TN66 The Conference Calls 28 Oct 11


The one with guest Garry Bagnell, one of the UK’s most passionate – and most mocked – twitchers, where we look briefly at last week’s rarities on Scilly and Gulberwick, make a quick note of BirdTrack’s request for records of winter thrushes, and then spend our time with Garry, asking whether there is a mean-spirit abroad in British twitching (much of it directed at Garry himself) and listening as he describes his views of the Scilly Northern Waterthush, the Weir Wood Long-toed Stint, and on the people who seem to want to question his every sighting.

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.
  • Tristan Reid, aka ‘binocularface’, a well-known member of the Brit birding and twitching scene (to quote from Tristan’s binocularface blog “Some may call me obsessive; but I love to see rare and scarce birds and will travel anywhere within the UK and Ireland to see them!”) who lives in Cumbria.


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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. Great podcast and it was certainly nice to hear the finished article.

  2. Charlie says:

    Cheers for coming on again Garry – really interesting to hear your side of the story (and by ‘story’ I do mean innuendo and possible slander).
    I’m surprised that people haven’t commented though…

  3. Tom McKinney says:

    I think Garry is f**king gorgeous and I love his bald head.

    Is that okay, Garry?


  4. Tom, you’re lovely fella. Thank you for those kind words. Cheeerio Garry

  5. Mike King says:

    Live and let live mate. Lists are personal things. I hate all the vitriol and personal attacks on BF especially regarding Garry and LGRE. I understand why Lee is often in the firing line, but that said he is a wealth of knowledge, aside from the occasional tall stories, but he has always tried to ensure everyone gets onto the bird at twitches I have been at. Garry has done nothing to draw such vitriol apart from claiming “I’m a bloody good-looking bloke”.
    I see Steve is trying to draw a line in the sand on BF tonight. Hope it works.
    Great podcast all!

  6. Charlie Moores says:

    I agree with you Mike, I’ve never had a personal problem with LGRE (I know other people haven’t but I haven’t) and Garry is a very friendly bloke who’s birding style is not to everyone’s taste but so what? And cheers for the support for the podcast…

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