In Conservation With…

In association with:

Leica Birding and NatureCJ Wildlife

In Conservation With… is a series of Zoom interviews with some of the leading figures in the natural history sector. I will be in conservation with birders, ornithologists, biologists, conservationists, broadcasters, writers, opinion leaders and today’s big thinkers..

The conversations will be factual and intuitive as well as sometimes irreverent and downright silly. The topics to be discussed will range from birding and all that entails to conservation issues, art, music and politics. The ethos behind these sessions will be to leave viewers/listeners enthused and even more curious about our natural world.

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New guests to be announced on a regular basis

Dale Forbes 6 October 7pm BST


Dale grew up in the forests and savannas of South Africa, developing a love for nature from a young age. After completing an MSc in Zoology, he moved to Central America to continue his work in conservation biology, working on Scarlet Macaws and Whale Sharks. Dale has been with SWAROVSKI OPTIK since 2009 and is the Head of Strategic Business Development. In this role he is focussed on the mid-term strategic development of the company, developing global partnerships, the management of the main target groups and global market insight. Passionate about conservation, he is a member of BirdLife International's Advisory Board. Learn about Dale's interesting research on the birders of the world
Geoffroy Citegetse 10 October 7pm BST

BirdLife Senegal and the Great Green Wall

With more than 20 years' experience in conservation in Africa, Geoffroy has been working with BirdLife and national NGOs in West Africa and East Africa to support the conservation of migratory birds and the sites and habitats that sustain them. He coordinates the conservation of the East Atlantic Flyway: the collaboration between BirdLife and Pan African Great Green Wall and linking with regional initiatives and supporting national and local engagement in conservation. Learn about Geoffroy’s fascinating work to protect African birds [caption id="attachment_20053" align="aligncenter" width="320"] White-faced Whistling-Duck[/caption]
Hans Pohlmann 13 October 7pm BST

Saving Europe's Vultures

Hans is president of the Vulture Conservation Foundation. This Dutch based foundation is the world's leading wildlife organisation solely dedicated to protecting, conserving and restoring Europe's vultures species. Over the last century the populations of Bearded, Cinereous, Egyptian and Griffon Vulture have declined dramatically and seen their distribution ranges across the continent severely restricted. The VCF is working towards reversing this and our conservation initiative to return the Bearded Vulture to the Alps mountain range is one of the most remarkable wildlife comeback stories of the last 50 years. It really shows that vulture conservation does work. Hans' first acquaintance with the VCF was when he returned a weakened Bearded Vulture back to the Alps in the back of his car. Since then, he has worked on several projects while representing the VCF. He holds the voluntary position of President of the foundation since January 2021. His education includes studying Spatial Planning and he has also worked at three different consultancy firms during the past 18 years. Currently, he is Director of Conservation at Dutch NGO, Stichting Landschap Overijssel. In this role, he is responsible for the management of 64 different nature-reserves. He is an avid birder in his free time. Learn about the conservation efforts for Europe's vultures
Bella Lack 17 October 7pm BST

Tomorrow's conservationists

Bella is a teen conservationist who began her campaigning work at 12 years old. She became an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, Save The Asian Elephants, RSPCA, and the Jane Goodall Institute in order to help spread the message (especially amongst the youth) around the necessity for taking action to protect our remaining wildlife. She delivers speeches in order to aid this goal including at the People’s Walk for Wildlife, the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in 2018 and she also delivered a TEDx talk in Brighton in 2019. She worked on a Cesar nominated feature-length documentary —featuring primatologist Jane Goodall— in order to uplift solutions to the sixth mass extinction crisis. Bella has also written a book called Children of the Anthropocene (published by Penguin in June 2022). It highlights the youth who are combatting the environmental crisis feeling a need to focus on the path ahead and to create a new narrative rather than just rail against the current situation. Bella co-founded the Reserva Youth Council in early 2019 and in 2021 was Co-Chair of the Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council for COP26. Children of the Anthropocene
Andrew Budziak 24 October 7pm BST

Urban Wildlife Photography

Andrew is an award winning journalist, photographer and host. He specializes in telling stories about our changing world and those ensuring those changes are for the better. He is passionate about urban wildlife and loves photographing it. Andrew’s work has been published both nationally and internationally. In 2021, Andrew’s image of a raccoon in the night was listed as one of Canadian Geogrpahic’s Wildlife Photos of the Year. Andrew’s camera work received an Emmy nomination for his part in the Eater series Mise En Place. Andrew’s story and work have been featured in numerous outlets including the BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, CP24, the Toronto Star, BlogTO, and Toronto Life. Learn the secrets to taking great images
Dr Bob Planque 27 October 7pm BST

The story of Xeno-canto

Bob is co-founder and administrator of Xeno-canto, the worlds largest repository of openly shared recordings of birds - and soon also of other animal groups. He started this platform in 2005 together with Willem-Pier Vellinga and built up a community of nature sound enthusiasts that share recordings, knowledge and experience through xeno-canto. At this moment it contains recordings of about 95% of all bird species on the planet. Because of its open character some of these recordings have been used for science, radio shows, podcasts, etc. Xeno-canto - the sound repository of bird sounds from around the world
Yifan Li 7 November 7pm GMT

Bird conservation within China

Born in 1988, Yifan is a husband, birder, naturalist and conservationist. He is the founder of Zigong Bird Watching Society since 2015 and founder of Yiqu Nature Conservation Centre since 2018. He is also the organiser and guide for international birding races held in China e.g. Longzhou, Qinyuan & Poyang Lake. Plus, translator of bestselling nature books in China e.g. Guide to the Birds of China, an Identification Guide to the Ducks. What is the birding scene like in China? [caption id="attachment_20056" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Slaty-legged Crake[/caption]
Barend van Gemerden 10 November 7 GMT

