Photo: Luke Dray/Woodland Trust.
A couple of folk dodging the cars in Piccadilly? Well the Guardian says that ‘hundreds’ of us marched to Downing Street, which I guess is true, since every thousand is made up of hundreds (and scores and dozens)[Guardian later ‘updated’ its headline to thousands]. The police at Downing St told Chris Packham that there were around 10,000 folk involved in the Walk for Wildlife which sounds about right to me – oh yes, and a fly past by a Peregrine in Pall Mall too!
It rained – the #soddententhousand !
What a day full of lovely people who made the effort, raised their voices and opened their ears and played bird song as they walked through some slightly puzzled crowds in central London.
Great speeches by so many people – it would be invidious to pick out any but all those younger than 25 did quite brilliantly.
There were sharks and bats, badgers and trees, seals and beetles. There must have been hunt sabs standing next to RSPB members, and FoE campaigners standing next to National Trust members – and they all cheered at the same places, they all wiped away a tear at the same moments and they all walked together for wildlife. Great feeling!
The music was good too! I knew who Billy Bragg was – and he was brilliant. I thought I didn’t know who Grace Petrie is – but actually I have listened to her work in the past without internalising her name (and she was brilliant too), but Saskia Eng was completely new to me and she has a wonderful voice. Chris sang too… oh well…
I spotted two MPs at the walk – Caroline Lucas and Kerry McCarthy – thank you to both of them for coming. If you are an MP and were there then let me know, please. If you spotted an MP then let me know please.
Chris Packham, Sian Berry and Caroline Lucas MP
But if you have an MP – you do! – then please email or write to them this evening or tomorrow and ask them whether they were in Lndon with you, whether they have read the Manifesto for Wildlife and what they think of it, and how they will help wildlife in the future. And just end the letter by saying, who knows, there might be a general election just over the horizon and your MP’s answer to these questions might well influence your vote.
Michael Gove decided he was unable to meet the young marchers in Downing Street with Chris Packham and is rumoured to have been hiding somewhere behind a massive pile of dead badgers.
Photo: back of the camera shot Andy Rouse[registration_form]