Steve Backshall’s Wild World Tour.

Biologist, Adventurer, TV Presenter and all-round Good Egg, Steve Backshall will be conducting a lecture tour of the UK this October. 

I have had the pleasure of seeing Steve speak twice and his shows are always fascinating, delivered with charm and humour.  Here are the dates for these must-see shows:

15th Oct Inverness, Empire Theatre – 01463 234234

16th Oct Blackburn, King Georges Concert Hall – 0844 847 1664

18th Oct Edinburgh, Festival Theatre – 0131 529 6000

19th Oct Perth, Concert Hall – 01738 621031

22nd Oct Harrogate, Royal Hall – 01423 502 116

24th Oct Newcastle, Tyne Theatre & Opera House – 0844 2491000

25th Oct Basingstoke, The Anvil – 01256 844244

26th Oct Bristol, Colston Hall – 0844 887 1500
27th Oct Sheffield, The Crucible Theatre – 0114 249 6000
28th Oct Bradford, St George’s Hall – 01274 432000
29th Oct Coventry, Warwick Arts Center – 024 7652 4524
30th Oct Guildford, G Live – 0844 7701 797
31st Oct St Albans, Alban Arena – 01727 844488
1st Nov Birmingham, Town Hall – 0121 780 3333

5th Nov Malvern, Forum Theatre – 01684 892277
6th Nov Reading, The Hexagon- 0118 960 6060

7th Nov Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Theatre – 01892 530613

8th Nov London, Richmond Theatre – 0844 871 7651

13th Nov Salisbury, City Hall- 01722 43443

14th Nov Exeter, Corn Exchange – 01392 665866

15th Nov Cardiff, St David’s Hall – 02920 878444

For more details head over to stevebackshall.com

Words fail me.

Every so often you come across an aspect of Human nature that makes your blood boil.  Today’s case in point is the Spring Hunt which happens in Malta every year.

So, what does it entail? The odd rabbit or Quail for the pot?   No, this is the time of year when ‘brave’ so-called men go out and blast everything with feathers from Storks down to tiny songbirds out of the sky.  Most of these birds are en-route to their Spring breeding grounds in the UK, so of course the ones who don’t get here won’t breed, plunging already vulnerable species like Marsh Harrier and Turtle doves (Amber and Red Listed respectively by the RSPB) further into decline.

Chris Packham a Naturalist and BBC presenter has spend a week in Malta observing the hunt. Make no mistake, this was a dangerous thing for him to do.  As you’ll see in the episodes one nature reserve owner has been shot several times by hunters who do their best to intimidate the people trying to stop this utterly senseless slaughter.

These video’s contains scene that frankly made me cry, and I make no apologies when I say I hope you find them infuriating and deeply upsetting too.  The link below takes you to a playlist so you can see all 7 episodes.

Malta – Massacre on Migration

I hope this has moved you sufficiently to help Birdlife in their attempts to end this practice once and for all.  Please go to chrispackham.co.uk to find out how you can help.

 

24-Hour Stay Awake CANCELLED!

I’ve just received word that the event I was going to use to do my 24-hour stay awake for Coppafeel has been cancelled.

I’ve closed the page, and contacted all but one of the donors to see if they want a refund.  There’s one anonymous donor so if you’d like to contact me for a refund please let me know.

**SIGH** Back to the drawing board! :-P

 

A gentle reminder.

Hello All,

Hope you’re all enjoying some warmth and sun at last, wherever you may be as I type this.

Do you remember last year I raised some money for a breast cancer charity called ‘Coppafeel’ with my trusty handcycle ‘Florence’?

Well, this is just a gentle reminder than I’m at it again.  No bikes this year, instead I will be staying awake for 24hours during a local wildlife event called Avalon 24 on May 24th/25th.

If you’d like to go to my Just Giving page and sponsor me for this event I’d be very grateful.

You can also TEXT:

  • BEES66
  • With the amount ( e.g. £1)
  • To 70070

Thank you!!

….and…..Action!

Last Saturday was my birthday and my parents contributed to my new Bushnell NatureView HD Max Trail Cam.

This little magic box is the most fun I’ve had in ages! It’s so exciting to get up in the morning, take out the SD card and download it all onto my PC to see what’s been in my garden.  I’ve got tons of footage but I’ve whittled it down to the best bits (I think). Enjoy!

Wimp!

Four-legged Fellon.

Week 1.

 

 

Listen up!

Among my many pleasure in life is music.  I have everything from Tony Bennet, to Slipknot and Ben Howard in my collection.  So, this weekend I wanted to introduce you to some new music I have discovered on Spotify.

To follow me, just open the program and look for user name Gaina Cee.

I particularly recommended Beck’s new album Morning Phase.  I also like Boy and Bear, Half Moon Run and Blind Pilot.

I’ve set up an collaborative play list called NEW where you can drop some suggestions of your own :D.

TTFN X