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Friday, 19 February 2010

WWT London Wetland Centre

One of the (many) things I love about working at Swarovski Optik is that we have the opportunity to support various conservation initiatives around the world. And as a perk of the job, I sometimes to get visit some of these great projects.

Last year offered the opportunity to visit the Kazakhstani Birdlife Partner ACBK's Sociable Lapwing project. Here are some of my posts about our birding trip to Kazakhstan, and one from Corey of 10000birds who was also there.

Last week I spent some time visiting some of our dealers in the London area, and got to stop off at the WWT's London Wetland Centre for a guided tour of the grounds. It was absolutely wonderful to find such a gem of a reserve in a city. Snipes feeding, Widgeon, Teal, kazillions of Moorhens... and a good few bitterns (who did not want to show).

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Swarovski Optik has recently become a partner/supporter/sponsor of the site and it was really cool to see the work they are doing there for myself.

Happy birding,
Dale Forbes


Chris said...

Hi Dale,
Yeh I remember very well this set of pictures of Kazakhstan... That was a good set... So what exactly is your job? Testing the new optic ;-) Have a ncie week end.

Dale Forbes said...

Hi Chris, mmm what exactly is my job. Let me try explain it quickly. I work in product/marketing management which means that half of my (our) job involves being familiar enough with technological advances to see what and how these could be implemented to create great products for the future, and then steering this product development so that the products end up as useful to the end-user as possible. the other part involves working on general marketing strategy and implementation for the company as a whole (in conjunction with sales and communications amongst others).

Product testing falls in to the first category. Supporting conservation projects somehow falls in to the second category although the conservation projects are mostly done for conservation's sake and any marketing benefit is seen as a sideline nice to have.