Matt is an avid birder, all-round naturalist and writer originally from Hampshire, now based in West Sussex. Often found outdoors, Matt’s fascination with the natural world began with childhood explorations of local woodlands and heathlands. Much of his wildlife knowledge is self-taught, although he also studied countryside management at agricultural college. Since then, he has spent the bulk of his working life nurturing landscapes for the benefit of wildlife, combined with carrying out ecological surveys and various other nature-related activities, such as leading guided walks and talks.
When not at Knepp, among other things he writes regular articles for various publications and reviews bird records both for eBird and as a member the Sussex Ornithological Society Records Committee.