TN65 The Conference Calls 15 October 11


The one with guest Jim Lawrence, Development Manager of BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions Programme, live from the Scilly Isles. In a ‘Scilly Special’ we talk about the Scillies, birds on the Scillies, what it’s like on the Scillies, make a few vagrant predictions, discuss what the rules are about what we can and can’t tick – and just about anything else that pops into our collective heads really.

NB: All opinions and views expressed by an individual panel member and/or guest during a Conference Calls podcast are those of the individual speaker alone, and are not to be taken as being held by or representative of any other individual, organisation, or sponsor unless specifically identified as such during the recording of that podcast.


Show Notes

And your Panel today consists of…

  • Charlie Moores, a freelance writer and podcaster (and now sadly intermittent birder) who either lives in a warm little cottage in north Wiltshire with his family or in a cold ‘podding shed’ editing an endless series of podcasts that more and more people appear to now be listening to.
  • John Hague, a birding psychiatric nurse from Barnsley who now lives in Leicester where he’s a prominent member of the Leicester and Rutland Ornithological Society. John blogs extensively at The Drunkbirder where he rants “about the world and the absurdities of life“.
  • Tom McKinney, the Derbyshire-based birder and award-winning musician who founded The House of Bedlam and gigs as part of Tango 5, and author of the much-missed Skills Bills blog. Tom now blogs weekly at
  • Nick Moran, an expat Yorkshireman living in Norfolk, where he runs BirdTrack at the BTO. Nick spent most of the noughties birding and occasionally teaching Biology in China and the UAE; he is an OSME Council member and secretary and voting member on the Emirates Bird Records Committee which keeps him in touch with Middle East birding.



pep600 Interview: Jim Lawrence, BirdLifes Preventing Extinctions Programme Manager


For more information on BirdLife’s ‘Preventing Extinctions Programme’ please visit the BirdLife website:

To contact Jim Lawrence please email:



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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores


  1. John Hague says:

    A great episode Charlie. A big thanks to Jim Lawrence and Dick Filby for their help and participation.
    It was great to meet Tom and Sarah on Friday as well as Ma and Pa McKinney… I’m sure I can make up a comment or two from them…

  2. Charlie Moores says:

    Yep, big thanks to Dick Philby for letting you two take over his house for an hour! I have to say though – rubbish predictions again guys: we really are VERY consistent aren’t we :)

  3. Nick Moran says:

    Rubbish predictions and wrong county for the Rufous-tailed Robin – we rock!

  4. Charlie Moores says:

    Yeah, but aside from that (and every other prediction we made being wrong) we did okay – so, yeah, the Conference Calls rock (as long as you’re not basing your twitching on anything we say anyway)

  5. Only just listened to this. Really enjoyed it and it took me back to my visits there in the 2000s.. Great to hear that the scene on Scilly is alive and kicking – reports of its demise are somewhat exaggerated!

  6. Charlie Moores says:

    Hi Terry. Funnily enough the Conference calls we just recorded was all about Silly and whether those reports are exaggerated or not. Now, if only I had time to edit the darn thing…

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