2018 Watching Wildlife series announced
Martin Wright has been leading the Cotswold Canals Trust Watching Wildlife sessions for the past five years.
The events have been well supported and many interesting sights and sounds have been seen and heard.
Martin is a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and his quiet passion for the subject results in a gentle but authoritative delivery of avian information.
The title explained
Martin explains the rationale behind the title ‘Watching Wildlife’.
“Early in the series we sat down to discuss what we were doing and achieving.
“We recognised that people’s expectations and experiences vary widely. Our discussions led us to the conclusion that if the word ‘walk’ did not feature so highly then peoples expectations might be better met.
“The point is that whilst we set out on a circular route there are often opportunities and activities to ponder over and watch quietly for a little longer than some committed walkers might prefer”.
“Another aspect that we discussed was ‘other animals’. The towpaths are becoming so very well used… which is great to see.
“Occasionally though, the presence of dogs amongst a group of bird-watchers can disturb the tranquillity.
“This is perfectly understandable as dogs like to communicate with each other just as we humans do. However, dogs haven’t quite mastered whispering yet.
So, the events are operated as a dog free session”.
Regular reports & photographs
Shortly after each session Martin publishes a report detailing the locations and species seen.
Photographs taken by participants during these sessions can be submitted to illustrate Martin’s reports.