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David Derbyshire is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes about the environment, science and the countryside. He has more than 17 years' experience writing features and news stories for Britain's national newspapers.

As the Daily Mail's first Environment Editor, he covered everything from UN climate change talks and wind farms, to the plight of red squirrels and the decline of bumble bees. 

He has also been the Mail's Science Correspondent, the Daily Telegraph's Consumer Affairs Editor and the Telegraph's Science and Medical Correspondent.

Based in Hampshire, he has written for a wide range of national newspapers and magazines - including the Daily Mail, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, the Observer, the Daily Express and the Daily Star Sunday - as a freelance journalist.

He uses his extensive experience in print journalism to offer media training and consultancy to universities, scientists, charities and businesses.

Stories and Features

Observer: 'Mass mortality events. The terrifying phenomena that is pushing species towards extinction.' 25/2/18

Daily Mail: 'Tough love for Tufty: how red squirrels are being squeezed in to tiny cages for a health check... and then send on to new homes.' 16/1/18

Daily Mail Femail: 'Ultimate guide to recycling your entire Christmas: from mince pie tins to advent calenders and broken fairy lights, how to handle the big tidy up with ease.' 29/12/17

Daily Mail: 'Why red skies at night ARE can be just as accurate as TV forecasters!  As most of us admit we rely on old wives' tales to predict the weather...does the science back the folklore?' 20/7/17

Observer: 'Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie? 9/7/17

Daily Mail: 'Read this and you'll never eat airplane food again!' 19/4/17

Daily Mail: 'Inconvenient truth about your wood burning stove: they can be bad for the environment and your health.' 26/11/16

Daily Mail: 'The true cost of your takeaway coffee: the chains suggest the 7m cups we use daily can be recycled. What rubbish, says David Derbyshire.' 8/11/16

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Daily Mail: 'How ''Green'' George's trendy coffee pods are damaging the planet: Nespesso capsules advertised by Hollywood star Clooney come under fire.' 9/9/16

Daily Mail: 'Invasion of the cannibal Spanish Slugs.' 3/9/16

Daily Mail Femail: 'Why we're all suddenly getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.' 1/9/16

Daily Mail: 'Plastic microbeads and microplastic: a poison worse than any oil spill.' 29/8/16

Daily Mail: 'Microbeads - the tiny plastic beads choking the planet. They're in everything from shower gel to toothpate - poisoning marine life and risking our health. As the Mail launches a campaign to ban them, here's all you need to know about the microbeads menace'. 25/8/16

International Business Times: 'The new dietary advice on fat being our friend is dangeous.' 23/5/16

Daily Mail: 'What is the most effective way to banish hiccups? Could rubbing your ear work better than holding your breath?' 2/2/16

Daily Mail: 'Could a dog fly a plan? Believe it or not, a team of respected British documentary makers are trying to prove just that.' 1/12/15

Daily Mail: 'Sleep paralysis and the evil spirits who visit the sleeping and leave sufferers paralysed with terror.' 22/10/15

Daily Mail: 'Are all short men little Napoleons? It's often said smaller men tend to be chippy and aggressive. But what's the scientific evidence?' 16/6/15

Daily Mail: 'Can you speak cat? How to decode your moggie's body language.' 16/6/15
Observer: 'Dinosaurs on screen: Face or fantasy? Would the real T. rex stand up.' 14/6/15

Observer: 'Why people leave their bodies to medical research - and what happens.' 10/03/15

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BBC Radio 4 The Human Zoo - discussing the psychology of climate change

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 Contact: david@davidderbyshire.co.uk or call 07824 473921