He had the room in raptures as he recounted stories about Sir Peter Scott's life and the history of the London Wetland Centre - which is 10 years old today. Later, we all retired to the Observatory for drinks and a buffet. I rubbed shoulders with a lot of the hierarchy at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. They are a nice bunch and have been very kind to me.
I strolled home feeling enthused after listening to the great man speak. I'm up at 4am tomorrow for a Dawn Chorus event with the Wildlife Trusts at Camley Street Nature Reserve, Kings Cross, London.
I better reach for the matchsticks.