Pakham show raises money for Strathbeg

The Loch of Strathbeg near Crimond
The Loch of Strathbeg near Crimond

Celebrity naturalist Chris Pakham was in Aberdeen last week to give a talk at the city’s Music Hall, with all proceeds going to the Chairman’s Appeal to fund local conservation projects, particularly at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg.

Pakham, who most notably presents “Springwatch” on BBC2 visited local primary schools in the area before performing at the city centre venue.

The talk, which took place last Tuesday, was part of the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of Aberdeen and District RSPB.

Speaking ahead of the show Mr. Pakham said the talk didn’t aim to be a science lecture.

“There is a lot of conservation talk in the show which is of course core to the RSPB’s work.

“Hopefully well be recruiting a few new members, a bit of entertainment and a few challenging questions at the end.”

The former “Really Wild Show” host also spoke on the work that the Aberdeen and District RSPB has done over the last 40 years and the work it still needs to do.

“They’ve made a lot of progress in the last 40 years, they’ve learned a lot about the species and the habbitats that we want to conserve but during the course of that time those habbitats and species have come under increasing pressure.”

“We must continue to work harder and harder to look after the resources we have got.”

Mark Sullivan of the RSPB was delighted with the fund’s which helped the group beat the initial targets they had set themselves.

“The Chris Pakham event has helped us raise more money than we initially targeted.

“We’ll be using the funds for local events across Aberdeenshire but also for education, as we believe educating the next generation of conservationists is very important.

“In total, the funds raised have been in excess of £5000, which is brilliant.”