Joe Harkness

Author and speaker

Nature connection, neurodivergence and mental health

Joe writes and speaks about the benefits of nature connection for wellbeing and his life with ADHD and comorbid mental health issues. He is outspoken on a variety of issues and discusses difficult topics in a raw but accessible manner. Residing in Norfolk, he has worked in the special education sector for over a decade and is a keen naturalist, focusing on wildlife in his local area.


Joe started his (now defunct) Bird Therapy blog in 2015, which led to him writing a book, with the same title. No mainstream publisher would take a gamble on it and he had to crowdfund a 5-figure sum to publish with Unbound. Support from almost 900 people, along with celebrities such as Chris Packham and Bill Bailey, meant that it was published in June 2019 in hardback and audiobook (narrated by Joe) and in paperback in April 2020. It has now been translated for 7 countries. He has  written features for numerous publications, including: The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller, BBC Wildlife Magazine, iNews, Birdwatch Magazine and Birdwatching Magazine.

Joe is currently writing an educational book titled Inside/Outside, which will be published in 2023 by Routledge. The book is a blended emotional literacy and nature connection programme for young people of secondary age. 

You can contact him using the form below with any writing enquiries.

Public Speaking

Joe is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken at a range of venues, including: Cambridge University, the Birdfair and at NWT Cley Marshes. His talks have been described as moving, inspirational and honest and he pulls no punches when discussing his experiences. His proudest moment is discussing mental health and suicide on BBC WinterWatch, alongside Chris Packham.

You can contact him using the form below with any speaking enquiries.

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