Freelance ChickenStreet

As an avid freelance scribbler on plants and poultry Andy has cropped up in a number of magazines & publications. Here’s a few of the titles he has, and currently writes for:

NFU Countryside

The Guardian – online garden/allotment blog

Country Smallholding

Fancy Fowl

Your Chickens

The Ark

Grow It!

Kitchen Garden

Welsh Border Magazine

Country & Border Life

Welsh Coast


So if you are looking for informed garden or chicken articles, trenchant opinion, practical step by step guides, or something just a a bit different then please do contact Andy at

The Chicken – A Natural History

He also collaborated with 4 other authors to write a book on chickens that’s a little different to the normal. Grow Your Own magazine described it as “For those looking for a science-based guide to chickens, this encyclopaedic study offers a true understanding of the species, reclaiming it from its commercial status as a mere egg and meat provider. Topics include anatomy, development biology, ancestry, breeding and origins, plus there is a comprehensive look at chicken behaviours, too.” November 2012


Then later became the lead author on another

New title due out in Feb 2015

successful collaboration “Chicken & Egg: An egg-centric guide to raising poultry” designed for broad readership, but with a determinedly egg-centric focus. It offers a complete reference to raising chickens and other poultry purely for their eggs, from choosing the best-laying breeds, to understanding broody behaviour, to producing the most colourful egg selections.



Be it feature commissions, regular articles, book contributions or just some photographic images, he’s always happy to chat about chickens or garble about gardening.

Oh and its not just writing, he’s done a bit of radio and TV too including BBC Countryfile appearances, BBC Midlands Today, Simon Mayo’s Drivetime on Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 You and Yours and BBC Radio Shropshire…

….and although sometimes he’s busy thinking of being outdoors….

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…but mostly he pays attention when in front of the camera or mic

BBC Countryfile


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