Sophie May Lewis

Relaxing as a WW2 Land Girl – Sophie May showing her sense of fun

Sophie May’s passion for the natural world has been with her since early childhood.
Now a writer and photographer of natural history and countryside subjects, living in a historic market town in the centre of the South Downs National Park, the countryside of West Sussex and surrounding counties provide much inspiration for Sophie May’s work.

Photographing butterflies and flowers, gardens and animals, landscapes and wildlife, is something Sophie May particularly enjoys, whilst much of her writing is creative, descriptive and poetic, exploring the way words work and sound, and the power of imagery. Wildlife experiences, rural heritage and the changing seasons are reoccurring themes in Sophie May’s work, through both photos and writing.

Sophie May is building a career in Conservation, her most recent work has been for the RSPB
on a Heritage Lottery Funded Traineeship (ended September 2014), through which she is grateful to
have been able to share her passion for nature, experiencing wildlife and its conservation, and learn from others who share the same aims.
Voluntary work has also enabled Sophie May to build a wealth of experience in all aspects of conservation, from practical land management to people engagement. Her latest volunteering commitment is a residential 4 week ‘Ornithology Internship’; a communications role with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust (October 2014).

Sophie May is a member of A Focus on Nature, a network for young conservationists, and is mentored by Stephen Moss:

Sophie is an able and enthusiastic conservationist and writer, with a real dedication to helping people connect with wildlife through her day-to-day work and also via her blog. Her writing manages to capture the excitement of being out in nature, especially in her delightful accounts of butterfly hunting around her Sussex home, which are packed with useful information as well as being entertaining and very readable. Her dedication to the natural world is infectious and admirable, and should lead to a successful career in her chosen field. ”  - Stephen Moss, Naturalist, Author & TV Producer


Collecting conkers - my favourite joy of Autumn

Collecting conkers – a favourite joy of Autumn

Connecting people with nature, particularly children, is something Sophie May has always thought is very important.

She considers an appreciation of the wonderful wildlife of our own ‘backyards and local patch’
to be vital to this connection, due to the accessibility, and capacity to create a sense of ownership,
empowerment and passion for its protection, that being close to our homes and everyday life brings.
Sophie May is a strong believer of the benefits of green space and nature in our lives, from social and economic,
to physical and mental wellbeing.

The content of this website is designed as a portfolio of Sophie May’s work and experience.
Her photography archive is extensive and constantly expanding, so a selection of her favourite photos
is shown in the galleries.
Whether you enjoy poetry, creative prose, or essays exploring our connection with wildlife and heritage,
you will find something of interest by exploring the writing section of the website.




Pop onto the blog for examples of Sophie May’s most recent activities,
including brand new photos and writing, or follow her on social media to keep up to date.


Do you have a suggestion or comment to make, an offer of employment, or a question to ask?
Sophie May would love to hear from you, just pop onto the ‘Contact’ page and drop her a line.