Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Canopies and Corridors - Saving threatened habitats in Malaysian Borneo and India

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Bill Oddie.
Date and Time: 
Tuesday 4 November 2014, 6.30pm
Oriental Club
Open to Oriental Club members and their guests

Human population is expanding. Wild areas of the globe are shrinking. As their natural habitat disappears, large story-book mammals such as tigers, elephants and orang-utans face extinction. In view of this seemingly inexorable trajectory, reconciling human needs with the needs of other species seems all but impossible.

All but impossible, but not impossible, argue Bill Oddie and Mary McEvoy, who will be giving a guest lecture entitled Canopies and Corridors - Saving Threatened Habitats in Malaysian Borneo and India at the Oriental Club on Tuesday 4 November.

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During the lecture Bill and Mary will describe the work of international conservation charity, World Land Trust (WLT). By funding land acquisition in partnership with overseas conservation organisations, WLT has been carrying out its mission to protect the world’s natural ecosystems, biodiversity and endangered species since 1989.

In India, Malaysian Borneo and other parts of the world, WLT and its partners have successfully saved natural habitat for species on the brink of extinction. And, as the price of land sky rockets, so WLT has had to become ever more tactical in its land acquisitions. By protecting wildlife ‘corridors’ in both India and Malaysian Borneo, WLT has been able to increase the survival chances of tigers, elephants and orang-utans, along with all the other creatures that share the same habitat.

Bill Oddie is a broadcaster, actor, television presenter, writer and musician. He is also a keen birdwatcher and conservationist and a member of WLT Council. He has written a number of books about birds and birdwatching, as well as articles for many specialist publications including British Birds, Birdwatching Magazine and BBC Wildlife. One of his first forays in the world of television natural history was in 1985, as the subject of a Nature Watch Special: Bill Oddie - Bird Watcher. Since then he has hosted many successful nature programmes, and he spends as much time as possible out in the field with his binoculars.

Mary McEvoy

Mary McEvoy, WLT Conservation Programmes Manager. © WLT.

Mary McEvoy is World Land Trust’s Conservation Programmes Manager. A graduate in tropical environmental science, Mary joined WLT in September 2008 after three years working in the UK ecological consultancy sector and volunteering on various conservation projects abroad. Mary is the primary contact for WLT’s Programme Partners in Asia and Africa and is also responsible for developing new projects, particularly within Asia and Africa.

Drinks will be served from 6.30pm, and the lecture will start at 6.45pm. Drinks and canapés will also be served following the lecture. Members and their guests are welcome and the cost per person is £22.50 per head. Please contact to reserve places.

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