Mike Bagshaw

Mike Bagshaw

About this author

Mike Bagshaw is a Lancastrian by birth and a zoologist by training. After four years as a student in Sheffield he qualified as a biology teacher and spent the rest of his working career in education. Initially this took place indoors in school classrooms, but then for 30 years he worked in outdoor education centres, introducing children and adults to the delights of watersports, mountaineering, forest education and how to understand and appreciate the natural world. Mike’s writing career had humble beginnings in the 1980’s with a series of mountaineering trip logs and a collection of nature-inspired poetry subsequently published as Swift and Other Poems. Recognition in a travel writing competition led to him joining Bradt’s team of authors in 2010 with the publication of Slow North Yorkshire which was later re-issued as two separate volumes in the Slow Travel series – Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds. Although officially retired he continues to explore many wild areas of the world on foot, underwater with scuba gear and afloat in canoes and kayaks, describing his exploits in outdoor magazines. Mike still lives near Whitby with his wife Lois and two dogs and spends his non-travelling time managing the small birch woodland they own, volunteering for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and writing regular nature columns for local newspapers and magazines.

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Dinosaur hunting in the North York Moors

The Jurassic coast of Yorkshire is a palaeontologist’s paradise.

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Whale watching in North Yorkshire

It might not be the first animal that comes to mind when you think of the North York Moors, but whales are thriving off the coast here.   

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The Mouseman of Kilburn

Author Mike Bagshaw tells the story of this local woodcarver.

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