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About me


My name is Jake, I am thirteen years old, and I am a bone collector, naturalist, explorer and author.

I live in a beautiful part of Scotland with my mum, my dad, my baby brothers Sam and Harry and my two pussy cats.

I love walking, exploring, watching wildlife and collecting bones. So far I have thousands of bones in my collection, almost all of which I have found myself, within a few miles of my village. I have over 100 skulls on display in my bedroom and I'm even a little bit famous.

How I began bone collecting

I've been collecting bones since I was six, and I started this website in July 2009 when I was seven. (You can read more about why I began blogging here.) Every week I write something new here. Mostly it's about bones that I've found, but sometimes it's about animals and birds that I see on my walks.

The first bones I collected were rabbit bones, from a hill in Perthshire overlooking my after-school club.

I got so good at collecting rabbit bones, that me and my dad went exploring further, and we found lots of bones from different animals.

The animal bones I have found include roe deer, red deer, sheep, foxes, buzzards, swans, ducks, geese, owls and even cats !

Other people have been very kind and have sent me other animal skulls like pig, seal, puffins, badgers seabirds and even monkeys, a leopard and a golden eagle !

The skull I would most like would be a giraffe or a lion skull. But there don't seem to many of those around where I live. (or maybe there are...)

Or a human skull ! That would be cool. Dad says I might get one of those, if Grandma's cough doesn't clear up soon. (*)

(*) In case it is not clear to you, this bit is a joke.

How to contact me

I really enjoy hearing from people who read my blog. I read and answer all my own emails, but sometimes it takes a few days to reply if I am busy. My email address is I get about 750 emails a year, so sometimes it takes me a few days to respond.

If - and only if - you are a journalist and it is urgent, then dad is the best person. His email address is and his mobile number is 07774 438935. If it's not urgent, or you're not a journalist, then email me instead.

If you are a journalist who has a press enquiry about my book, then the best person to contact is Karen Baker, Senior Publicity Manager at Octopus Publishing 0207 632 5488 or

Me in the media

I used to show all my press clippings on this page, but there were so many I've moved them to a page all by themselves. You can see all my newspaper, radio, magazine and TV appearances here.

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