Talk Will Champion Beauty Of Wildlife

4 May 2011

Stephen Moss

BBC producer Stephen Moss will deliver a talk in the Courtroom, Kedleston Road site.

Through the work of Stephen and others we have a situation today where people have more opportunities to be actively involved with nature and citizen science, which has been encouraged through programmes such as Springwatch

University of Derby Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Rosemary Horry.

In the season of the dawn chorus, leading wildlife writer, broadcaster and television producer Stephen Moss visits the University of Derby next week to discuss the magic of nature.

Stephen will deliver a talk entitled: Birds Britannia: What Have Birds Ever Done For Us? The event takes place in the Courtroom at the Kedleston Road site on Wednesday, 11 May at 6.30pm.

He has travelled all seven continents in search of birds and wildlife. He is a series producer at the BBC Natural History Unit producing series including Big Cat Diary, Springwatch, The Nature of Britain and Birds Britannia working with presenters such as Sir David Attenborough, Bill Oddie, Alan Titchmarsh, Simon King, Jonathan Scott, Charlie Dimmock, Kate Humble and Michaela Strachan.

Stephen writes a monthly column for the Guardian on birdwatching and regularly contributes to BBC Wildlife, Gardeners World and Countryfile Magazines and other specialist bird magazines. A regular on BBC Radio Four, Stephen has presented several series on birdsong. He has also found time to write more than 20 books on wildlife.

University of Derby Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, Rosemary Horry who has organised the event, said: "Stephen Moss is a fascinating, talented man, who is not only a film producer but also a writer and broadcaster.

"His talk starts with a brief review of how the BBC Natural History Unit has changed over the years from it's creation in 1957; when most people's only chance to see the natural world was depicted on their television screen. He will then look at Birds Britannia in more depth.

"Over the intervening years the unit has inspired generations to go out and explore both the UK and overseas. More than any organisation the Natural History Unit and series producers such as Stephen Moss have brought the natural world into people's homes."

"Through the work of Stephen and others we have a situation today where people have more opportunities to be actively involved with nature and citizen science, which has been encouraged through programmes such as Springwatch."

"The increasing popularity of these programmes has enabled further projects such as Birds Britannia which has promoted the inclusion of academics with the programmes. Hopefully the talk will inspire students from all the University's faculties and the general public to become more concerned and involved with protecting this beautiful planet by reminding them that we live in an incredible world."

Visit: www.derby.ac.uk/moss for more information and to book a place at the event at the University.

For more information contact Deputy Head of Corporate Relations Simon Redfern on 01332 591942 or 07748 920038 or email s.redfern@derby.ac.uk

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