Jason Mitchell was born and raised in Devon where, from an early age he developed a passion for birds and other wildlife, especially dragonflies and butterflies. From his earliest volunteering experience on the Exe Estuary he dreamt of working in conservation and after returning to education in his mid-twenties, graduated from Plymouth University and started work for the RSPB as a warden on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths. Since then he’s worked on various conservation projects for local government and the Wildlife Trust. In 2010 Jason returned to the RSPB as Warden for the North Kent Marshes.

In June 2013, he moved to La Brenne in France with his wife and young family in pursuit of a new challenge. La Brenne was an obvious choice for Jason; his wife is French and having visited the Loire Valley over many years fell in love with the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’. Now well establish, he works as a tree surgeon in the winter months and a nature guide in the summer. Specialising in wildlife tours within France, he also leads across Europe having done so since 2007.