27 November 2018

New eBook celebrates wildlife project’s 10th anniversary

Chaffinch Cock - P.Thompson

QUIRKY facts and breathtaking photos on hundreds of species have been compiled into an eBook to mark the 10th anniversary of a wildlife popular project.

Peter Thompson, a biodiversity advisor at Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, writes about a different species every month for the Trust’s website.

The series, called Species of the Month, has included detailed profiles on species such as a bullfinch, badger, golden plover, redwing, rook, seven-spot ladybird, pine marten and pink-footed goose.

Peter used to do a few short pieces for a parish magazine before realising that it could be transferred into a monthly project for the Trust.

He explained: “I choose species usually because I have recently seen them or read something of interest or they just appear in my mind and say ‘hey – you haven’t done us yet’!

“I usually have the basis of what I am going to write, but I will pull out a few books from my fairly large natural history home library and inevitably learn something about the species I am writing about. Sometimes, if I have the time, I pick a species that I only know a limited amount about – “Tardigrades” spring to mind – so that I discover a huge amount myself while writing the piece!”

Likened to a mini Gerald Durrell from a young age, Peter has always had a passion for wildlife.

He grew up in a bedroom filled with pots with things hatching, pupating and breeding as well as having a magpie and jackdaw as pets.

“You can see why my two sisters would rarely venture into this miniature laboratory! So, I think that I was always destined to work in the conservation world!,” added Peter.

The 26-page eBook costs £1.99 and can be purchased here in our online shop.

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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