The GBG and Springwatch Wild Day Out – Southampton

Posted on Monday, May 31st, 2010

David Waters talks to BBC Radio Solent’s Georgina Windsor about the Great Bustard Group

Back in March this year the GBG were the proud recipients of a superb replacement hide courtesy of the BBC Wildlife Fund*. The new hide – which sits where the battered ‘old faithful’ it replaces slowly disintegrated over five years – has already been a great success, and is providing visitors to the release-site with a much more comfortable and more stable viewing-platform.

When an opportunity came up for the GBG to reciprocate by helping promote the BBC Wildlife Fund we were of course happy to do so. Yesterday GBG Director David Waters, Marketing manager Suzy Elkins, and Otis Editor Charlie Moores made an early start and headed down to Southampton Common to join the BBC for the Springwatch Wild Day Out.

We were on-site for the duration of the event (an energy-sapping six hours – by which time even the typically effervescent Suzy was beginning to lose a little bit of her fizz), but we helped hand out hundreds of ‘Springwatch’ packs, spoke to many of the other exhibitors, and David gave a remarkably fluent and impressive live radio interview with a clearly enthralled BBC Solent’s Georgina Windsor (the interview is currently available via iPlayer HERE: the interview begins at 0:22:45 and lasts for a full seven minutes).

The Wildlife Fund crew were extremely pleasant and great fun to work with, and the three of us left the event convinced that this sort of interaction can only be of benefit to the GBG. More events have been already been organised and we are planning to attend: should any GBG supporters be interested in lending us a hand we would of course be grateful.

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*The BBC Wildlife Fund has the core purpose of “raising awareness and funds to save threatened wildlife and places” and it “offers the unique opportunity to capitalise on the creative skills of the BBC enabling wider audiences to engage in the plight of wildlife”.

All of the money donated is allocated to support wildlife projects. Donations are raised independently by the Natural History Unit and do not come via the licence payer! For more details and upcoming events please visit the Fund’s website.

Categories: Great Bustards, News

Charlie Moores

Posted by Charlie Moores

Charlie is the Great Bustard news & Otis (the official Great Bustard magazine) editor, as well as being an authority on birds worldwide & writing for several online blogs.

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