Monday 24 October 11am The Beacon £5 A good-news story! Join nature writer Nicola Chester as she charts the decline and rise of the intriguing and much-loved wild animal, the otter. The author of the RSB book Otters (Bloomsbury 2014), Nicola will discuss how the recovery of otters from the very brink of extinction in Britain is one of the great conservation success stories of the 21st century. She will reflect on how otters have inspired our imagination and culture and remind us that if a river runs through your life-it’s likely an otter does too!
Nicola will be introduced by Sally Wellington, Letcombe Brook Officer. During the q and a session, there will also be a chance to ask Sally about the otters living in our local chalk stream.
About the author
Nicola Chester lives in the village of Inkpen, nestled below the big curve of Walbury Hill, the highest chalk hill in the country.
After winning The BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Nature Writer of the Year award more than a decade ago, Nicola has been writing professionally ever since. She has written a nature column for The Newbury Weekly News for the last 12 years and contributes a regular column on wildlife and families for the RSPB’s nature’s Home magazine as well as feature articles for the Junior RSPB membership. Apart from her book Otters , Nicola has contributed to the recent anthologies Spring and Summer ( Elliott and Thompson 2016 ) edited by Melissa Harrison.
When Nicola is not reading, writing, doing the family washing or being a school librarian, she is often found sat outside a badger sett or tracking deer, watching the birds or fox cubs – honing her fieldcraft.
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