I absolutely loved making this six-part series exploring how boats have shaped our lives across Britain. It was a journey across the country and into the history of punts, coracles, narrow boats, sailing boats, rowing eights and the Thames sailing barge. I got to grips with these pieces of living history, and met the passionate people keeping the traditions alive.
Recommended by The Sunday Times, Trail Magazine, The Countryman, Countryfile Magazine, Geographical magazine, Tony Robinson, Steve Backshall, Tom Holland (selected as New Statesman Book of the Year) and Professor Francis Pryor
I specialise in presenting anthropology, archaeology, social history and outdoor adventure.
Life After: Chernobyl, Animal Planet
A Dirty Secret, BBC Radio 4
Ancient Impossible, H2: History Channel 2
Unreported World, Channel 4
Raised Wild/Feral Children, Discovery Networks
The Truth Behind: King Arthur, Nat Geo
Time Team, Channel 4
Silbury Hill: Heart of the Hill, BBC4
My new book, Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape is a guide to puzzling out some of the features you might spot in
the landscape around you - what are those lumps and bumps in that field?
Is this an ancient burial mound? How old is that church? Is this a
medieval woodland? For countryside wanderers and armchair wonderers, I hope it'll feed your curiousity as a landscape detective!
I'm a presenter for BBC radio's anthropology series, The Why Factor, the Guardian's Archaeology & Anthropology network, and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent, Sky News, BBC News and HuffPost. I also report for ITN Industry News on themes as diverse as public health, technology, finance and criminal justice.
I write for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, write a monthly column for Trail Magazine, and regularly contribute to adventure and outdoors magazines including BBC Magazine, Geographical, Summit and Countryfile Magazine.
Check out my: Telegraph outdoor travel guides
My first book, Britain's Secret Treasures, was written in conjunction with the British Museum and ITV. It reveals
the incredible stories behind 80 archaeological artefacts discovered by members
of the British public. Buy your copy of Britain's Secret Treasures here.
I'm proud to be...
a 'Loo-minary' for Toilet Twinning - twin your loo with a long-drop somewhere in the world
a Hill Walking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council - the mountains are for all
I believe anthropology (the study of people, biologically and socially) can help to challenge the most basic preconceptions we have about ourselves and our own society, shedding new light on what it means to be human, and why we do what we do. Anthropology in your own 'backyard' can be as eye-opening as research further afield!