Tim Dee was born in Liverpool in 1961. He grew up there, in Cheshire, South London and Bristol. He studied at Cambridge and Budapest universities. His first work was researching the threatened birds of Africa and the endemic birds of Madagascar. His first book was about the latter. Later he worked for Save the Children and then, for three decades, as a BBC radio producer. He now lives in three places: Bristol, the Cambridgeshire Fens and Cape Town. He has two grown-ups sons and a new baby boy. The Running Sky, a memoir of his birdwatching life, was published in 2009. Four Fields appeared in 2013 and Landfill in 2018. He is also the editor of Ground Work (2018), a collection of new writing about place, and the co-editor (with Simon Armitage) of The Poetry of Birds (2009). Greenery: Journeys in Springtime will be published in 2020.

Claire Spottiswoode