It was great to see lots of people of similar views coming to Westminster to be inspired by some speeches and then to lobby their MPs on behalf of wildlife.
There were two ‘sittings’, morning and afternoon and short speeches from RSPB, Wildlife Trust and LACS staff. I spoke on wildlife crime in the morning sitting, and I chaired the afternoon session.
At the morning sitting we had two MPs, Caroline Lucas (Green) and Kerry McCarthy (Labour), and in the afternoon Julian Huppert (LibDem) and Sir John Randall (Conservative). All four MPs were passionate about nature, non-party-political and talked a lot of sense – including imparting their tips on how to lobby your own MP.
Then there was a question and answer session at each sitting and then we walked, with placards and banners, the short distance to the Palace of Westminster, accompanied by a large Red Squirrel called Bob and a large Red Fox and a large Badger (and a small Bill Oddie) to meet our MPs.
I hope to be able to share some photographs of the day a bit later, and some thoughts, but here, to be going on with, is a link to a blog I wrote for the Guardian and a TV performance by the RSPB’s Conservation Director, Martin Harper and the Wildlife Trust’s Director of England, Steven Trotter (c26 minutes in).
This event was a joint one by the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and LACs and already, on the day, people were asking ‘What next?’. There is an enthusiasm from the supporters of wildlife and wildlife organisations to see more joint events, more joint advocacy and more general collaboration.
You can still email your MP to ask him or her for more action on nature – click here (it’s the work of minutes).