Amy Key Lecture 2018 with BBC Winterwatch’s Gillian Burke

This year’s Amy Key Lecture promises a fabulous insight into our country’s incredible wildlife with biologist, filmmaker and the latest member of the BBC’s Winterwatch team Gillian Burke lined up as guest speaker on Friday 27 April.

Gillian joined the ranks of the hugely popular BBC2 series last autumn and you may well have seen her presenting special reports from the west coast of Scotland this January, braving the high winds on the southern top of Islay.

She said: “I was born in Kenya but have claims to African, Native American, European, Polynesian, Asian and Oriental heritage. My forebears were slaves and princesses, pastoralists and cartographers, sailors and lawyers. They crossed continents and pushed past social barriers.  With ancestors like these, I had little choice but to continue their journey.

From lawless frontiers in the heart of the Amazon to the Canadian Arctic and the rainforests of Borneo, my work has taken me to six of the seven continents to film animals as diverse as condors, anacondas, grey whales and funnel-web spiders. 

I now have the privilege of celebrating British wildlife as a presenter on the BBC’s much-loved Springwatch programmes. I love getting people excited about the wildlife on these shores, for no other reason than it is all part of the beautifully complex fabric of life on earth.

As a scientist, wildlife filmmaker and TV presenter, I have navigated a career that most would not consider the natural domain for a woman – let alone a woman of colour. I am a couple of decades ahead of the girls at Truro High School for Girls and believe these are exciting times for these young women. With stories from my own personal journey, I hope to show how far we have come in realising the dream of equal opportunity and equal representation for all, and what work there is still left to do.”

The lecture takes place on Friday 27 April so book your place now for an evening that’s sure to be a real walk on the wild side.

Tickets are priced at £35 to include a delicious three course dinner with a welcome drink on arrival. The evening commences at 6.30pm.

Tickets can be booked by downloading the booking form by clicking here and emailing it to Mrs Harriet Andrew on

The Amy Key lecture was first established by the Old Girls’ Association (OGA) six years ago and takes its name from the school’s first headmistress. It is intended to inspire the pupils who are leaving and welcome them into the OGA. Each of the leavers is presented with a badge by the speaker.