James Lowen 





Travel books

I edit travel books for Bradt Travel Guides. My edited titles include Paddling Britain by Lizzie Carr, Britain's best small hills by Phoebe Smith (editor-at-large of Wanderlust magazine), Outer Hebridesby Mark Rowe, Croatia: Istria (2nd edition) by Rudolf Abraham and Thammy Evans, Kidding Around, an anthology of tales of travelling with children. Others are on their way, and Galapagos Crusoes, a travel narrative.

I also offer picture-research services, with titles so far including Paddling BritainBritain's best small hills (see above) and Wild Times by Jini Reddy

Wildlife guides

I have edited and proof-read a wide range of wildlife books for Bloomsbury and Pelagic Publishing, including the critically acclaimed Wild Mull, TV presenter Mark Carwardine's field guide to the world's cetaceans, field guides to rockpool invertebrates, East African snakes and South American birds.

Wildlife magazine

Since 2016, I have been Senior Editor of Neotropical Birding magazine, the only magazine dedicated to birds and birding in Central & South America. I was previously editor of the magazine in 2006-10. To read sample articles from Neotropical Birding, click here.  To subscribe, simply join the Neotropical Bird Club, a small but perfectly formed charity dedicated to the research, conservation and enjoyment of the birds of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. 


  • For the Neotropical Bird Club, I was a member of the Editorial Committee for the journal Cotinga  from 1998-2002;
  • For BirdLife International, I was Editorial Assistant on World Birdwatch magazine in 1996-97; and
  • I was Founder and Managing Editor of CSB Conservation Publications from 1996-2001. We published the results of tropical conservation projects in Africa, Asia and South America.