"Lazy Circles in the Sky” (A life-time in conservation)
About the event
In Jim's own words: "I can’t say I planned my life to be the way it has been; like the midden outside the cowshed, I just fell into it. Most of the jobs I have enjoyed did not exist when I was leaving school. They wanted me to be a policeman but I became a teacher of environmental studies. My first conservation job was as education officer to the Wildfowl Trust, then posts with the RSPB and BirdLife International that took me round the World. I had adventures and misadventures. Eventually I decided to go back to reserve work at Paxton Pits where, at the age of 68, I’m now working part time. A few years ago I won the BBC Wildlife Magazine Nature Writer of the Year award and the prize I chose was two weeks in Arctic Norway chasing sperm whales around. That was a bit different!"