James’ love for the natural world was kindled by making and sleeping in forest bivouacs as a Boy Scout. For more than a decade, he has balanced his career as an actor and musician with regular work for Wildlife Trust BCN (Beds, Cambs, Northants).

As a composer, he has created songs, scores and soundscapes for a wide variety of theatrical productions, many of them performed in the open air. He is a passionate believer in the importance of connecting with and deepening awareness of the natural world, and is still at his happiest traipsing around a woodland, whether in Cambridgeshire, Bavaria or Siberia!