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David Allen

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
years in international agriculture, principally as a plant
pathologist in Africa where he specialized on the improvement
of food legume crops in subsistence farming systems. He
has published over 100 scientific articles, two major books on
legume pathology, and 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
Devonshire Association, and a voluntary warden with Natural
England on the Axmouth-Lyme Regis Undercliffs National
Nature Reserve.

David is the author also of Wild Flowers of the East Devon Coast
(2000) and Heathland of East Devon and the Blackdown Hills (2004)

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.