This issue we focus on JNCC Committee member Morgan
Parry. Morgan is Chair of the Countryside Council for
Wales and a member of the Climate Change Commission for Wales.
He was a founder member of Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales, the
Sustainable Development Forum for
Q. Species that inspired you as a child?
A. I grew up in the city of Liverpool and
apart from the usual boyish fascination with worms and
daddy-long-legs, I don't remember being that interested in
nature! It was my first journey to South America as a student
that gave me my first emotional contact with nature, canoeing on
the Amazon and seeing pink river dolphins at close quarters.
I've felt the same way many times since, at home and abroad.
Q. What concerns you most about the natural world in the next
A. The human race, and our
ever-growing wastefulness and greed. Our ability to push wild
nature to the edge of extinction and the margins of our
consciousness. Since we are doing nothing to reduce our use
of energy, we will inevitably move into the last remaining wild
places to extract more fossil fuels and grow unsustainable energy
Q. What do you do when you're not saving the
A. Drink good beer, watch rugby, read
Q. What is your favourite place?
A. The summit of Garn Fadryn at
sunset, the Ty Coch pub at Portdinllaen in summer, or the
wildflower meadow behind our house in May. With my wife and
children, so we can relive the experience later. I like being
on high mountains on my own though...
Q. Who is your human hero in the natural world?
A. Andrew Lees, who was Campaigns Director at Friends of the
Earth until his death in Madagascar 15 years ago. I don't
believe in heroes - but Andrew was a determined and passionate
environmentalist, often irritating, frequently wrong but the
cleverest and most resourceful campaigner for conservation that I
Q. What's your pet hate in nature conservation?
A. The proliferation of tiny,
single-issue groups, all competing for resources and
attention. Imagine how powerful we'd be if we all joined
Q. Desert Island Disc?
A. Jackson Browne, For Everyman.
Q. Place you'd most like to visit?
A. Borneo, on route for New Zealand,
for next year's Rugby World Cup, on a big square-rigged wooden
sailing ship. The journey would be as important as the
Q. What would you like to achieve in your time at
A. Get through the next couple of
years as best we can without losing too many good staff, then see
renewed investment from our governments in science and in the
conservation of public spaces and public assets.
Q. When I'm reincarnated I'm coming back as a
A. Native American, before the
European settlers arrived.