The 2013 AGM and Discovery Day was on Saturday 9th November at Keay Theatre, Cornwall College, St Austell.
As a charity the Trust must hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year where Trustees are voted onto or step down from Council and our previous year's accounts are accepted. All Trust members can attend and vote at our AGM and we encourage our members to use this right. On the day we like to add additional entertainment and interest by way of talks delivered by Trust staff and guest speakers. This is the 'Discovery' part of the day, where attendees get to learn in depth about the Trust's conservation work. We welcome everyone, not just members, to attend the talks to learn about how Cornwall Wildlife Trust protects Cornwall's wildlife and wild places. We also have a range of information stands and sales goods on the day, including our wonderful Wild Cornwall calendar,
In 2013 we had the following exciting and informative talks:
Colin Speedie has lived all his life by or on the sea, and has enjoyed a lifelong fascination marine life. As a working yacht skipper, he was lucky enough to be invited to join whale and dolphin research projects around the UK, and for over twenty years made that part of his career. But his main interest was always the basking shark, and since 1999 to date he has worked on research projects to identify and protect key sites for the species.
In 2003 he founded the WiSe project, which provides training for commercial ecotourism boat operators, which has now seen nearly 3000 people attend a course.
For the last five years he and his wife have lived aboard their yacht, travelling the world, while he concentrates on his writing and photography
He was welcomed to our Discovery Day as Director of the Wildlife Trusts Basking Shark Project by our President, Professor Jan Pentreath.