It was the 26th day of Wild June and I was running out of days to be wild on. But there I was, catching a train to London even though it was promising to be lovely weather. Even the Stour estuary seemed short on wildness that morning: just a cloud or crowd of gull and a couple of swans.
Non-human species were rare all day. I had an excellent pre-emptive curry for lunch, knowing that eating was also going to be a rare thing. I then sat in a closed room for three hours, (it was at the Linnean Society on Piccadilly), caught a tube to South Kensington and walked to the Royal Geographical Society. There I talked to some people and I also – you may be surprised to learn – listened to some people as well.
It was perhaps the wildest thing I’d done all month, because all the talking and listening was connected to the World Land Trust; I’m a council member. The AGM was followed by some speeches and a few drinks, and a rather good little video. By the end it was clear that lots and lots of lovely land had been saved for conservation last year and lots and lots more land will be saved for conservation next year — and once again I gave quiet thanks for the privilege of being involved with such a marvellous organisation.
Earlier this year I had been back at the RGS: there I had interviewed Sir David Attenborough, who is patron of the World Land Trust. We talked about a lot of big stuff, especially the Trust, and he was, you’ll not be surprised to learn, marvellous, brilliant, inspiring, lucid, passionate, committed and all round one hundred per cent spot on.
And from that interview came the video we all watched yesterday. It was put out on Youtube yesterday by World Land Trust. Here’s the link: please take a moment to watch it and share it.