Joshua Styles is a 24 year-old ecologist, with a fervour for Botany and all things green.
At the age of 6, he began to grow fruit and vegetables which used to fascinate him for hours on end as a child…After watching an episode of Gardener’s World before the age of 10, Monty Donn was encouraging people to grow wildflowers, and he decided to give it a go.   After seeing the swarms of solitary bees and incredible variety of invertebrate life, Josh decided to root up his vegetables and grow wild plants across the entirety of his garden. Since then, he never looked back, and has since been involved in volunteering for a large number of conservation organisations including Lancashire & Cheshire Wildlife Trusts, the World Wildfowl Trust, RSPB, Natural England and many more, working with Britain’s rare flora.
Following extensive voluntary work in his teens, Josh’s outstanding contribution to conservation and academic excellence was recognised during his stay at Edge Hill University, where he was awarded successive academic achievement awards, an Excellence Scholarship, Chancellor’s Scholarship and the Study Award for highest aggregate mark across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Today, as well as broadcasting his extraordinary love for plants on his own personal YouTube channel, Josh is also Project Coordinator for the North-West Rare Plant Initiative (NWRPI), an innovative and ambitious conservation programme supported by Chester Zoo and Lancashire Wildlife Trust. This project, aiming to reverse the fortunes of 45 plant species on the brink of extinction in NW England, has received a great deal of attention at both local and national scales, with a number of NWRPI reintroduction programmes featured in outlets including BBC News, Sky News, Atlas Obscura and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Josh’s very first documentary from 2018, Brilliant British Botany, an eight-minute-long, self-produced video looking at some of Britain’s own fascinating flora, attracted a lot of interest and even won him the ‘Presenter Award’ of Back from the Brink’s film and photography competition.
Since then, Josh has also featured in the popular Guardian short film Plants before Pandas and has shown appeal to BBC Springwatch, The One Show and BBC Inside Out (northwest), amongst others.
Since graduation in July 2017 from my undergraduate Ecology degree, I have had the great pleasure of speaking at a number of events and conferences including:

– The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) Annual Exhibition Meeting
– The National Forum for Biological Recording conference
– The Snowdonia Society conference
– The A Focus on Nature ‘Now for Nature’ conference at the London Natural History Museum
– The Cofnod conference
– The BIS conference
– The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) conference
– Edge Hill University Career’s Fair as keynote speaker
– Liverpool John Moore’s University Career’s Fair as keynote speaker

– BBC News
– SKY News
– Atlas Obscura
– BBC Wildlife Magazine
– Brilliant British Botany
– BBC Springwatch
– ONE Show
– BBC Inside Out