Ornithology: Britain’s Treasure Islands

Speaker: Steve Nicholls.  Venue: Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, BS9 3AA

Few of us realise that counted amongst Britain’s wildlife are some of the biggest and most pristine coral reefs on Earth plus one of the world’s largest albatross colonies and several huge colonies of penguins.  These creatures all live on the UK Overseas Territories, which range from the Caribbean and the tropical Indian Ocean to the Antarctic.  Steve has visited many of the Overseas Territories over his thirty years as a wildlife film-maker and three years ago teamed up with explorer and naturalist Stewart McPherson to produce a series for the BBC in which Stewart visited all the Territories looking at their wildlife and the problem it faces.  In this talk, Steve takes us to these remote outposts of empire to explore their wildlife spectacles and recount many of the stories that didn’t make it into the film series.  He will also update us on the conservation challenges and successes faced by both the UK Government and NGO’s like the RSPB in safeguarding our unique natural heritage.

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