Finlay, through the staff he met at the A Focus On Nature conference, was invited behind the scenes of the Natural History Museum to view their extensive shark collection. He spent a very happy hour chatting with the head curator of fish about their shared passion for sharks. Reason enough for the Ullapool Shark Ambassador to head to London you would think, but the main reason for the trip was to attend the Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards. Finlay had been nominated in the Young Animal Hero category for all his wildlife and climate campaigning. It was a very posh do and we had a lovely meal with Gillian Burke (Springwatch) and Chris Packham CBE on our table of 8 !
The awards started and thankfully Finlay’s category was second so he didn’t too long to wait. Well when the video started the penny finally dropped that he had won ! He spoke with Steve Backshall and his wife Helen Glover about what he had been doing and was then presented with his award by Liz Bonin and Ben Fogle, who both went out of their way to say what a fantastic young man he was. They both plan to be in touch to discuss future events.
The surrealness continued next morning as Finlay was invited on to the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC2 to talk about his award and all his campaign work.
During dinner Finlay and Chris Packham discussed his shark fin campaign and Chris offered to help set up a parliamentary petition to raise awareness over the issue. Chris himself was there to present an award and also to receive the Outstanding Contribution award for all his amazing campaign work protecting wildlife and continuing to ‘Shout above the noise’ even in the face of all the abuse and death threats he receives.