Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 and became fascinated by butterflies when he was a small boy, growing up in Norfolk. Educated at Cambridge University, he became a journalist with The Times and The Guardian, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is now The Guardian's Natural History Writer. In 2009, he decided to complete an unfinished boyhood ambition – find all 59 species of British butterfly in one summer. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was the result. Published in 2010, it was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje prize. He has since produced a butterfly identification DVD and his next book, Badgerlands, about the relationship between humans and badgers, is published by Granta in October. He lives in Norfolk with his partner, Lisa, and their twin girls.