Roger Key

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Roger Key is an independent environmental/educational consultant in North Yorkshire with a PhD in conservation ecology from the University of Hull. Until 2008 he had worked as a conservation scientist for over 25 years for the UK’s Nature Conservancy Council, English Nature & Natural England, taking the lead on conservation of invertebrates and their habitats and then on environmental education. In both roles he’s undertaken lecturing and the provision invertebrate conservation training for a wide range of universities and environmental organizations which he continues to do after retirement and remains an external lecturer for the University of Leeds.

However, he’s probably best known for his former BBC TV and radio work with invertebrates, (presenting on Countryfile, the Countryside Hour, the Really Wild Show &c.), for his invertebrate photographs, published by over 300 organizations in 19 countries and, with his wife Rosy, doing huge numbers of children's bug-related outdoor events.

Together, they’ve also been involved on invertebrate research expeditions to Krakatau, Borneo, South Georgia and St Helena and both have a long research interest on the endemic species on the tiny island of Lundy off the UK’s SW coast.

He’s received an Honorary Fellowship and the Marsh Award for Invertebrate Conservation from the Royal Entomological Society, mainly for his educational and environmental work with children and young adults.

He is currently working on books on the Invertebrate Fauna of St Helena and Working with Children and Invertebrates.


The Old Black Bull, Carthorpe, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LD, United Kingdom


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Relevant Island Knowledge:
St Helena; South Georgia

Coleoptera + general invertebrates

Geographic Location:
Bedale, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom