Daniel Butler has been a freelance writer and journalist since 1989, specialising in rural and environmental issues. He has published 6 books about nature and the countryside, including The Red Tail, Sharing the Seasons with a Hawk (Cape, 1994). He moved to live the good life in Wales in 1993 and for seven years was a Country Living columnist (Diary of a Smallholder). His journalism has also been published in the Telegraph, Countryside, The Independent, Daily Express, Country and Border Life, the Central Office for Information, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. His particular passions are birds of prey, edible fungi and forestry. His new book The Owl House is available now.