Announcing New Wader Quest Patrons

The Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce that Tim Appleton MBE and Penny Robinson, the driving force behind Global Bird Weekend, have agreed to be joint Patrons of Wader Quest.

This couple will need no introduction to you if you have been following the meteoric success of Global Bird Weekend in its short life so far.

Tim and Penny launched Global Birding in August 2020, within a short few months it had captured the attention of literally tens of thousands of people. The aim was, through birds, to unite people across the world, bringing communities together, introducing family and friends new and old, to an appreciation of the environment around us. With two global events behind them the outcomes have been extraordinary and rewarding for both birds and humans!

            Tim wrote:                         

‘Firstly, I must thank the Trustees of Wader Quest for inviting both Penny and me to become Joint Patrons. This is a huge honour and we look forward to playing our role helping to inspire people across the globe to watch, enjoy and  conserve this amazing family of birds.

  The diversity of habitats used by waders make them some of the most iconic species in the world. Their incredible migrations are truly breath-taking and their global role as indicators of healthy wetlands are critical to safeguarding these vital habitats for so many species of wildlife.‘

Tim has had a lifelong career in conservation and management, his ethos is to bring people together, inspire them and help global conservation. Prior to creating and managing Rutland Water Nature Reserve, he worked for Sir Peter Scott at the world famous Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and introduced Ospreys as a breeding bird to England to Rutland Water in 1996. He was co-founder of the internationally renowned British Bird Fair at which he ran for 31 years. Tim has been awarded an MBE as well as the Cadbury medal for services to conservation.

Penny has had a lifelong interest in all forms of wildlife, travelling to record and write about her experiences. Her role in Global Birding is vital and has ensured its success by her personal approach to hundreds of contacts, using her skills on all platforms of social media. Her dedication to detail has inspired folks to take part and help raise funds for conservation, but above all, helping to build our global community.

Why not join TEAM WADER QUEST wherever you happen to be on the planet.

Help us to raise money for BirdLife International to protect wetlands around the world.

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