Dr David J. Allen has a BSc in
horticulture from the University
of London, a PhD in applied biology from Cambridge and a DSc.
from Exeter University. David worked for more than twenty
in international agriculture, principally as a plant
in Africa where he specialized on the improvement
legume crops in subsistence farming systems. He
over 100 scientific articles, two major books on
several other books, the latest
of which is
Wild Flowers and
Common Trees of East Africa.
David lives now with his wife Leonora and their daughter Vanessa
in the UK where he is a freelance plant ecologist with particular
interest in conservation management. He is a member of the
management group of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty, Chairman of the botany section of the
Association, and a voluntary warden with Natural
England on the
Axmouth-Lyme Regis Undercliffs National
David is the author also of Wild Flowers of the East Devon Coast
(2000) and Heathland of East Devon and the Blackdown Hills
He gives lectures and leads wildlife walks and tours; the most recent
was to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the North Coast of Brittany.