On Wednesday evening I gave a talk to the Bangor Bird Group in North Wales. There was a good crowd there and they were pretty stirred up after seeing the debate on Monday. No sign of any of them giving up. I hope I entertained and energised them (I think I may have done) but they certainly energised me with their enthusiasm
Yesterday I took a long route home through the mountainous parts of Wales. The Conwy Valley looked lovely and the autumn colours were very fine. Driving always gives me an opportunity to think. I was thinking about ‘What next?’ for the campaign against driven grouse shooting? What is the next target? What should my role be now that we have had a debate in parliament and shown the strength of feeling by the size of the petition?
I’m talking to individuals and organisations about the way forward. It is a sensible time to reflect on what is the best way forward so I’d ask you for your patience for a while, but do feel free to drop me an email (as many have done already) or post a comment here. I’ve had lots of phone calls from friends wishing us all well for the next stage of our campaign. Thank you to everybody.
So, I have been enjoying the autumn colours and driving and thinking, and with friends there has been some thriving and drinking, but do not fear for any diving or sinking – the only way is upwards and onwards!
Today I am heading down to Chelmsford to give a talk this evening and then Saturday afternoon I will be on a panel discussion at the Badger Trust conference. More time to think and to talk to friends.