Mark Fraser’s organization Big Cats in Britain will have their third annual conference in March 2009.
The venue is at the Marton Country Club near Teesside and the dates are the 20th to the 22nd. Attendance may be one day, two, or the entire weekend. It is your chance to meet local investigators and friends, talk to key mystery cat researchers and discuss the topic openly.
Tickets are full weekend £25 and one day £15.
Some researchers will have display stalls. Authors will be on hand to sell their books also. Overseas researchers may have posters and flyers of their own research, which will have been sent to the conference.
The itinerary so far is given below (please note, a couple more speakers will be added).
Program will be available at the venue for a modest price.
Stands & Displays
BCIB display stands
Field equipment display – N/V cameras, hides.
Northumbria Mammal Group
After each talk there will be a five to ten minutes audience question time.
Friday 20th March
17.00 – 18.00 Staff set up at venue informal get together
18.00 Gather at hotel bar
18.15 Welcome and introductions – Rick Minter (to be repeated in the morning)
18:30 30 minute film show made by BCIB
Saturday 21st March
09:00 Rest of displays set up, registration & chance to view the displays
09:20 Introduction by Rick Minter – weekend’s itinerary
10:00 30 minute film show made by BCIB.
10:45 The East Kilbride cat with Jimmy (confirmation needed)
11:20 Tea Break
11:40 Jonathan McGowan
14:30 Eddie Bell
15:30 Tea break
15:45 Di Francis
Sunday 22nd March
09:00 Welcome and introductions by Rick Minter
09.30hrs: Dr Peter McCue
10.45hrs: Brian Percival & Sam Ingleson
11.15hrs: Tea Break
11.35hrs: Chris Hall & local witnesses
14:00hrs Rick Minter
14.30hrs: Ian Bond followed by question time with the panel – (Researchers Panel: Di Francis – Eddie Bell – Mark Fraser – Dr Peter McCue – Ian Bond – Brian Percival – Rick Minter – Alan White – Shaun Stevens).
16: 30 Break
18:00 Raffle results and closing moments with Rick Minter
Rick Minter will be running workshops at the conference also, and Big Cats in Britain hopes to have the webcam running by then.
Tel: +44 (0)1642 317141
Fax: +44 (0)1642 325355
The Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Light snacks can usually be ordered throughout the day. The restaurant is open to non-residents (non-guests).
Breakfast starts at 7:15am and takes orders until 9:30am. Choice ranges from Full English to a continental style.
Coffee and tea is served throughout the day, so why not drop in with a friend.
Most affordable lunches can be ordered from 12 noon until 2pm. Menus normally vary from a selection of sandwiches to full a’la carte with an excellent choice of deserts.
Afternoon tea is served between 3:30pm to 5:30pm daily. Ranging from sandwiches, scones, toasted teacakes, cream cakes and pots of tea.
Dinner can be ordered from 5 to 9:15pm, Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, orders start from 7pm. The Restaurant offers a wide range of wines. Deserts are changed nightly.
If anyone has any problems with directions or need picking up from the train station, please do not hesitate to ask – ring Mark Fraser of Big Cats in Britain on 07766416211 (in the UK).