Laurie is an ecologist and writer, and has been contributing to BBC Wildlife since 2018. As a child, her love of nature quickly spilled out of the garden and into the meadows and mudflats of her Hampshire stomping ground. Laurie's career in nature conservation has included work on wild pollinators, woodlands and dormice, along with research stints on butterflies in Transylvania, and birds in South Africa. She also works as a wildlife guide, both in Britain and further afield. Laurie has a particular fascination with animal behaviour and tropical ecology: she left her heart in the Amazon, and is hoping to return for it before too long.