About me

Qui suis-je? Who am I? Wer bin Ich?

Trained as a biologist & ecologist, with experience in horticulture, I am fascinated by the natural world in all its forms. I have a soft spot for plants, from the tiniest orchid at the top of a Vietnamese mountain, to the blousiest iris in a 18th century garden.

I currently work freelance in the UK, Luxembourg and France, as an ecological consultant, science writer, public speaker, DE/EN > FR science translator and wildlife tour leader.

My BSc research focused on pollens of Psychotria (a fascinating genus with ethnobotanical uses), and my MSc on systematics of a genus of African orchids. I have worked in the Rubiaceae (think coffee) team at Meise Botanic Garden (Belgium), and in the UK NGO Plant Heritage developing a network of living libraries in order to preserve the dwindling diversity of cultivated plants. I have also played a role in a number of conservation projects in the UK and abroad, doing bat surveys, insect recording, botanical monitoring or invasive species control.

I am interested in urban ecology, and particularly how to reconcile the needs of humans and those of wildlife through biophilic architecture and landscaping. In 2019, I created the project “More Than Weeds“, aimed at raising awareness on wild plants in cities.

I am a Fellow of the Linnean Society , and a Secretary of Hortax (the Horticultural Taxonomy Group).

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, travelling to see plants both in gardens and in the wild (cover image: Mount Fansipan in Northern Vietnam), collecting antique science books, making and tasting drinks (cider, beer and wine) and listening to 1970s rock records.

To contact me, please use this page.
Or if you’d like to find out more about me, visit my Linkedin, Twitter, or Flickr pages.

Sophie Leguil BSc MSc FLS


  1. I’ve just come across your blog (I found it from your recent registration with UKENHB) and really enjoyed reading it. I’m looking forward to to your next posts although if they are in French, I’ll certainly struggle a bit. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    1. Thanks for your kind comments! I have moved to the UK now, and I’m getting a bit lazy, so I think my posts will be in English from now on 😀

  2. Hello! Lovely to see you last week at the Invasive Species week. I haven’t managed to get hold of your email yet so I thought this would be the quickest way of getting in touch. If you still want to come over to Leith Hill for our Field Recorders’ Meeting I can send you the details 🙂

    Best wishes,

    Catherine Burton (Biologisal Records Officer, SBIC / SWT)

  3. Great blog Sophie- details coming your way soon re Harvest Mice and other Surrey mammal Group Events. Lovely to meet you on the Invaives’ Week events. Best wishes

    Jim Jones (Wetland Landscape Officer SWT)

  4. Hi Sophie – Thank you for following my own blog! I am completely new to the (active) blogging experience, so am just kind of blindly feeling my way along – I must say, yours is a really welcome specimen when it comes to content + presentation. Well done. As soon as I figure out how to list followed blogs on my own, your will appear – Cheers –

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments!
      I’ve been reading yours and the mix of nature, champagne, food and France suits me very much, look forward to reading your upcoming posts 🙂
      How long have you been living in France/Switzerland?

  5. Hi Sophie. Just fond your blog an I’m loving it. I’m in rural west Wales where Spring is bursting out all over, as well as in my attempts at a bee, butterfly and moth-friendly cottage garden. I love all things nature and try to take (very amateurish), snaps of what I see along the way. Mostly for my own pleasure. 🙂 Found you via Twitter and a salad burnet pic of all things ! LOL ! Don’t ask ! :)) I added you on Twitter too. Hope that’s okay.

    1. Hi Wayne,
      Don’t worry about your posts, it just forgot to “approve” them so they don’t appear on the page.
      Salad burnet pic? Wow, it’s amazing how these things happen 😉 Thanks for the kind comments on my blog and for following me on Twitter!

  6. Great blog Sophie!
    I haven’t managed to get to Spain this spring and reading this makes up for it some.
    I will look forward to future instalments.

  7. I’m writing an essay about the history of landscape development at Benmore gardens and I came across your blog post on ‘Southern Hemisphere in Scotland’ – found it very helpful for examples of the Chilean plantings, thank you and keep up the good work.

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