Nicola Chester has been writing professionally for more than 17 years.
Her memoir, On Gallows Down. Place, Protest and Belonging, (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2021) has been shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Award.
Nicola is the RSPB‘s first and longest-running female columnist in Nature’s Home Magazine, a Guardian Country Diarist and writes a fortnightly column for the Award Winning Newbury Weekly News, exploring her local wildlife and our relationship with it. She is the author of RSPB Spotlight: Otters. Published by Bloomsbury, the book was one of the first in an exciting, new series on iconic British Wildlife. Nicola’s writing also features in all four Seasons books, published by Elliott and Thompson for The Wildlife Trusts and edited by Melissa Harrison. She is one of the authors in Red Sixty-Seven, a collaboration of illustrated ‘love letters’ to the birds we are in danger of losing (BTO) and is also one of the authors in the historic anthology, edited by Katharine Norbury, Women On Nature. Her writing has appeared in other publications such as The Telegraph, Countryfile Magazine and Berkshire Life.