountains for hazelnuts, blackberries and bilberries. I was diagnosed with coeliac disease nearly a decade ago and now run a gluten free kitchen, so growing my own food plays a key role in making tasty meals for the family.

If you’d like to get in touch, click here or drop me an email at dogwooddays@yahoo.com