News, feature and travel writing
James can get to the heart of any wildlife conservation or environmental news story. He specialises in tackling difficult, often highly political issues such as badger culling, the management of grouse moors or the illegal wildlife trade.
He’s an experienced and skilful interviewer – part of an interview James did with David Attenborough in 2005 (where Sir David identified George Bush as his “environmental villain”) is still quoted on the broadcaster’s Wikipedia page. One of his most enjoyable jobs was to interview anti-badger culling campaigner Brian May in the back room of the George Hotel in Newent while the Queen guitarist tucked into fried camembert and salad. You can hear a podcast of that interview here.
James has also got great contacts within most of the major UK wildlife conservation groups such as the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and WWF-UK, and he’s a regular irritant of the press office of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
In short, James will always deliver incisive, well-written copy with great quotes, to brief and on deadline.
Zoologist, conservationist, writer, photographer and wildlife guide
Commissioning and editing
James doesn’t just have a sharp eye for misplaced commas, he’ll knock half-baked copy into shape or produce you a publication from scratch. He edited numerous travel supplements for BBC Wildlife, as well as a stand-alone magazine for children called The Big Book of Mammals.
In his time at BBC Wildlife, he commissioned regular columns from former Springwatch presenter Bill Oddie and zoologist and conservationist Mark Carwardine. And he’s also worked with other celebrity wildlife personalities such as the Urban Birder David Lindo and TV presenters such as Chris Packham, Nick Baker and Kate Humble.
The Big Book of Mammals
Edited by James Fair
James has done a number of copywriting commissions, most recently for a set of advertorials on Tasmania published in BBC Wildlife (available to download here). James and the team at the magazine worked closely with the client, Tourism Tasmania, to develop a series of features that ran in consecutive issues over six months, each one focusing on a different region of the island state. The idea was to highlight the best wildlife experiences throughout Tasmania and some of the amazing people who help bring them to life.
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