Now in its third year, the British Wildlife Book Festival is a four-day event with thought-provoking presentations with natural history writers and photographers, screenings of documentaries, and guided walks to see the beautiful local wildlife.
In association with BBC Wildlife Magazine, the Festival is held at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey and this year will be run between 6-9 April 2020.
Talk: Monday 6 April, 8.30pm
John Craven, the long-serving presenter of BBC’s Countryfile, will be headlining the festival and discussing his recent memoir Headlines and Hedgerows.
Talk: Thursday 9 April, 8.30pm
Posing the questions in the ‘Evening with’ events, hosting the Festival and giving a talk about his latest book The Accidental Countryside will be Stephen Moss, one of Britain’s leading nature writers and long-term contributor to BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Brigit Strawbridge Howard
Talk: Thursday 9 April, 2.30pm
In her book Dancing With Bees: A Journey Back to Nature, Brigit Strawbridge Howard writes about her rekindling feelings of a relationship with nature.
Talk: Wednesday 8 April, 2.30pm
Kate Bradbury is a wildlife gardener, radio and TV broadcaster, and has written for a range of magazines including BBC Wildlife, and BBC Gardener’s World. She will be talking about her new book Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything, and she also recently published The Bumblebee Flies Anyway.
Talk: Wednesday 8 April, 8.30pm
Author, TV researcher and field director Ben Macdonald will discuss rewilding in the talk about his book Rebirding.
Talk: Monday 6 April, 4.30pm
Wildlife photographer and authors Andy Howard will be sharing his images from his two recent books, The Secret Life of the Cairngorms and The Secret Life of Mountain Hares.
Talk: Wednesday 8 April, 4.30pm
Tim Stenton is a wildlife photographer whose images of whales and dolphins have formed part of the guide to Europe’s Sea Mammals, which he also co-authored. His previous book focussed on the bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth.
Talk: Tuesday 7 April, 2.30pm
Former Wildlife Crimes Intelligence Officer, Alan Stewart recently published Walking With Wildlife, about his experiences of spending a year on a Scottish Estate.
Talk: Tuesday 7 April, 4.30pm
Lucy McRobert is freelance communications and marketing professional, and helped to set up the annual national campaign 30 Days Wild at The Wildlife Trusts, and has written 365 Days Wild.
Read her article on sexism in conservation, and foraging recipes from 365 Days Wild on the BBC Wildlife website.
Dr Hannah Mumby
Talk: Tuesday 7 April, 8.30pm
Dr Hannah Mumby is an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, researching human-elephant interactions and behavioural ecology of Asian elephants in Nepal. She will be speaking about her new book Elephants: Birth, Life, and Death in the World of the Giants.
Dr Erica McAlister
Talk: Thursday 9 April, 4.30pm
Following the success of her first book The Secret Life of Flies, the National History Musuem’s senior curator of Diptera Dr Erica McAlister will be speaking about her upcoming book, The Inside Out of Flies.
A full programme of the talks, walks and screenings can be found on the British Wildlife Book Festival website.
The Grant Arms Hotel is providing special rates for the British Wildlife Book Festival of £396 per person for four nights of dinner, bed and breakfast between 6-9 April, which includes all the author talks, and the guided walks and field trips each morning.
Otherwise guests can opt for fewer nights at £99 per person per night.