Creative services

Crocodile sign in India reads 'Ramganga River is inhabited by crocodiles. Swimming is prohibited. Survivors will be prosecuted.'Sometimes a few well-chosen words can paint such a vivid picture.

When we saw this sign in India we laughed  – but there was no way we were going to go swimming in the river, even though it was pretty hot there (would you?).

Point most decidedly taken!



We are freelance writers. Between us, we had more than 55 years’ experience of working for the RSPB and wildlife trusts. We can undertake freelance copywriting for interpretation panels, signs, leaflets, web copy and other materials. Some examples of our copywriting projects are shown below.

AHI member logo loSOA_Member_rgbWe are members of the Association of Heritage Interpretation, and Derek is a member of the Society of Authors. We are also RSPB-approved copywriters.

We work together on our writing projects. Our skills and ideas dovetail nicely and so do our writing styles, so customers get the best of us both! Everything one of us works on goes under the critical eye of the other before it leaves us. It’s a matter of pride that anything we send out to our customers will be to their brief, on time and in good shape.

If you think we might be able to undertake something for you, please do email us to discuss, using the contact page above.


BBC Wildlife Magazine

Features and book reviews on an irregular basis. Derek authored the monthly garden wildlife page for approximately two years (discontinued in re-organisation of the magazine, 2014).

These are a couple of examples (the articles were each several pages long).


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BirdLife International

birdlife-ocean-wanderers-factsheetEditing a series of factsheets (2015 and 2016).



Editing web text, and writing / editing articles for World Birdwatch magazine (2015).



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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Preparing, editing and amending copy to customer template, in line with clearly-defined RSPB brand. Reports, booklets, leaflets and display panels, 2013-2015 (images reproduced with kind permission of the RSPB).

Some examples of our work:

Editing technical document (2016). Also provided full-page image of wind turbine for inside page.








RSPB leaflet promoting pin badges as wedding favours.Wedding favour leaflet, 2015, for use in wedding magazines etc






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Leaflet, 2015, promoting RSPB weekly lottery




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Monthly information pieces for RSPB 2016 diary









Arthog Bog interpretation panels_Page_1Arthog Bog RSPB Nature Reserve interpretation sign (from a set of three) 2015











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RSPB youth and families

Preparing, editing and amending copy to customer template, in line with clearly-defined RSPB brand and youth brand.

A few examples of what we have done:

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Wild Challenge pack shot -familyCreating and writing activities for a new family/school award scheme called Wild Challenge; this is the reward pack for families (web-based activities) 2016.





Fungi bingo game for RSPB e-newsletter (2015)





IMG_0002 BWSO A5 cards_FINAL_Page_09Part of a range of materials produced for families visiting RSPB nature reserves (2015)







Part of a pack for Big Wild Sleepout 2015 - we edited the text but we also designed, made and photographed the cakes (then assisted in eating them!)






This article was written for the 8-13 year olds magazine Bird Life. We designed and ran the experiment, photographing the results.

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Small Woods Association

Derek has been the editor of the Small Woods Association members' magazine since Autumn 2016.



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Editing translation (from French to English) for sense and flow, 2015







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Edited EU Life+ report on behalf of the RSPB, 2015.





Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Reproduced with kind permission of BBNPA
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Circular walk around Llangors Lake and Bwlch, 2014: A new set of tourist information and interpretation signs.


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Tourist information signage at Talgarth, Breconshire, 2013

Copywriting for matching visitor signs at the main car park and at the Tourist Information Office.


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Copywriting for a number of information panels in and around the new birdwatching hide at Llangors Lake, 2013.











Powys County Council

Copywriting for a sign for Ystradgynlais Library in 2013, providing visitor information for the town to replace out-dated information.