Emma Turner

March 2020 saw the publication of James’s book (co-authored with Jeremy Greenwood)  on the pioneering bird photographer, Emma Turner. Click here to buy a copy.

Born in 1867, Turner became one of the most respected photographers and ornithologists of her time and in 1911 rediscovered the Bittern as a British breeding bird (at Hicking in Norfolk, with local gamekeeper Jim Vincent). Click here for a feature written about Turner and her fellow Norfolk naturalist, the Reverend M C H Bird, in the Eastern Daily Press and here for an article written by James for Countryfile magazine.

James also appeared in a BBC Radio 4 Nature programme on Emma Turner entitled Emma Turner, a life in the reeds. It was first broadcast on 24 January 2012 – click here for more information and to listen to it.