The creator of the Big Garden Bird Watch

Peter Holden returns to talk about his involvement in the creation of the country’s biggest bird watching programme, and how you can get involved.

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

About the Speaker

Peter has been passionate about birds and wildlife for as long as her can remember.  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.

Peter 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.


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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