London Wetlands Centre: Hilary Bradt Q&A

Hilary Bradt knows a thing or two about wildlife. Renowned for her offbeat travel books – she has more than 130 titles to her name – Bradt has done everything from barge down the Amazon to crawl between tree trunks in the Madagascan rain forest.

This 1 November, Bradt is headed to the London Wetlands Centre for the Biosphere Expeditions flagship day, where she’ll chat with guests about her travels to the far corners of the globe. The event will also feature a showcase of wildlife artist Mark Adlington’s unpublished work and will let those in attendance experiment with camera traps, radio telemetry and GPS.

Gearing up for her talks, Bradt tells LondonNet her tips for travelling, spotting rare animals and whether to drink the water on trips.

What should visitors look forward to seeing at the Wetlands Centre?
The London Wetlands Centre is the home of ducks, geese and swans from all over the world, including endangered species.

What type of equipment do you use during your own travel?
It depends on the trip, whether backpacking or travelling with a group. The essentials are binoculars, a water bottle and purifiers (to avoid buying local bottled water when bottles are not recycled) and a daypack.

Describe one of your best encounters with wildlife while on a trip.
A very rare twig-mimic snake that I found during a recent trip to Madagascar.

What are a few things you can’t live without while travelling?
Book (novel), notebook and pen or pencil.

Name one species you’d like to get close to on a future trip.

– Jill Hilbrenner