There are few people for whom I would gladly get up at 4am, but I would make an exception for Ian Boyd, Director of Arc Consulting, a non-profit company that promotes the re-utilization of public spaces and buildings for the benefit of the community, both humans and wildlife.
I was a bit of a weird child. Like many of my peers, my grandmother looked after me during school holidays while my parents went out to work. But unlike my friends who were content to play with dolls and prams and have imaginary tea parties, I fantasised about far off countries. Places where adventures took place with mountains and wild animals and lots of caves to explore. Of course, I hadn't even been out of the UK by then and it would be many years later before foreign travel was not the norm. But I'd heard about Australia, a relative had moved out there. I knew of its vast red deserts and its incredibly warm climate, the kangaroos and koala bears and I was enthralled by the book Walkabout, which we all read in school.