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In Conversation with BBC Countryfile's Steve Brown: BIG Weekend Event

Join us for this up close and personal Q&A session with BBC Countryfile's Steve Brown. In this intimate session, you'll also have the opportunity to ask Steve your own questions.

About Steve…  

Steve is a broadcaster, Paralympian, public speaker, mentor and coach. RSPB supporters may be most familiar with Steve as a regular correspondent for BBC Countryfile.  In 2005 Steve became paralysed when he fell from a balcony and broke his neck. Soon after, he was introduced to wheelchair rugby and in 2012 he captained Great Britain at the London Paralympic Games.  More recently, Steve has also been given opportunities to indulge his fascination with the natural world and has worked for the BBC, on both Springwatch and Blue Planet UK. In April 2017 he became the latest member of the BBC's Countryfile team. He remarked that “it is worth every flat tyre, every muddy set of hands, every wet lap… I want to be judged on my performance. I’m hoping people will see it’s about ability, not disability.”  

Why Steve supports the RSPB… 

The RSPB has always had a place in my life. I can remember my dad taking me across their reserves as a young boy, bird book and binoculars in hand. I’ll never forget my excitement as I ticked off what I’d seen. At that age it wasn’t about the rarity of the bird, it was about the variety. Seeing so many different types of bird in different habitats and learning where they fitted in our ecosystem amazed the 10-year-old me. 

What Steve says… 

I grew up spending a lot of time in the countryside. Rambling through forests and looking for fossils on the beach. Every family outing was an adventure. Trees, seas, and skies all need to be protected so generations can still enjoy the world as I did as a young boy. 

Steve’s favourite bird…

I love birds of prey. Watching the marsh harriers in such high numbers on Sheppey is fantastic. 

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