From the creator of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Peter Holden looks at nature through the seasons in a Bedfordshire village - featuring little known sdtories of common bird species and other attractive wildlife and how it is changing. Using his own photos, mostly taken in and around his own village of Blunham, Peter will take you on an imaginery walk through the seasons and show you what to look out for. 

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

A bit more about the speaker

Peter's CV is incredibly impressive - he was a member of the RSPB Headquarters staff for 40 years and devised the ever-popular Big Garden Birdwatch. For many years he advised Blue Peter and often appeared in their garden! In 1994–5 he joined Bill Oddie in a BBC 1 series called Bird in the Nest and has contributed to Springwatch. He has authored more than a dozen books with combined sales of well over a million copies, including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds, the RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife and a recent work on behaviour Birds: their hidden world.

He is a regular lecturer for the RSPB and runs ornithology courses for Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuous Education (Madingley Hall) and for the Bedford Education Retirement Centre. He has recently presented a number of Performance Art lectures with his artist son, Andy Holden, at venues including Tate Britain and the New York Biennale. 

Peter was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List. He is currently President of the Bedfordshire Bird Club.


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