About

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Carol Donaldson is a writer and conservationist. She has worked for many of Britain’s top wildlife charities and currently runs her own environmental consultancy, Carol J Donaldson Associates undertaking wildlife surveys, river restoration, flood management and people engagement.

As a writer she has written for Wanderlust, TNT, BBC Wildlife Magazine and The Telegraph about travel, wildlife and quirky British customs. She has written two novels (unpublished, possibly for the best) one travel book – Arctic Life – strangely enough about living in the Arctic and one short travelogue – A Merry Perambulation- following in the footsteps of the 17th century painter William Hogarth who was a jolly decent chap and liked a tipple or three. She was BBC Wildlife Magazine travel writer of the year in 2011

Her Book, On the Marshes is  based on her experience of living in a caravan on the North Kent Marshes. She spent 2014 walking across the marshes and meeting other people who have chosen to live in unconventional ways. It will be published by Little Toller in 2017.

She is currently working on her 2nd book, set in the Kent, which follows the journey of a young man who leaves home to live in the woods and cure himself of his mental health problems.

When not writing she enjoys exploring Kent by bicycle and canoe and dancing the Argentine Tango.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Carol – Paivi gave me your name. 🙂 I’d be interested in seeing if our paths are likely to cross. I am embarking on a 3 week walk around Swale and Medway – my first ever long walk and I suspect I am underprepared but am clinging onto the adventurous aspect of things – I will learn, but for now like the not knowing newness feel to my walking. It would be great to be in touch if you think it would suit you, too. My walking project website is http://www.walkswalemedway.co.uk

    Best regards

    Hope

    • Hi Hope, I’ve just finished the first leg of my walk and my next trip will be by boat to Darnet Island. My next walk will be from my home in Rainham along the Medway to either Lower Halstow of maybe Elmley Marshes, but I’m not planning to do this until August as I have to arrange interviews and stays with people along the way. Your project sounds great and I’d like to be involved but my time is a bit limited at the moment. Maybe we could arrange a short walk one evening, maybe at Northward Hill Reserve where I used to live. I’ll send you my e-mail on your website so we can arrange things.
      Best of luck with your project
      Carol

    • Hi Anna,

      I haven’t seen this film but I will try to track it down. Do you tango? I am not very good but love the chance to put on some heels and do something glamourous

      • hi, I don’t tango but that film is a masterpiece in the story of filmmaking, very well done. among Sally Potter films is the easiest one to find. let me know if you like it. I hope you do but it’s quite particular and has its own different pace and symbology. Cheers have a good day

  2. Hello ,

    Marcel Andre Van-Beest was my grandfather . There are errors in your article , firstly his father was Dutch not English, His Mother was Belgian.
    Marcel was evicted then had to live in a warden secured block for elderly people where he died of a heart attack .

    • Hi Heidi,

      Lovely to hear from someone related to Andre. Sorry if I’ve made mistakes in the article. I found out my information from a family who spent a lot of time with him in the last few years of his life but they did admit that they might be a bit sketchy on the details. I believe he wrote a short book about his life with this family, which I’m hoping to get hold of a copy of soon. Everyone I’ve spoken to tells me he was a lovely man and he sounds a very strong and independent character. I would love to hear more about him. My e-mail is countrysideconsultations@hotamil.com if you would like to get in touch and tell me more.

  3. Your email doesn’t work .
    Hello

    Lovely to hear from you .
    Marcel died not knowing much about his family but this was an age before computers could provide more information .

    Marcel father is Dutch and his mother is Belgian, he was born in Belgium and dumped in a Dr Barnardo orphanage by his father when his mother died . He was split up from his siblings and never knew anything about his life .
    He had it harder due to a Cleft palate as well .

    My mother has his book , though it’s not very informative !

    Anything I can help with do let me know .

    Kind Regards,

    Heidi

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