Some 200 people attended the Garden Wildlife Conference held in Taunton, Somerset in November. The conference, which was coordinated jointly by the BTO and Somerset Ornithological Society (SOS), had a diverse programme which was headed by two celebrity speakers. The morning session was brought to a close by Dominic Couzens, who talked about ‘birds behaving badly’. Dominic’s witty and insightful contribution was entertaining and stimulated lots of discussion as delegates headed for lunch. The final talk of the day was given by Stephen Moss, who read excerpts from his new book Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: the Natural History of an English Village and some from his older books too. The intimacy of Stephen’s talk, having no visual aids, provided an engaging and fitting way to close the conference.
There were plenty of BTO contributions, with Tim Harrison, of the Garden Ecology Team, sharing latest Garden BirdWatch results from Somerset gardens. BTO Regional Representatives, Eve Tigwell and Richard Bland, also gave engaging talks. Amongst other contributions, David Ballance discussed the Somerset Bird Atlas on behalf of SOS. Feedback about the conference from delegates has been excellent and we are extremely grateful to everyone who was able to attend. The BTO’s Garden Ecology Team hopes to run more conferences in 2012.
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