About me

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My name is Simon Wills and I’m a history journalist, wildlife photographer and genealogist. I’m also a keen birdwatcher. This website is dedicated to the beauty and history of the natural world. My site is still very new so please follow me, or come back and watch as it (hopefully) grows!

I have a particular interest in birds and trees and will be posting about them regularly. You can follow me on Twitter @WriterWillsy or you may like to see my Amazon profile. If you like my photos you can buy many of them via my PicFair page.

I often gives talks to history and genealogy societies, and have written on subjects as diverse as birds, shipping, drugs, and the cheerful subject of the history of death. I work part-time for the NHS as well, as an information specialist.

Reviews of Simon’s books:

An impressive blending of historical fact and great storytelling.
Discover Your History

I found this book absolutely fascinating and learned things I didn’t know I needed to know. It is packed with photographs and examples, so it is visually a treat. I for one will be keeping a copy of this permanently on my desk as a reference guide.
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

The author is well placed to tell the tale of mistrust, worry and strife which followed in the wake of the launching of Poole’s first lifeboat. With accusations of cowardice and genuine acts of heroism, this is a thumping good read.
Dorset Life

Hold on to your hats for a roller coaster ride that reveals the early days of thre lifebat serfvice we know and treasure today.
Family Tree magazine

“Voyages From the Past” fascinates and entertains while rejuvenating the maritime adventure genre. It is worthy of a spot on your bookshelf alongside the finest adventure thrillers.
The Indy Squadron Dispatch

A hugely welcome guide to the history of sea travel from the passenger’s point of view. Laden with descriptions of adventurous sea travel from the passenger’s viewpoint, ‘Voyages from the Past’ is a must for fans of British sea travel. A well-assembled collection of first-hand accounts of sea voyage and a lovely read for those with seafarers in the family.
Your Family Tree

A fascinating guide to a bygone way of death.
The Guide

This book covers a huge and fascinating subject in a manageable style and clear format. Its major strength is in introducing a range of important historical sources in an accessible way… This is a book that whets the appetite.
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine