Nick Penny grew up in many different parts of the world before doing an arts degree at Oxford University. He then set up his own workshop making musical instruments, as well as writing music and playing the Paraguayan harp. After moving to rural Northamptonshire he became fascinated by the birdsong in his local woods, and started to record it and use the sounds in his own music. He also began to watch and photograph the kingfishers on a stretch of the river Nene close to his home.
Although not a trained naturalist, he has become known as an inspiring speaker about wildlife and birdsong, and he writes with a deep passion and concern for his subject. Always curious, always with his ear to the ground, he’s keen to learn more about nature and delights in passing that knowledge on to others. He’s talked about nightingales on BBC Radio 4’s Open Country, was interviewed by Lauren Laverne for BBC 6 music’s Supernature feature, and has made many appearances on local TV and radio. He is a valued contributor to Facebook groups that cover wildlife subjects.