The creator of the Big Garden Bird Watch

From August 1914 to May 1915, Bedford’s population doubled with the influx of the Highland Division's infantry battalions, cavalry, artillery, medical and support units. Richard Galley looks at the fascinating story of the Scottish visitors.

Talks are approx. 1 hour long, with time for questions. 

As there is a cost involved in putting on the Learning Lunchtime talks, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated. Parking charges also apply. Friends of the Forest get free parking all year round* at the Forest Centre - click here for more information

Image from Richard Galley's Blog

About the Speaker

Richard has talked about the Highlanders several years ago at the Forest Centre and has been running a blog about the division since 2009.

I am a bagpipe playing Bedfordian with a long-standing interest in the Highland Division's brief stay in town early in World War One.


If you're interested in the Millennium Country Park, we run guided nature walks throughout the year, which are a great opportunity to see it from another angle, and learn something new. Click here to view our upcoming events, and select 'Guided Walks' at the top to narrow it down!

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