Bill Oddie: News of the Wild
Join World Land Trust’s (WLT) special guest, Bill Oddie, for an evening of wildlife adventures as part of the Halesworth Arts Festival which runs from 8-23 October.
Bill Oddie has been at the forefront of comedy and conservation for more than 4 decades, reaching new audiences all the time with his special blend of humour, wit and knowledge. He is a regular visitor to East Anglia which provides him with some of his favourite birdwatching haunts.
Bill has been a supporter of the World Land Trust for more than two decades and assigns the Public Lending Rights for all his books to the Trust’s Green Ink project. He is an official WLT Ambassador and has travelled to WLT project areas in remote parts of South America and Africa.
After the Event
Bill Oddie gave an entertaining and informative talk about his adventures visiting nature reserves funded by the World Land Trust (WLT), showing photos and video clips from his trips to Patagonia, Brazil and Zambia. He also shared his exploits wildlife spotting in and around Suffolk, home to some of his favourite bird watching spots.
The second half included edited highlights from “The Great Bird Race”; an entertaining clip from 1983 that saw Bill and friends competing against a team from Country Life magazine in this East Anglian charity bird race raising funds for conservation.
It was during this fundraising event that Bill first met John Burton (WLT’s CEO), who was then chief executive of Fauna and Flora Preservation Society (now called Flora and Fauna International). Six years later, John founded WLT and Bill has now been a supporter of our work for over two decades.
At the end of his talk, Bill kindly donated one of his wildlife paintings of a Long Tailed Shrike for the silent auction, raising £150 for WLT’s work. In total over £1,500 was raised on the night for WLT's most urgent conservation projects.
Thanks to Bill and the Halesworth Arts Festival for hosting this fundraiser and thank you to everyone who joined us on the night to make it such a successful event.
Bill Oddie demonstrates the destruction of the Atlantic Rainforest during his presentation at the Halesworth Arts Festival.