Alastair Driver, Environment Agency National Biodiversity Manager, has the honour of inclusion in Who’s Who for “distinction and influence” in the field of environmental conservation. He is one of the most experienced river and wetland conservationists in the UK, with a growing international reputation in the field of catchment management. If you’d told me 35 years ago, after I’d scraped through beer-and-sport-fuelled university with an ecology degree, that I was going to make a living out of conservation, I’d have suggested you should be sectioned. But the fact is that there are now literally thousands of people out there who are professionally employed in conserving and restoring our still beautiful, but quietly ailing natural environment. In fact, there are 200 of them in the Environment Agency alone.