Meet the team who will guide you through a week exploring the places young Gerald considered to be his playground during his childhood on Corfu.
Most of you will be familiar with the world-famous botanist – David B as we call him, due to the fact that there are three Davids on the team! Therefore what more needs to be said other than he is a gentle giant, willing to share his decades of knowledge with whoever is interested – amateur or expert. We are very privileged to have this octogenarian on our team – who is fitter now than most of us will ever be!
Most of you will know Lee from Gerald Durrell’s wonderful entertaining books. Best known, of course, is My Family and Other Animals, part of The Corfu Trilogy, all set in Corfu. Gerald started a wildlife conservation organisation which is now known as Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, of which Lee is Honorary Director. The Trust is famous throughout the world for conservation work to save endangered species. Lee is a leading expert in animal behaviour and breeding programmes.
Again we are so fortunate to have someone with such expertise and enthusiasm for Corfu and the island Gerald referred to as ‘paradise’ and ‘home’. Lee brings in a refreshing dimension to not only the island itself but her specific knowledge on the wildlife and environmental issues on Corfu.
David, affectionately known as Chunkie, was once David Bellamy’s PhD student and is now a close friend. Chunkie is a great asset to the Gerald Durrell Week, as a botanist, campaigner on environmental conservation, a lecturer at Durham University on Mediterranean ecology and the history of European vegetation. He is currently writing a book on the differences between Gerald’s Corfu and the present day.
The third David was the Managing Director of The Durrell School of Corfu. He is a strong supporter of compassionate farming, originally trained in agriculture, specializing in genetics, at Lancaster University. He has managed several commercial farms before taking up the reins of managing the largest city educational farm in London, The Mudchute. His farming career led him to take his family back to Cornwall, in order fulfill his life’s aim and run his own farm. David now lives in Corfu and spends his time between renovating houses and enjoying the wildlife in Corfu’s countryside.
Alex was one of the founder directors of The Durrell School of Corfu when it was founded in 2002. She was the Administrative Director of the School until it’s closure in 2014. Alex is responsible for coordinating the Gerald Durrell Week and keeps the accommodation, transport and programme running as smoothly as the culture of the island and participants allow.