Follow that Bird

Date: Thursday 19 May 2016, at 7.30pm
Venue: Lowe Family Performing Arts Centre, Lindisfarne College, Pakowhai Road, Hastings
Admission: $10 member / $15 non-member
Bill Oddie
A presentation by Bill Oddie, author, actor, comedian, artist, naturalist and musician
Bill re-enacts his life-time journey from delinquent egg collector, to wrestling with puffins, and insulting the Queen. Suitable for a family audience, especially those of a nervous disposition. No babies please – for their sake!

One of the iconic comedy trio The Goodies, Bill Oddie is an author, actor, comedian, artist, naturalist and musician. He has become one of Britain’s leading public activists for conservation and has produced and starred in many wildlife series for the BBC.

In the 1960s, Bill Oddie OBE worked in theatre along with Tim Brooke Taylor and eventual Pythons Graham Chapman and John Cleese. Throughout the 1970s, he was one-third of the hugely successful TV show The Goodies, for which he also wrote and sang several Top Ten hits.

A birdwatcher since childhood, he established a reputation as an ornithologist in the 1980s and presented many natural history series for the BBC, including the ground-breaking live broadcasts Britain goes Wild (renamed Springwatch) which became a wildlife broadcasting phenomenon, and Autumnwatch. He is now more familiar on television as an avid conservationist and activist and has won a new generation of fans.

He has written a large number of books some of which are illustrated with his own paintings and drawings.  His latest book is a collection of writings titled Bill Oddie Unplucked (2015).

He has been awarded an OBE, the Peter Scott Memorial Award and the prestigious Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Medal for his services to the public understanding of the natural world and conservation.

Bill Oddie’s visit and this lecture is supported by The Royal Society of New Zealand

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