Dr Daniel Allen


Dr Daniel Allen is a commentator on all things nature.


An academic, author, otter expert, journalist, media personality, and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; Daniel's unique perspective and passionate approach is widely acclaimed.



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April 2014. The Nature Magpie becomes a column in NFU Countryside magazine

Chris Packham praises The Nature Magpie, kindly providing a cover quote for the paperback released in February 2014


December 2013. The Nature Society makes the cover of the Folio Society Recommends catalogue


July 2013. Daniel teams up with Midnight Oil Productions as television presenter


An unexpected consequence of the late arrival of spring was Daniel's appearance on and national and regional radio:
BBC Radio 5 Live: Go to 1.53.30

BBC Radio Berkshire: Go to 1.27.20 


Daniel was an expert juror and VIP guest at The British Animal Honours 2013. ITV broadcast the awards show on Thursday 18 April at 8pm.


Daniel Allen's new book, The Nature Magpie, was released by Icon Books on May 2, 2013. Click here to see the exclusive sampler.

Pet Nation started as Daniel's personal quest to find his perfect pet. It became a magazine column, brought together trusted animal professionals, caught the imagination of the public, and continues to raise awareness about pet welfare
"A miscellany that keeps you turning the pages" - Dr Desmond Morris
"the most brilliant mix of facts ancient and modern about the otter species" - Virginia McKenna OBE
"What a fantastic idea, science and culture brought down to earth" - David Bellamy OBE

 “I consider Daniel Allen to be the Brian Cox of animal science”
Margrit Coates, Author of Communicating with Animals

Animal Geographer Dr Daniel Allen has been described as "The Brian Cox of animal science". A unique commentator of the natural world, he is passionate about animals and is a confident media personality. Daniel was an expert juror for ITV's British Animal Honours 2013, and has gone on to feature on national radio stations and work with television production companies as a presenter and consultant.

Daniel’s first book, 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 book, The Nature Magpie (Icon Books, 2013), was praised as “part Walden Pond, part Origin of Species, and part Ripley’s Believe It Or Not”, by Dr Hal Herzog. Daniel is also the creator and editor of Reaktion Books Earth series. David Bellamy OBE wrote: "What a fantastic idea, science and culture brought down to earth".

Since 2011 Daniel has been exploring the UK in a bid to find his perfect pet (Pet Nation). As a pet-free writer welcomed into the closed pet world, Daniel realised his experiences and encounters could help raise awareness about species-specific care, and help potential pet owners think more seriously about adding animals to their family. Daniel has become a respected journalist and animal advocate in the pet trade and conservation, focusing on controversial issues and otherwise unchallenged subjects. Daniel remains pet-free.

The Nature Magpie is released in paperback in February 2014. Cover quote from Chris Packham


Desmond Morris. The Naked Ape (1967), The Human Zoo (1969), Manwatching (1977), Animal Days (1979), Catwatching (1986), Dogwatching (1986), Horsewatching (1987), Animalwatching (1990), Babywatching (1991), Peoplewatching (2002), Planet Ape (2002), Owl (2009). This is not a full list of publications.

The Nature Magpie: "A miscellany that keeps you turning the pages"

Richard Hambyln. Terra. Tales of the Earth (Picador, 2002); The Invention of Clouds (Picador, 2010); The Art of Science (Picador, 2011)

"Daniel proved an imaginative commissioning editor, putting together an exciting new book series (Reaktion's Earth series) with enthusiasm and flair. His writing is also inspiring (his Otter title is one of the best in the ongoing Reaktion Animal series)." 

Professor David Lambert, Chief Executive of the Geographical Association

"The books in the Earth series are magnificent... Full of information and explanation, and beautifully illustrated, these books have a strong narrative. They keep our attention. They are great geography. These books will get us reading geography for pleasure."


David Bellamy OBE

Earth series: "What a fantastic idea, science and culture brought down to earth."


Richard Cohen. Chasing the Sun. The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life (Simon & Schuster, 2011)

Earth: "A valuable and highly readable series."

Grace Yoxon, Director at International Otter Survival Fund

Otter: "Daniel has written a very well-researched book on otters. It is readable but also contains a lot of background information which is often overlooked. He is passionate about otters and this comes over in the book."

Virginia McKenna OBE, Founder of Born Free Foundation

Otter: “It is the most brilliant mix of facts ancient and modern about the otter species and its vulnerability to mans seemingly insatiable need to hunt the poor animal for reasons other than survival. I am sure the book will help to ensure that the hunting of otters will never return to this country,… and I hope other lands will follow this example… A fascinating and illuminating book.”