I started making a list of people I thought would be at the Bird Fair and I wanted to see but it got too long after: Carry Akroyd, Tim Appleton, John Armitage, Nick Baker, Jessie Barry, Keith Betton, Andrew Branson, Keith Brockie, Mike Clarke (and everyone else at the RSPB), Victoria Chester (and everyone else at Plantlife), Andy Clements (and everyone else at the BTO), Mark Cocker, Peter Cooper, Alan Davies, Martin Davies, Mike Dilger, Steve Dudley, Alistair Gammell, Robert Gilmore, Stephanie Hilborne (and everyone else at the Wildlife Trusts), Ben Hoare, Mike Hodgson, Peter Jones, Laura Kammermeier, Martin Kelsey, Marco Lambertini (and everyone else at BirdLife International), Rob Lambert, Ceri Levy, David Lindo, Lucy McRobert, Jim Martin, Nigel Massen, Ruth Miller, Dominic Mitchell (and everyone else at Birdwatch), Charlie Moores, Stephen Moss, Ian Newton, Chris Packham, Simon Papps, Debbie Pain (and everyone else at WWT), Richard Porter, Carol Rawlings, Matt Shardlow (and everyone else at Buglife), Chris Wood, Martin Warren (and everyone else at Butterfly Conservation), Brett Westwood, Findlay Wilde, Peter Wilkinson, Stuart Winter, Barbara Young.
I stopped at 50 names. If I saw all of them on day 1 and spoke to each for 10 minutes that’s the day sorted. And there are many many more people whom I don’t know are coming but if they are then I’d love to have a chat with them too.
Will you be there? And will you approach me with a pile of Fighting for Birds in your hand that you have just purchased asking to have them signed? That would be nice.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday’s posts will probably be about the Bird Fair – unless no-one turns up and nothing happens…