John Clare

John Clare with Mike Dilger, filming for The One Show
John Clare with Mike Dilger, filming for The One Show

John Clare is an ecologist, illustrator, photographer and writer.  Much of his artistic work comprises naturalistic depictions of wildlife in pencil, ink and watercolour, and he has written and illustrated over 20 books about the wildlife and history of Mull, Iona and the Treshnish Isles. Recently, he has also been experimenting in other media including digital art.

He originally trained and worked in architecture and graphic design, but a lifetime’s passion for wildlife led him to help start a conservation volunteer group in 1985 that for over 20 years helped manage a range of important nature reserves in Somerset and Devon.  In 1993 he founded an environmental consultancy, carrying out habitat and species surveys and writing management plans for some of the most important nature conservation sites in Britain. He also used his drawing skills to create a range of wildlife interpretation material.

Moving to Mull in 2007 after holidaying for many years, John has also worked for the RSPB leading the Mull Eagle Watch visits and as Forest Manager for Tiroran Community Forest. For more information, visit

You can see examples of John’s work here: