Wildlife Trust staff Rob Parry and Lizzie Wilberforce travelled to Rutland Water last month to promote the Wildlife Trusts at this year’s British Birdwatching Fair. They joined Wildlife Trust staff from all over the UK to help on the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts’ stand which was promoting the marine work of the Trusts, and our efforts to secure Living Seas. Also flying the flag for Wales at this spectacular show were Kate and Geoff Gibbs, from North Wales Wildlife Trust.The British Birdwatching Fair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, and is now a huge annual event attracting over 20,000 visitors over the three days of the show.
A key part of the stand was to promote the Wildlife Trusts’ national Petition Fish- asking people to sign scales to support the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), sanctuaries for our sea life. Wildlife presenter and cameraman Simon King came to the stand to encourage people to sign up to the petition, and other famous birders including Bill Oddie signed up too! If you wish to add your voice to our campaign and have not done so, you can sign online at http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/petitionfish
Members of the public also had the opportunity to find out all about our wonderful marine life, and WTSWW staff spent many happy hours in the sand pit showing children (of all ages…) how to identify all kinds of shorelife. It was also a great chance to talk to people about our marine work and nature reserves in Wales, and where to visit.
The British Birdwatching Fair is a fantastic event, with all manner of stands from wildlife holidays, to other conservation organisations, wildlife art, optics and all kinds of lectures and events such as “Just a Linnet” to enjoy. If you have never been, think about a trip for 2012. Keep an eye on their website at http://www.birdfair.org.uk/ and if you do go next year, do come and visit us on the Wildlife Trusts stand!