Botanist growing a career on TV!

Botanist growing a career on TV!

by Tom Martin (June 2020)

SINCE graduating from Edge Hill University, ecology student Joshua Styles has grown a career as a top botanist and conservationist and is now makes regular appearances on major TV shows.

Joshua completed a three-year BSC in Ecology after discovering a passion for plant conservation when volunteering for Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Martin Mere.

Joshua said: “I have always had a strong connection with the natural world from an early age. In my teens, I became a local wildlife site surveyor for the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) and volunteered with Cheshire Rangers, both of which taught me a lot about conservation and the environment.”

During his time at Edge Hill, Joshua created a biodiversity action plan for the campus to identify key habitats and species.

The plan was given to grounds maintenance staff in Facilities Management to help them manage green spaces in a way that would be beneficial for local wildlife.

Joshua’s pioneering work even led to the discovery of a rare Dune Helleborine orchid on campus, one of only 100 locations in the UK where the plant has been recorded.

Joshua, who lives in Sandbach, in Cheshire, added: “Things really clicked into place for me when I studied my degree at Edge Hill. I learnt so much about ecology from my amazing tutors and made lots of contacts in the sector.

“Since graduating I’ve gained three jobs that I love and have been able to share my love for the natural world by appearing on TV.”

Recently Joshua has ventured into the world of entertainment and is now running his own YouTube channel in addition to appearing on well-known shows such as BBC Springwatch, the ONE Show, BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 news and Atlas Obscura.

Aside from his TV work, Joshua is balancing three jobs and has founded the hugely successful North-West Rare Plant Initiative (NWRPI), a group which aims to protect rare plants in the region.

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