On Tuesday 29th May 2018, Rick Morris presented a talk on 'Surveying for Marine Wildlife' to the Bournemouth Natural Science Society....
I was privileged to be invited along to Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) as a guest speaker to talk about the charity's work.
Accompanying me was our Wildlife Officer Coordinator Glynis Northwood-Long, who kindly agreed to come along to talk to any folk at the end of the presentation who may have been interested in our wildlife trips.
Arriving just before 7pm, we were greeted by Jonathan McGowan, the zoology section chairman for BNSS. Once set up in readiness for the planned 7.30pm start, I met the BNSS programme chair, Mary Thornton, who had kindly arranged for me to deliver the talk.
The presentation was well-received, with the audience genuinely interested in how I became involved, and how the charity started back in the early days, when we were the Biscay Dolphin Research Program (BDRP).
Mary had asked if I could put lots of images into the presentation, which I did, with slides on cetacea species and seabirds observed in the Bay of Biscay, our survey routes, and Lyme Bay. Along with the images, I also included some video footage, and this was really appreciated.
Concluding the presentation, I stayed on stage for a Q & A session from the audience. Off stage, I was joined by Glynis, who talked to people about the role of our Wildlife Officers, and the day trips supported by Condor Ferries, plus the Lundy Island trips.
We were invited upstairs afterwards, for a very welcomed cup of tea and a chat with a few more folk before heading home.
A big thank you goes to BNSS for their hospitality, and I hope to see you in the future!