UK amphibian and reptile conservation charity, Froglife, are delighted to announce that Jules Howard will be joining TV presenter Mike Dilger as their new Patron.
Jules is a zoologist, international non-fiction author and regular writer for The Guardian and BBC Wildlife Magazine. A former Froglifer, Jules has a genuine soft spot for frogs, toads and snakes and has fond memories of his years on Froglife’s enquiry line, particularly during spring-time.
“For me, amphibians and reptiles are mysterious, weird and not altogether… normal. This is why I love them. And they’re also so accessible. Anyone, regardless of their demographic in life, can be engaged by frogs. Through them, anyone can be sparked off into a lasting interest in science and nature. This was certainly the case for me.”
As well as writing and presenting, Jules is also a UK Science Ambassador. In the last five years, Jules has worked with 100,000 pupils, encouraging careers in science including palaeontology, zoology and wildlife conservation. Jules also presents at (and hosts for) a number of science festivals, including Edinburgh International Science Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, TEDx and IDEAcity Toronto.
“Froglife’s strength is in its unique perspective. Wildlife conservation is mostly about saving wild places. But we, I guess, need saving a bit too. Our lives can be made better through nature. Froglife gets that. Being a Patron, having worked at Froglife, is a real honour and a privilege. I’m delighted to be involved.”
Froglife takes a holistic approach to nature conservation which enables them to take individuals on a wildlife journey, whilst also delivering amazing results for amphibian and reptile species. In the last two years Froglife has created or restored 270 wildlife sites, with help from 1,891 volunteers and benefitting 12,543 people.
Froglife’s CEO Kathy Wormald said “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Jules as our new Patron alongside Mike Dilger. As a former employee Jules knows the organisation from the inside out and has shown a long-term commitment to our organisation and the species we work to protect. We are delighted to honour him in this way and know that he will act as a fantastic ambassador for Froglife”.