In a rare bit of good news for the nation’s youth, a new natural history GCSE means 16 year olds might one day appreciate fauna as much as they do Fortnite.

Author & conservation goddess Mary Colwell is the driving force behind the 10 yr + campaign to persuade the UK government to introduce this new qualification, no mean feat given the introductions they prefer to make are between plutocrat A and party fundraiser B. ALLEGEDLY.

We natter to Mary about how on earth she got this campaign over the line – featuring Bond-style train chases, among other things – as well as the spell-binding power of the natural world, and why she’s cur-razy about curlews [sorry, ed.].

So strap in for an immensely heart-warming chat with someone to whom future generations may owe a significant debt.

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