Martin Walters is a writer, editor and naturalist, based in Cambridge, UK.
He studied Zoology at Oxford and has had a lifelong interest in birds, botany, natural history and conservation. At University he took part in an expedition to study the ecology and behaviour of three species of kingfisher in Indian Kashmir. Since then he has visited and watched birds in many countries, including Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Faroes, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Kenya, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, and Turkey. He is particularly interested in birds and bird song (including recording), travel, and nature photography (mainly flowers and habitats), wild flowers, natural vegetation, habitats and conservation.
Martin worked for several years as Biological Sciences Editor at Cambridge University Press where he was responsible for developing the botany, ecology and natural history lists, before becoming a freelance editor and writer. He also worked as editor for the People and Plants Initiative of WWF, organising their publications and maintaining their website.
His first book was a co-authorship with the late Oleg Polunin - A Guide to the Vegetation of Britain and Europe (OUP 1985). Since then he has published regularly, including translating natural history and related books from German - most recently the new Collins Guide to Birds of Prey (2008).
Martin has served on the Wicken Fen advisory panel and the editorial board of Nature in Cambridgeshire, and is a member of his local Wildlife Trust, Cambridge Bird Club, Cambridge Natural History Society, National Trust, RSPB, and BTO. He is also an Associate of WWF.