The world’s most-loved Hen Harrier gets all the glamour gigs but I enjoyed the Bird Fair too – I’ll give you some thoughts tomorrow. But here are some images with just a few words.
I see that Simon Lester has his own version of the Q&A at the Bird Fair out on the GWCT website. Good for him, although it’s still a pity that the Moorland Association and GWCT were not able to find a speaker from their ranks of owners to face a friendly 500-strong Bird Fair audience. Interesting that Simon writes in his blog, something he didn’t say from the stage, that he sees licensed control of raptors as part of the way forward. No Simon, that’s the way backwards for shooting.
I didn’t get into this photo but Chris Packham just did! I didn’t see much of Chris at the Bird Fair at all but he was spreading the word everywhere he went. He is a fantastic advocate for kindness to animals. And so passionate with it. We are planning some jolly japes for the next few weeks – watch this space.
Here’s Mary Colwell, author, radio producer and generally talented person who walked for Curlews this spring. I had a quick chat with her and I would have liked a longer one – the Bird Fair is like that, you see lots of really nice people but only for a really short period of time.
Talking of nice people… Some nice people bought some of my books. The updated paperback edition of Inglorious was the most popular but I signed hardbacks, copies of A Message from Martha, Behind the Binoculars and Fighting for Birds too – oh yes, and the first copies of Remarkable Birds.
But all good things come to an end – even if the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting keeps on climbing. It passed 117,000 signatures today. We’ll all be back at the Bird Fair next year – I wouldn’t want to miss it. I wonder what the next 12 months will bring – the last year has been a blast!
Collected thoughts on the Bird Fair some time tomorrow.