Editing

Expertise in English language writing and editing

A native English language expert 
A strong instinct for correct and accurate English means that my services as a writer and editor in the world’s second language are much in demand.

The right style
The English language is wonderfully expressive, sensitive and flexible, but getting English texts ‘just right’ can be difficult, even for native speakers. I offer expertise in writing in a style appropriate for any audience. I have done a lot of scientific writing and reporting on meetings, and also write and edit websites, presentations, proposals and all kinds of reports.

What will it cost?
My rates are competitive and depend on the nature of the work. After reviewing the text I provide a quote, based on the amount of time that I estimate the job will take. Corrections and comments on documents are usually provided in MS Word using Track Changes, in close consultation with the client.

Translation to English from Dutch and French
I have a good working knowledge of the French and Dutch languages and offer translations from these into English.

Publications
My work to date has been largely in the field of nature conservation, especially bird and wetland assessment and reporting.

  • Lead author and editor of 12 books and book length reports, 120 scientific papers, reports and book chapters, and 50 popular articles, newsletters and book reviews.
  • Publications mainly on behalf of former employers: Wetlands International, BirdWatch Ireland and The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.
  • Publications to date have been commissioned by bodies such as the European Commission and the international biodiversity conventions (Convention on Biological Diversity, (CBD), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands).
  • Publications also written for WWF, IUCN, National Geographic, and on behalf of national agencies in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Ukraine.

Awards
The book An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia (2009) won third prize in the “Best bird book in Britain, 2009” competition sponsored by the Journal British Birds and the British Trust for Ornithology.

 

 

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