Vanished Species & New Arrivals

Beaver - Nick Upton/Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Worcestershire residents are set to be entertained during an evening talk looking at the ups and downs of Britain’s wildlife.

The Malvern Local Group of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is hosting a talk and book signing on Thursday 5th March by authors and popular naturalists Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss.

Worcestershire naturalist Brett Westwood is a radio producer, presenter and scriptwriter of successful BBC Radio 4 programmes including The Living World, Nature and Natural Histories as well as a regular contributor to BBC’s Springwatch.  Stephen Moss was the original producer of Springwatch as well as Big Cat Diary and Birding with Bill Oddie.  Together they wrote the popular books Tweet of the Day and Natural Histories.

Little egret in flight by Bob Tunstall

Little egret by Bob Tunstall

Alison Uren, chair of the Malvern Local Group, said “We’re delighted to be welcoming Brett and Stephen to Malvern.  Their talk promises to be informative and incredibly entertaining.

“With one in seven wildlife species in the UK being at threat of extinction, we’re looking forward to hearing about the ups as well as the downs of our wildlife.

“Brett and Stephen will talk about some of the losses of wildlife that we’re seeing but they’ll also take time to look at some of the surprising gains – from beavers to bee-wolves and harlequins to herons as well as exotic slugs, jewel-like beetles and snails a-plenty.”

Since Brett and Stephen began birdwatching, there have been big changes in UK bird populations.  2019’s State of Nature report showed that 44 million breeding birds have been lost from our skies since 1967.  Since that time, however, peregrines have begun to soar from church spires, red kites now float over farmland and little egrets are now found in Worcestershire.

We’re sure that anyone with any interest in our wildlife and natural environment across the UK and right here in Worcestershire will be captivated by this fascinating talk by these two engaging and experienced wildlife experts.
Alison Uren
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Worcestershire artist Shelly Perkins will be exhibiting and selling her work in the foyer and local natural history books will be available to buy throughout the evening.

The talk takes place from 7.30pm on Thursday 5th March at the Eden Centre, Grovewood Road, Malvern WR14 1GD.  Brett and Stephen will be signing books in the foyer from 6.30pm.

Tickets are available from the Trust’s website and cost £15 plus booking fee.  Alternatively they can be purchased for £15 from the group at their February meeting on 6th Feb at the Eden Centre.