'Felbrigg is a special place. Sharing that with my grandkids has been a real joy'
Trevor, Felbrigg Hall
For 50 years Trevor has pursued a passion for bird watching that first captured his imagination as a six-year-old boy. Now his two youngest grandchildren are starting to follow in his footsteps. School holidays are a time for exploring Felbrigg Hall, Trevor's local birding patch in Norfolk. Here, the family are brought closer together by a shared love of nature.
'I don’t see my grandkids anywhere near as much as I used to see my kids.
Their world is so fundamentally different from my own. They have so much more available to them in terms of access to information. But the experience is much more remote.
I’m passionate about my bird watching. Half a mile away from here I can see a bird that has flown half way around the world. All those thousands of miles, a tiny little fluff ball, and there it is in a bush and I’m looking at it and listening to it and thinking "how did you get here - and where will you be tomorrow?".'
'The fact that there’s the joy and the spontaneity of them showing an interest in something that you’re interested in is just a miracle.
They seem to rock up at most school holidays. Half a mile down the lane there's a fabulous estate. One way or another we all end up in Felbrigg. It’s a really special place and sharing that with my grandkids has been a real joy in my life.'
" To get youngsters interested in the natural world you’ve actually got to get out there and feel it and smell it and touch it, because there's a lot of things that compete for their attention."
'You can see it in their eyes when they come across something that’s of interest. Those shared moments connect humans at a different level.'
Something quite unique
'I’ve become much more conscious of the importance of conservation for the future generations to come. I’ve seen populations of birds below the hundreds and it’s a humbling experience to think that they may not be around in the next ten years. Just something quite unique, gone for good.
Enthusiasm is infectious, anybody that is passionate will impact on youngsters.
Birds are exquisitely beautiful, they are absolutely immaculate works of art. What’s the point of seeing a really nice rare bird if you can’t share it with somebody else?'