Dr Daniel Allen

Animal Geographer, Freelance Writer, Nature Magpie

Dr Daniel Allen is a unique commentator of the natural world. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Daniel explores people’s interactions and understandings of animals around the world. A passionate animal welfarist, Daniel applies his candid approach to issues in the pet trade, conservation and beyond. He has written two books. Otter (Reaktion Books, 2010) was described by Virginia McKenna OBE as 'the most brilliant mix of facts ancient and modern about the otter species'. His latest, The Nature Magpie (Icon Books, 2013), was called a ‘natural page-turner’ in British Vogue, and ‘part Walden Pond, part Origin of Species, and part Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ by Hal Herzog. For more information go to and