The short version
Kevin Sene is a scientist and writer with a love of mountains, estuaries and the coast, and a keen hillwalker and photographer. He has written guides on places to visit and the history and wildlife of the Mersey Estuary in Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire and the coast of Cumbria and the Lake District. He has also published a general interest book on tidal bores and three technical books on the links between water and climate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has worked extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia.
The longer version
Hello. I’m a scientist and writer interested in water and climate issues, such as floods, droughts and water resources. I’ve spent many years working on projects in the UK and overseas, typically providing technical advice, analysing data and running training courses.
My first two overseas projects could hardly have been more different as they involved running a computer workshop on a Caribbean island (Barbados) and helping to monitor rivers in a semi-arid region in east Africa (Somalia). Other highlights have included helping to understand flooding issues at a regional scale in the UK, southern Africa and Asia, water resources studies in Africa and the UK, and leading research on new approaches to flood forecasting and warning.
Throughout, one strand has been trying to predict river flows and I’ve written three technical books on this topic for use by practitioners and scientists, including an award-winning book on hydrometeorology. I’ve also contributed to many scientific and conference papers.
More recently, as a keen traveller I’ve branched out into more general interest writing with books on the Mersey Estuary in Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire and the coast of Cumbria and the Lake District.
The idea forThe Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide began when I was living in Warrington at the top of the estuary, where in the evenings and at weekends I would often go running or cycling alongside the local canals and the estuary shores, including visits to Liverpool and the Wirral further towards the coast.
As I began researching the book, I realised that there were some great places to visit that even local residents, including myself, weren’t aware of, and some fascinating stories to tell about the history, environment and wildlife of the estuary. This was also my first venture into self-publishing, which has involved developing skills in areas such as desktop publishing, cartography and website design, to name just a few.
Another of my favourite places to visit is Cumbria, having lived in Kendal and Carlisle as well and once cycled the length of its coastline. As a follow up to the Mersey Estuary book, it was therefore an easy decision to write a guide called The Cumbria and Lake District Coast and you can read more about it here.
Both of these books describe another of my interests, namely tidal bores. These are amazing waves that travel upstream against the river flow and occur in some estuaries on the highest tides. Of about a hundred worldwide, around twenty occur in the UK. The most famous is the Severn Bore and other well known examples include the Trent Aegir in Lincolnshire, the Nith Tidal Bore in Scotland, the Dee Tidal Bore between England and Wales, and the Arnside Bore in Cumbria. Over the years I’ve had many great day trips out trying to spot them, along with coastal walks, boat trips, wildlife photography and visits to local attractions.
I decided to write a non-technical, general interest book about them, describing why they occur and how to improve your chances of seeing one. The book features ten tidal bores around the coastline of England, Scotland and Wales along with places to visit nearby, such as tourist destinations, nature reserves and locations with a maritime theme. It is due for publication as an ebook on 3 September 2021.
This website gives space to expand on these various themes and a place to share some of my favourite photographs. I hope you find something of interest. If you are interested in a copy of any of these books and would like to support my writing, the best way to do that is to buy directly from the publisher as follows:
- The Cumbria and Lake District Coast is available from Troubador Publishing at this link
- Tidal bores of England, Scotland and Wales is available from Troubador Publishing at this link
- The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide is available from Troubador Publishing at this link
I’ve also posted a selection of images from the books and other topics on the Alamy stock photography website.
These are mainly intended for use in newspapers, magazines and other media and for anyone interested in making large prints, such as for wall art and posters.
However, feel free to browse through these too if you would simply like to see more images on these topics.
On a personal note
I’m based in Scotland and some of my other interests include volunteering in the Lake District and with a Rivers Trust, and hill walking, cycling and photography. Past adventures have included cycle touring in India and Central America and a high level walk across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. However, my trips are more modest these days. I’m also a keen reader of non-fiction, such as on travel, aviation and politics, and am a Qualified Member of the Guild of Photographers. I’m also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide
Here is some more information on The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide
From Troubador publishing
The guide features places to visit along the Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire shores, walks and cycle rides, and background on the history, environment and wildlife of the estuary. It was published in 2020 in printed and ebook form and is available from bookshops and most online stores. See www.troubador.co.uk for more information, including links to ebook retailers. There is also a video about the book at this YouTube link with some views of tourist attractions and wildlife around the estuary. I say more about writing the book here.
Some comments in reviews on Goodreads include:
Informative and interesting guide to the Mersey estuary with cycling and walking routes to occupy yourself with historical and natural history notes as well to get the full picture of the Mersey.
This is a good general guide to the area with a richly varied collection of associated activities both solitary and family/social oriented.
The book was filled with rich history of the area, significant maritime information, information about walk and cycle routes and other places of interest (some of which I didn’t even know existed!).
The first thing to say about The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide is I live on the Mersey in an area mentioned in the book and I had no idea about a lot of the things in this book.
Five stars. Very well written, down to earth, and up to date.
Many thanks to the reviewers and you can read more details on the Goodreads site along with my own reviews of books on wildlife, coastal themes, travel, aviation, politics and more.
In case you are interested, here is some more information on my research and technical books:
One of my roles is as an Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University in the UK, and this webpage describes some of my research interests:
Here also are links to my technical books:
The first edition of the Hydrometeorology book received an honourable mention in the prestigious Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) nominations for the best book of the year in the fields of meteorology, climatology and atmospheric sciences.