The one where we talk about September’s UK birds, ask whether if Buff-breasted Sandpipers become common they’d ever be ‘trash’, again highlight the awful illegal trapping situation on Cyprus and Malta and ask whether boycotts could work, and we ask whether (with the number of people on the planet reaching 7 billion this month) conservation organisations ought to be talking about over-population. We also have a pre-recorded interview with Tristan Reid and his partner Kath – plus Ceri Levy of ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds – about his latest tattoo, and a second with two Bird Guides from Australia’s Northern Territory.
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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 Birdingblogs.com/TomMcKinney.
- 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.
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita.
Copyright Ralph Steadman for the http://www.facebook.com/ghostsofgonebirds
- BirdLife Cyprus: http://www.birdlifecyprus.org/
- Tristan Reid’s ‘Giving my Right Arm’ Appeal for Turkey: http://www.justgiving.com/givingmyrightarm
- Kris Webb’s Scilly Isles blog: http://scillyspider.blogspot.com/
- This month the Center for Biological Diversity launches a new national campaign, 7 Billion and Counting, to highlight the devastating effects of the world’s exploding human population on wildlife around the globe.
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