Richard Jones is a nationally acclaimed entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and of the Linnean Society of London, and past president of the British Entomological and Natural History Society.
He has been fascinated by wildlife since a childhood exploring the South Downs and Sussex Weald after plants and insects. He now writes about insects, wildlife and the environment for the likes of BBC Wildlife, Gardeners’ World and Countryfile and has regular radio appearances on programmes like Radio 4’s Home Planet and Woman’s Hour.
He is author of several books on insects and wildlife including: Create Ponds, Attract Wildlife and Control Pests (Impact Publishing and Henry Doubleday Research Association, 2004/2005), Nano Nature (Harper Collins, 2008), Beekeeper’s Bible (HarperCollins, 2010), Extreme Insects (HarperCollins, 2010, now in paperback).
In Mosquito one of the award-winning Animal series (Reaktion Books, August 2012) he recounts the sly history of mosquitoes’ relationship with mankind, and their transformation from an annoying, but trivial, gnat into a dark and serious disease-carrying menace that kills 700,000 people a year.
On a lighter note, The Little Book of Nits was published by Bloomsbury in May 2012. Head lice are on the resurgence, but almost everything you think you know, or have been told, about these tiny irritating little blighters, will almost certainly be wrong. And his other blog Nit Heads, is all about the wonderful world of head lice. Scratch. Scratch.
He also writes an award-winning blog on wildlife at www.gardenersworld.com (no head lice there yet, but plenty of other creepy crawlies). Cats get the occasional mention too, much to the distress of some irate gardeners. And don’t mention fox dung.
He lives in South London and haunts Nunhead Cemetery, Sydenham Hill Woods and the Horniman Museum. Here’s an interview in The Independent.