Founded 1876

Northamptonshire Natural History Society

Mike Gibson
CT Sampson

11 November 2011

The Humfrey Lecture 2011

'Inside Natures Giants'


Simon Watt

The Society was delighted to welcome Simon Watt for its annual Humfrey Lecture this year. He agreed at short notice to come when our original speaker Richard Terry had to pull out due to filming work.

Simon is an Evolutionary Biologist, Science Communicator and Television Commentator and was part of the team which filmed the Bafta award winning series 'Inside Natures Giants'. His new series which was filmed in Africa 'The Elephant: Life After Death' was recently transmitted on Channel 4.

He captivated a large audience with a fascinating insight into the challenges that arise when dealing with wild animals and the unusual methods he needed to adopt in order to achieve such outstanding results. His sense of humour was infectious and his pictures and commentary were a delight as evidenced by the number of questions showered on him at the end of the lecture. We were reluctant to let him go as we left with thoughts of exploding whales, armour plated crocodiles and a snake regurgitating a whole deer so that it could escape danger more quickly. Many other aspects of the amazing work which is carried out by Simon and his team will remain with us for a long time.

Members of the audience were keen to purchase copies of the book of the series 'Inside Natures Giants' which were individually signed by Simon including a copy for the NNHS library.

We look forward to another of this Bafta award winning series which is currently being filmed and is expected to be shown on Channel 4 early in the New Year.

Jo Underwood,
Past NNHS President.

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