Alan Titchmarsh Show ITV1 Thursday 7th February 2013
Roger Tabor discusses with host Alan Titchmarsh, famed birder Bill Oddie & the Cats Protection vet about cats and whether they are the number one killer of birdlife in the wake of a recent American paper that claims billions of birds are being destroyed in the US. On the show a crate labelled “dangerous animals!” was opened to find 2 pet cats who were picked up by Alan & Roger. Alan asked “Is the cat the most dangerous destroyer of birds” and Roger replied no, we are the most dangerous animal. Roger said that he is both a naturalist and cat specialist. Roger pointed out that in the US positions over cats and wildlife are much more polarised than in the UK, where the real test is not numbers caught but whether cats are affecting species survival. He said that in the UK the RSPB & BTO are more sensible. [Roger’s view is supported by the RSPB who state “there is no scientific evidence that predation by cats in gardens is having any impact on bird populations UK-wide” and also by the State of UK’s Birds 2012 report which identifies changes in land use as the major problem].
“Must Love Cats” on ‘Animal Planet’
Premiere transmission in USA Saturday 24th March 2012
Roger Tabor was filmed with ‘Must Love Cats’ host John Fulton talking about Roger’s cat-nav and cat-cam cat range and behaviour project. The American show visited Roger’s 400 year old cottage in England for the programme ‘English Kitties & Stowaway Cats’. The featured cat ‘star’ monitored by Roger was a female black & white small-town cat which was found to have a much wilder life outdoors than her contented home life suggests.
The Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show Live on BBC Radio2 Tuesday 2nd August 2011
Roger was a guest on Chris’ programme to solve why cats were attracted to sit on Moira Stewart when she doesn’t like cats! Roger’s answer clearly met with Chris’ approval who said it was “beautifully described by Roger, - what an eloquent speaker! The cats of Great Britain are in good hands, - Roger is there for you!”
BBC1’s Breakfast with
Live on Monday 18th July 2011
Roger talked about the ‘Secret Lives of Cats’ project on BBC1’s Breakfast on location in Suffolk. Featured was one of the project’s ‘stars’ Freddie, a neutered male tabby cat that ranges over 6 acres (followed by micro-GPS) encompassed by field hedgerows in which he hunts. His ‘catcam’ revealed Freddie also spent a fair bit of time snoozing on straw bales in a barn or near his owner Jim in the farmhouse. [Picture of Roger and cat Freddie with his owner Jim Fowler]
Report & Documentary - report published 15th july 2011
Roger Tabor led the “Secret Lives of Cats” study, which used a combination of micro GPS trackers and lightweight ‘cat-cams’, and was backed by a survey of 3,000 cat owners and Roger’s extensive feline experience. Until recently GPS receivers were too heavy and cumbersome for small animals to comfortably carry, but technological advances have miniaturised receivers so we could follow unseen the day & night journeys of our feline ‘stars’. Some similarly carried new lightweight cameras so we could see the world through our cat’s eye view. Relating these components together has given us a privileged feline view into the secret world of cats.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support
Roger visited the Japan Cat Network Kansai Shelter to meet David Wybenga co-founder of Japan Cat Network, in early May 2011 following the March 11th earthquake and Tsunami.
The JCN is a non-profit organisation dedicated to trap-neuter-return programmes to help Japan’s stray cat population, but following the devastation and resultant meltdowns in Fukushima nuclear power plants, JCN joined forces with two other animal welfare organisations in Japan to form Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support (JEARS). The combined disaster has been horrific for the people in the affected areas, but to add to that in the radiation exclusion zones people were facing long term eviction and no facilities for their pets and other animals, causing an animal welfare crisis and additional distress to owners.
Roger Filming "Joanna Lumley: Catwoman" 2009
Joanna Lumley : Catwoman ITV1 7pm Sunday 6th & 13th September 2009; repeated ITV3 at 9pm 3rd & 4th January 2011
Roger Tabor was seen with Joanna in both programmes in her mini-series in which she looked at how we live with and have lived with cats. Joanna, famed as Purdy in the “New Avengers” and Patsy in “Absolutely Fabulous”, and who became dubbed the “Goddess of the Gurkhas” for her key role in gaining proper treatment for them from the British Government, has now revealed her love of cats in these programmes.
Ian Leese, the director of the series said of Roger’s role in the programmes :
“Its great! Roger really ties it together as the scientific or biological underpinning of the series”
Roger filmed with Joanna at the Supreme Show, discussing the range of breeds, and some of the problems. He and Joanna were filmed in 2009 at a house in Kent sitting on a sofa surrounded by cats, when the word came through from the Prime Minister’s office that THE announcement would be made the following morning about the change of policy over the Gurkhas. Roger had the privilege of being able to be the first to congratulate Joanna on her achievement.