Welcome to Antony Mould – a new Langdyke trustee and the board secretary.
As part of a new series on the website – Langdyke people – we asked him a few questions about himself. Here are his answers …
Name: Antony Mould
Role in Langdyke: Board Secretary and Trustee
In your role with the Trust what areas do you specialise/lead in?Taking minutes! Aside from that I’m not really sure yet as I’ve only just become a Trustee.
What got you involved with the Trust?
My first encounter with Langdyke was via the Wildlife Trust, when I was trying to find a nature reserve where my brother-in-law could take school children to do some practical work for their Duke of Edinburgh Award. However, my first real involvement was in 2012, when I carried out a baseline reptile survey for the Trust at Swaddywell Pit.
Favourite place in nature:
Given the chance I would always go back to Alaska – the scale of true wildnerness out there is breath-taking. But back home in the real world, Castor Hanglands has always been a special place for me, going to listen to the nightingales with my dad. I live in Barnack, so I really do need to give a shout out to Hill and Holes too
What do you most love about nature?
Hmmm … octopuses are pretty cool. Or what about … how life has evolved and adapted to fill every little niche on our planet. There are millions of species out there, all with their own unique ways of life and individual stories to tell – it’s mind blowing.
Things that make you happy …
Crawling around in roof spaces and caves looking for bats. Listening to and identifying birds when I’m walking along, without realising I’m doing it. Finding long-tailed tit nests. Seeing all the different bugs and beasties that pop up in my scruffy little garden. Seeing my two small girls happily exploring when we’re out on a woodland walk
Things that really annoy you …
Questions like ‘what’s the point of wasps?’, and the underlying assumption that all things have a purpose that benefits us. Chris Packam did a really good segment on wasps recently, highlighting just how fascinating and misunderstood these animals really are.
What is your hope for nature in the next ten years?
I do find it difficult to be optimistic about the future, especially when you look at the state of nature globally. But at least climate change and wildlife extinction are now properly on the agenda. In the UK, I hope the changes to agricultural subsidies really do result in large-scale, long-term benefits for environment. I think that the emergence of ‘wilding’ is really exciting, and it’s encouraging to see landowners starting to embrace the idea