A new podcast! The intro text I wrote says it all:
“Allan Bantick OBE has had a remarkable career in conservation. Roles in the past have included Chair of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Chair of the Scottish Beaver Trial, Vice Chairman of Scottish Badgers, Founder Member of the National Species Reintroduction Forum, Member of the Scottish Biodiversity Committee and Trustee of The Wildlife Trusts. In February this year he stepped down as Chair of the Scottish Wildcat Action Steering Group, but remains a Trustee of Scottish Badgers and sits on the Scottish Environment Link Wildlife Forum and Wildlife Crime Sub Group.
I went to visit Allan in March and recorded the following interview in the Strathspey Badger Hide, which looks one way onto a huge hillock that’s been assiduously mined by badgers for decades and the other towards the River Spey and the mountains and pine forests that make this part of the world such a wonderful place to visit.”
If you’d like to hear it (and that is kind of why I make these podcasts) it’s at https://soundapproach.co.uk/podcast/#ep27
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…