The Conservation of Migratory Birds

Bird migration is one of the greatest phenomena of the natural world. Through their incredible journeys migratory birds connect countries, continents and cultures. Sadly, many populations of migratory birds are in decline. Keeping migratory birds safe is a priority for the 116 nature conservation organisations united in the BirdLife Partnership. Barend would like to bring you up to speed with the successes and challenges of migratory bird conservation. Barend has been involved in migratory bird conservation for close to 20 years. First with a focus on the East Atlantic Flyway while working for Vogelbescherming Nederland, the BirdLife Partner in The Netherlands. Since 2016 he is the coordinator of BirdLife’s Flyways Programme and works together with nature conservationists along flyways worldwide. Learn about BirdLife’s Flyways Programme
Ajay Tegala 14 November 7pm GMT

Confessions of a countryside ranger

Ajay is a wildlife presenter, conservationist, countryside ranger, naturalist, author and voice-over artist. He has a degree in Environmental Conservation and a decade of experience working in nature conservation. Growing up in East Anglia, Ajay initially became interested in wetland birds. As a teenager, he volunteered at his local nature reserves, which inspired him to follow a career in nature conservation. Through his career, Ajay went on to work with seabirds, in particular terns, studying their breeding behaviour and contributing to national monitoring programmes. He has also studied wildflowers and seals, managing England’s largest Grey Seal colony during a period of rapid population growth. He presents BBC Two’s groundbreaking documentary Inside the Bat Cave alongside Lucy Cooke and Prof Kate Jones and has chalked-up numerous television appearances including the popular BBC nature programmes Countryfile, Coast, Winterwatch and a live appearance on Springwatch: Unsprung. Ajay has written a book about his experiences as a countryside ranger on Britain’s first coastal reserve, Blakeney Point in north Norfolk. This is also the subject of his first book which gives an insight into his unique experiences protecting wildlife on a remote stretch of England’s east coast. Ajay has previously worked as reserve manager at Lindisfarne in Northumberland. He currently works at Wicken Fen, Britain’s very first nature reserve, alongside 50 Highland cattle and over 100 Konik ponies. In his spare time, Ajay conducts wildlife surveys on farmland in the Norfolk Broads, championing and monitoring the success of habitat creation for nature on farms. Being a countryside ranger
Florence Wilkinson 28 November 7pm GMT

Wildlife in our cities

Florence is a writer, filmmaker and co-founder of birdsong recognition app and citizen science project Warblr. Her work has been featured on the BBC and in the Telegraph, the Pool, Vice and Grazia. Her first book, Wild City, is a journey into why we should engage with our fellow urban species, what we might see – if we only take the time to look – and how nature is adapting to human-engineered environments in unexpected and ingenious ways. Wild City
Professor Frank Rennie 5 December 7pm GMT

The secret life of the Corncrake

Frankie is Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland where he lives and works in the Outer Hebrides. Initially a geologist, he has pioneered the delivery of online education, primarily in sustainable rural development subjects and digital literacy. His main research interests lie in digital educational approaches to make good science more accessible. He has been an advisor to several government bodies and is a Fellow of seven learned societies. Frank continues to supervise research students and has been involved in developing and delivering various combinations of distributed learning opportunities and Open Educational Resources (particularly networked digital solutions for rural areas with international partners). He has published a diverse range of resources related to the natural environment, social development, and cultural aspects of rural issues, including over 36 books and e-textbooks. Further details: Contact or follow @frankrennie on Twitter Today, he will be talking about the lifecycle of the little-known Corncrake
Conor Jameson 12 December 7pm GMT

The Life of the naturalist W H Hudson

Conor Mark Jameson is a writer and naturalist. He is author of the books Silent Spring Revisited, Shrewdunnit, and Looking for the Goshawk. His current project is a book about the life and times of W H Hudson. Conor is also a feature writer and has written for television and radio. He worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and BirdLife International for 25 years, and has also worked for the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Conor describes himself as Scots-Irish, and Ugandan born, and, improbable as it may sound, he now lives in a forest clearing in fenland, north Cambridgeshire, UK. Remembering the original Urban Birder

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David — what a huge pleasure to be in conversation/conservation with you last night! And my Mum turned up. And my dad later, too, apparently. And another Macfarlane I’d never heard of. So many people saying nice stuff about the conversation, and all of that brought out by your generous, warm, informal style & friendliness.

Loved it. Thank you, my friend. Next time in person, please. With bins and birds!

Robert MacfarlaneNottinghamshire 19 June 2020

I highly recommend attending the ‘In Conservation With’ webinars hosted by David Lindo!

Kareemah ChopraTwitter, 20 June 2020

Kabir Kaul is a bright, amusing and articulate 14 year old who has his fingers in many pies and it was great to hear him enthusiastically share his knowledge about birds and the natural world.

Fran BeeLincolnshire, England

Hi David, absolutely loving the webinar series, super idea at this time especially, what a thrill to be able to learn from such talented people on such an intimate forum. And able to ask any questions too! Nevermind the more than generous token payment or even free!!

Thanks so much !!

Fianna and MacDublin, May 2020

I loved the Darren Woodhead ’in conversation with…’ session; thanks for putting it on. In particular, it was a real treat to watch Darren paint, and I’d love to see more of that. The early notebooks were fun too, as was the ‘how I got here…’ stuff – but it was the watercolour moving on the page that fascinated me.

I paint watercolours myself, and have recently spent a lot of time sitting by a hedge, trying to paint the birds there – which makes me acutely aware of Darren’s observational skills, and controlled yet fluid mark making. Gorgeous to watch.

More, please!

Clare DiproseBath, England