Growing up surrounded by nature and a host of weird and wonderful animals, Jess has developed a great affinity for the natural world. As a child, Jess spent much of her childhood outside, muddying her clothes by scrabbling under stones looking for minibeasts. Jess is fearless and knowledgeable in the world of invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles as a result of her Dad’s exotic insect breeding business. Her love of animals is reflected in her passion for protecting the world that they live in.
During her first degree, Jess founded a programme in which university students taught workshops to primary school children about local and global environmental issues. For this work she was awarded the Jane Goodall Global Youth Leadership award in 2010.
Jess is a qualified vet, currently working in a small animal practice in Norfolk. She also works as a presenter for CBeebies, a children's author and a teacher for school groups interested in animals and the natural world.
When not studying, teaching, writing or looking for bugs, Jess enjoys adventure sports and travel, learning new languages and playing the saxophone and drums. Jess is fluent in (South American) Spanish and can communicate in British Sign Language.
Minibeasts is Jess's new book with masses of mindblowing minibeast facts!