The 2015 AGM and Discovery Day will take place on Saturday 7th November at Bodmin College, Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1DD
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,
This year we have the following exciting and informative talks:
- 'The muddy princess and the frog' - Victoria Whitehouse, Head of Conservation
- 'The Trust, the sea, and me' - Ruth Williams, Marine Conservation Manager
- 'Wildlife encounters on our nature reserves' - Callum Deveney, Head of Nature Reserves
- Special Guest Speaker: ‘Where The Wild Things Are' by Ian McCarthy, EMMY and BAFTA Award winning BBC wildlife filmmaker
Ian was born in 1956 and grew up in the suburbs of north west London. Although he enjoyed watching the Sparrows and Starlings that lived in his garden from an early age he dreamt of traveling to wild and exotic places and of being amongst truly wild animals. Watching a wildlife film on television one day he suddenly realized that someone must be behind the camera working it. He knew instantly that was what he wanted to do when he grew up, he was nine at the time.
Forty four years later he is an award winning wildlife cameraman and stills photographer who for nearly 30 years has travelled the world filming on most of the BBC’s big landmark nature programs. Series such as Autumn Watch, Life in the Freezer, Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet have taken him to some of earths most remote wildernesses. In the years that span the filming of these landmark series Ian’s camera work has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy on three occasions. He was awarded an Emmy for his camera work on Blue Planet and a BAFTA for Life in the Freezer. Ian is one of the very few cameramen who has filmed from Life In The Freezer almost 20 years ago through to Frozen Planet in 2011.
For our Discovery Day Ian will be sharing his intimate relationship with nature and how he came to live and work in Cornwall via some of the most remote wildernesses on earth.
He will be welcomed to Discovery Day as our special guest speaker by our President, Professor Jan Pentreath.