Allan Bantick OBE

I’m heading up to Scotland tomorrow to record at the Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) Conference. There’s a fantastic list of speakers and pre-conference promotion has advised delegates that I’ll be there. mic in hand, doing my best imitation of an investigative reporter. It should be a very interesting day.

Rather than go all the way up to Scotland and turn right back around again, I’ve arranged to also interview Allan Bantick OBE.

After 26 years in the RAF teaching outdoor pursuits and aircrew survival and 20 years as a record producer and professional musician, Allan (according to his bio) ‘retired’ and now ‘just’ runs Cairngorm Wildlife and is the Chair of the Scottish Wildcat Action Steering Group. He was a Former Chair of Scottish Wildlife Trust; Founding Chair of the Scottish Beaver Trial (Allan’s OBE was partly awarded for his work on beaver re-introduction); Trustee of Scottish Badgers; Member of the Scottish Environment Link Wildlife Crime Task Force; and Founder Member of the Scottish Species Reintroductions Forum.

Wow, eh. On top of all that he’s suggested we record the interview in the Strathspey Badger Hide surrounded by wildlife.

Future guests are going to have to work hard to better that…