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Tom Streeter, SBS Chairman had a chat with Kate Green about SBS and why we do what we do.

I'm no ornithologist, but I've done just about everything else in the British Countryside. I adore my SBS role now and hope we can deliver and make a difference.  I felt before that we were slightly treading water, although we had a lot of knowledge, and we are a very open and honest charity that's not afraid of the uncomfortable truths if they save songbirds.

My 10 year old daughter said "Daddy, you've got to save songbirds!" so that swung it

Dunnock by Tom Streeter

Dunnock by Tom Streeter

Fostering enthusiasm for birdwatching in primary schools is one of SBS's priorities. "If you can engage five, six, seven year olds with feeding birds, it will stay with them for life," maintains Mr Streeter.

Someone asked "Why do we need songbirds and the dawn chorus?" and my daughter answered "It's Nature's Voice" - If there's an audible noise, then all is well.  If it's not there, something is wrong.

Blue Tit on reeds by Tom Streeter

Blue Tit by Tom Streeter

Tom cites as a hindrance to biodiversity recovery the stand-off between some farmers and landowners with wildlife bodies and 'silly things happening', including the hanging of dead crows on BBC presenter Chris Packham's gate after Natural England's General License fiasco last year. "The polarisation that has taken off is causing stagnation", he observes. "Let's deal with the facts. We should all be working together, even if we're in different coloured shirts."

Read the full 6-page spread, including more of Tom's amazing photography in your Country Life magazine (January 22, 2020 issue)

Country Life Cover 22 01 2020

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