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.
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.
Sophie Leguil BSc MSc FLS