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Dippers of the Altai

February 23 @ 18:30

In the course of his work as a biologist in Mongolia, Andrew Laurie (a Shropshire born zoologist) followed up on a childhood fascination with White-throated Dippers on the Teme near Ludlow, by finding out more about their lives in the Altai. They look different there, and unlike in Europe, the males constantly feed their mates during incubation. As in Europe, they are restricted to unpolluted streams and rivers and are good indicators of water quality. Now resident in Cambridge, Andrew has made four films that focus on Dippers in Mongolia and also reflect in general on wildlife conservation in Mongolia. He is cameraman, director and editor, and works with a small, enthusiastic field crew in Mongolia.

Andrew spent a lot of his childhood watching animals, and studied biology at Cambridge, doing doctoral research on the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros in Nepal and India. After a seven year research fellowship studying Marine Iguanas in the Galapagos he went on to work on wildlife conservation projects, including planning and policy development, mainly in China, Mongolia, Tanzania and Sri Lanka, with shorter assignments in Vietnam, Laos, Cape Verde, and the Cook Islands. He is concerned about the rapid loss of wild species and their habitats around the world, and keen to help in establishing better behaviour patterns in humans, through both governmental policy and its implementation, and actions taken by the general public and non-governmental organizations to protect the natural environment on which we all depend.

Andrew is currently editing the fifth film in the series, based on footage shot during July 2023.

Enjoy a pre-show supper at Bill’s Kitchen before this talk by simply booking for food when you book your ticket.

Two men with cameras watching birds by a river in Mongolia


February 23
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