I must admit that animals have never really interested me that much. I was always far too excited about Ladybird history books to pay anything else much attention. By contrast, some of my school chums were obsessed with them. They and their families watched all the David Attenborough documentaries and one was a very enthusiastic member of the RSPB and did his bit of weekend ‘twitching’. Now, I have children of my own and so animals, and worse still, pets, have come home to roost, as it were.