Tonight's talk was with Martin Goymour, founder of Banham Zoo. Martin told us how founding and being part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), a registered charity, has enabled Banham Zoo and the other parks to secure their long term futures, with the primary aims to the advancement of education, zoology, animal welfare, environmental protection and continue with the important work undertaken for wildlife conservation across the world. It was a fascinating talk and not only did we learn about Martin's formative years and his founding of Banham Zoo but also just how altruistic the zoos around the world have become sharing, for free, their animals and babies/cubs where and when they are needed across the world of zoos. Work that is not generally known or broadcast but that is about enabling zoos everywhere to have healthy animals in the right numbers.
Each autumn/winter we hold a series of fascinating talks in aid of a local charity. This year's Talk of Wells is in aid of the National Coastwatch Institution, Wells Lookout. Staffed 365 days of the year by volunteers, the Wells Coastwatch team watch over the tidal Outer Harbour Channel used by all vessels entering the port including twelve inshore fishing boats, local leisure sailors, a busy sailing school, windsurfers, water skiers as well as the busy Outer Harbour used by the windfarm support vessels. They also watch over the beach, the tidal area of Bob Halls Sand and have a distant view of the Rotterdam to Hull east coast shipping lane.