I spoke at the BTO HQ in Thetford on Thursday evening – and it was a fun evening. Indeed it was a fun day.
There was an audience of 40+ people and we started at 1915 and they didn’t let me go until well after 2145! There were lots of questions, and some of them were completely new ones, which was interesting.
There were some BTO staff, and some RSPB staff, and at least one Environment Agency staff member but no NE staff or board members. So, no NE staff were embarrassed to hear me say that their organisation is rubbish these days.
I’d noticed with amusement that some of the usual suspects on social media were trying to give the BTO a hard time in inviting me to talk about why we should ban driven grouse shooting. They try to paint me as a mendacious extremist which is an odd way to describe someone who writes books, gives talks, is open to questions, organises public protests, leads and promotes petitions to parliament and now, with your continuing help, uses the law to try to prevent harm to wildlife. I have a pen in my hand not a Molotov cocktail!!
there are some good things about thetford, but ne of them is that it is in the Brecks, and so thanks to a friend’s local knowledge I had seen Goshawk, Willow Tit (heard anyway), Wood Lark and Brambling before having to urge the local populace to revolution. But the best bird of the day was an honorary bird – not the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker which we hoped we might see but an Otter! I don’t see Otters every day – do you?
That’s it for speaking engagements until the autumn (except for a gig at a local school). If you’d like me to talk to your group then do get in touch. Here is where I am talking in future and some of the nice things that people have said about me!
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