Nicky Fish – a hugely experienced, passionate professional outdoor leader, and bushcraft and wildlife instructor – is the founder of Second Nature.
The name came because, to Nicky, life in the woods was always second nature. She also likes nothing more than sharing her love of wildlife and knowledge of the countryside with others.
Nicky’s love for wild places was nurtured from the age of five, when she was fortunate enough to discover the Woodcraft Folk. She spent many years with them, hiking, navigating, camping, learning fire skills and bushcraft, and laying the groundwork for a career as a Ranger and Bushcrafter.
After studying ecology and countryside management at Plumpton Agricultural College, Nicky began her career in Snowdonia. Here, she helped conserve and manage some of its most beautiful special and endangered habitats and wildlife.
During her years working for the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and the Forestry Commission as a specialised Education Ranger, Nicky honed her skills as a Forest School Leader, Professional Bushcraft Instructor and Mountain Walk leader. She taught and assessed people on the John Muir Awards scheme, as they discovered and conserved wild places.
After some time away from Snowdonia, Nicky and Second Nature have come home. Back to where her homemade bespoke Welsh Stick Chairs, created from the oaks and ash trees of the Gwydir Forest, first saw the light of day.
Nicky also creates Welsh Walking Sticks from coppiced hazel, to complement her many workshops. She continues to share her passion, skills and experience for nature, helping people understand and appreciate all that is wild and natural in the beauty of the Snowdonia National Park.