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State of the Earth

This live discussion happened on Friday 21st August.

If you would like to watch a recording of the discussion please see below.

State of the Earth – Friday 21 August 7-9.30

For the third year running, Birdfair will host the ‘State of the Earth’ Question Time Event on the evening of Friday 21 August from 7.00- 9.30pm.

Based on the format of BBC Question Time, this event chaired by Dominic Dyer will bring together leading naturalists, broadcasters, scientists and campaigners to take questions from the Birdfair audience on a wide range of issues, ranging from species and habit protection to pandemics and climate change.

Our panel this year  are Dr Jane Goodall, Chris Packham, Lizzie Daly, Craig Bennett, Sir Ian Boyd , Liz Bonnin and Will Travers

Questions will be taken during the event online but if you would like to submit a question before hand please email

Photo credit Bill Wallauer

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In July 1960, at the age of 26, she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees at Gombe.

Equipped with a notebook, binoculars and a fascination with wildlife, Dr. Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through 60 years of ground-breaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

Today there are 23 Jane Goodall Institutes working to support the core programmes including TACARE, two sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees and Roots & Shoots, JGI’s environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for their community, animals and the environment in more than 65 countries.


Chris Packham CBE is a naturalist, broadcaster, writer, campaigner, photographer and filmmaker

He is presenter of BBC’s BAAFTA Award winning Springwatch, AutumnWatch and Winterwatch series

His autobiography ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ was released in 2016 and went to number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list in 2 weeks of publication

Chris is a vociferous opponent of the badger cull, HS2 rail project and a leading campaigner against driven grouse shooting


Lizzie Daly is a Welsh wildlife biologist, broadcaster, filmmaker and conservationist

Lizzie has worked as a presenter on BBC 2, National Geographic, Animal Planet and is now a host on BBC Earth Unplugged You Tube Channel




Craig Bennett started as Chief Excecutive of The Wildlife Trusts in April 2020, with the ambition of putting a third of the UK’s land and sea into nature recovery by 2030.

He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental campaigners”, by The Guardian as “the very model of a modern eco-general” and has been listed as one of the UK’s top “social media CEOs”.
Craig was previously CEO of Friends of the Earth where he refocussed the organisation on its unique role of empowering communities to take action to tackle the climate and ecological crisis. This resulted in a step-change in the scale and impact of the movement with over 200 new Friends of the Earth community groups set up during his tenure.


Liz Bonnin is a French Born Irish science, wildlife and natural history presenter, who has worked on television in both the Britain and Ireland.

Liz is a biochemist and wild animal biologist. Liz is known for presenting wildlife and science programmes including Galapagos, Blue Planet Live and Countrywise




Professor Sir Ian Boyd was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and the Environment, a post he held for seven years, and is currently a professor at the University of St Andrews. He previously served as the first Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute and as Director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit. Sir Ian is leading the move to sustainability at the University of St Andrews, chairing the institution’s Environmental Sustainability Board.
As a marine and polar scientist, Sir Ian spent 14 years leading a research programme in Antarctica and is a recipient of the Bruce Medal for Polar Science and the Polar Medal. He is Chair of the UK Research Integrity Office and a member of a number of other trusts and companies.

He was knighted in 2019 for services to Science and Economics in government.


Will Travers, OBE, is an internationally-renowned wildlife expert and President of the Born Free Foundation. He co-founded the charity alongside his mother, actress Virginia McKenna  OBE and the late Bill Travers MBE in 1984. The organization works to stop individual wild animal suffering, protect threatened species, promote compassionate conservation, help local communities co-exist with wild animals and keep wildlife in the wild.

Will is also a Board Member of Born Free USA, and is President of the Species Survival Network (SSN), an international coalition of more than 90 organisations committed to the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).  He has also advised the United Kingdom Government on matters relating to zoos, the use of wild animals in circuses and international wildlife trade.

Will is passionate about combining his love of wild animals and nature with empowerment and opportunities for people, especially the local communities that live alongside wildlife. That is why he is delighted to be a co-founder of The Hummingbird Initiative which aims to make life on earth better for all – one community at a time.

Will has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2012 for Services to Conservation and Animal Welfare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dominic Dyer is a wildlife and animal welfare campaigner, writer and broadcaster. He is currently CEO of the Badger Trust and Wildlife Advocate at Born Free. Dominic is also a Board Member of Wildlife & Countryside Link





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