Chris Walley

Board Member, A Rocha France

Chris’ involvement with A Rocha dates back more than 20 years, when he helped to found A Rocha Lebanon. He took early retirement from lecturing in geology and environmental science to volunteer with A Rocha International as Mediterranean Science and Conservation Projects Coordinator for two years. He and his wife Alison joined the team at Courmettes in 2014 and now live midway between the two centres in southern France. Chris takes part in teaching weeks at Courmettes and has developed a popular natural history guided tour of the estate. In 2016 Chris joined A Rocha France’s Board of Trustees. He has a particular concern for the work in the Vallée des Baux.

What do you enjoy most?

I need to get out of doors, and here, as in Wales where we lived until summer 2014, it’s big scenery. I’m excited by the wildlife at Courmettes: Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus and Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos soar overhead, I’ve seen Chamois Rupicapra rupicapra on the cliffs, and it’s botanically very diverse, with north-facing as well as south-facing cliffs.

You’ve written a sci-fi trilogy and other novels – are any books brewing at the moment?

I’d love to have time to write, but at the moment I’m far too busy!

I couldn’t do my job without…

My camera. I like to record all kinds of things, and to catch the moment. It also helps me to tell the stories at

A new environment and climate network 6 April 2021
Badgers and foxes in front of the camera at the Ilon Reserve 6 April 2021
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