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Alison champions the Cheetah!

Some fascinating narrative with beautifully illustrated wildlife shots
Alison Mees guest speaker at NRPS on Thursday, provided a first class end to our planned Zoom weekly sessions before we launch our summer outdoor meetings programme. An enthusiastic supporter of Cheetah Conservation, Alison has “lived the African Dream” for many years, in Tanzania, the Serengeti and the Mara regions. Her stories told of her time there are as vibrant and inspirational as the images she showed, during what was a truly memorable evening. Her website is worth a look too !

We witnessed the wildlife of the steamy Seleus Reserve and the, wonders of the Serengeti through Alison’s lenses that faithfully recorded the colour of the birdlife in the landscapes of the bush, as well as the elegance of the Masai and their endeavours to balance a traditional lifestyle with the demands of tourism.

Sensitive to the rhythms of life in the fascinating land that is Africa, Alison took us with the Wildebeest on their annal migrations, to the land of the Buffalo where the conflict with the Lions is an ever-present threat, before enthralling us with tales of survival of the Cheetahs that have been central to her love of all things African since she first encountered Born Free as a five year old. She appeared to know the animals personally, readily identifying them by spots and scars, naming and following them through the bush, chasing sunsets and sundowners as well as Baboons and Honey Badgers, so that we felt we had been with her on the journeys. It was a magical tour that members were privileged to share, and one that will stay with us for sometime to come I am sure.

It was good to see Margot Witcombe on Zoom following support and encouragement from Bill Collett to take the digital plunge! Next week members who can will venture to Portishead for an afternoon led by Suzanne Ladd that is eagerly anticipated as the first of what we hope will be a number of outings to remember in the summer months. We shall also be planning our delayed gathering to celebrate the 2020 Pictures of the Year awards over a light meal so we can fully round off a very strange year.

Jenny Short .