18 January 2013

Froglife in Peterborough with Mike Dilger

Following a brilliant event with speakers Professor Roger Downie and Sir John Lister Kaye in Glasgow, our next event is in Peterborough on Monday 21st January with the BBC One Show’s Mike Dilger.

We are celebrating the end of the My Wild Life project and screening a film of interviews about growing up with nature and exploring the great outdoors.  The interviews and memories we collected highlight how important wild animals and wild spaces are for people and the role that adults can play in helping children explore and fall in love with these areas.

Sir John told incredible stories about sharing adventures outside with his daughter, saying "I thought I was teaching her natural history.  Wrong.  She was teaching me, taking me back to my childhood and seeing nature with the awe and wonder of a child."

Mike will be sharing his thoughts on the topic at our Peterborough event, with many people in the audience having taken part in intergenerational sessions sharing memories and comparing experiences.

The young people involved in the project also shared their feelings about taking part and hearing from older generations.  One highlight for some of them was meeting Christine Knighton who turned 101 the day after the session.  Sadly Christine passed away last week and we will be remembering her fondly on Monday.

Our third and final event in the series will be on Friday 25th of January with author and ecologist Hugh Warwick as our special guest.  We will also be formally launching London Dragon Finder at this event, spreading the word about opportunities to take part in this exciting new project.

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