Today is my last day at work for the RSPB. After just over 25 years I am moving on.
They have been a wonderful 25 years – I have so many stories from them I ought to write a book – now there’s an idea!
My successor is Martin Harper – formerly of Plantlife and Wildlife and Countryside Link – who has worked at the RSPB for 7 years. He’s a great guy and I wish him every success and happiness in the role.
I can’t leave a note saying ‘The money’s all gone’ – although I had a go at spending it – but there will, I’m sure, be a whole load of issues which will move forward quicker and better now I’m gone. I had my own personal take on farming, raptor persecution, nature reserves, reintroductions, climate change etc and a new person heading up these issues will have their own take on them. RSPB policy is set by our Council but within that policy framework staff have a lot of freedom on how they try to deliver the goods. I had mine and Martin will have his. Change is good.
And next week I am off for a 6 week trip – travelling from coast to coast in the USA watching birds, seeing scenery, meeting conservationists and having a break. I hope that I’ll be able to make the technology work and that this blog will be, for that period, insights from a UK birder and conservationist abroad in the USA – Around the States in 40 days.