Ask the Expert - Meet Gavin
Believe it or not I began my career as a cobbler, however, after 11 years in the trade I decided to pursue my boyhood dream of studying insects (this I had already been doing for much of my life!). Whilst studying towards this career change I applied for a part-time post in the entomology department at one of the UK's leading plant biological science research institutes. I was fortunate enough to secure the post, to which I have now occupied for 12 years full-time.
Because of the work I undertake, my identification skills and understanding of garden / crop invertebrates (pest or beneficial species) is vast and greatly appreciated both on and off site by the horticultural team and the general public respectively, giving independant advice on products and / or alternative remedies.