Bug Mad Girl had heard about the WWT's Flight of the Swans project already, so she was very excited to meet the team and sit in the paramotor. Sacha, who I have to say looks every bit the intrepid explorer, plans to follow the 7000 km migration of Bewick swans from arctic Russia all the way to Slimbridge. She'll be strapped into a paramotor (which looks a bit like a dismantled shopping trolley with a car seat attached to it) and will fly with the swans, trying to raise awareness of their threats from hunting, power lines, wind turbines and loss of habitat.
|Bug Mad Girl has volunteered to go on the next mission!|
|Bewick swan made out of lego|
|Richard Lewington at work|
... and we found a sculpture that was an uncanny resemblance to BMG!
|When did she model for that then?|
I couldn't resist taking a few photos of the Ospreys as I was there and I think they turned out quite well really ...
... just joking! Of course I didn't take those photos, just snapped the posters on the Osprey stand!
We met lots of people dedicated to wildlife conservation, including Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, the spider people, the dragonfly society and the badger group. All very committed to their causes and very keen to chat about their work and their creatures of choice. So many people give up so much of their time and care so passionately about wildlife. I'd say that's pretty inspirational too!
|Identifying moths on the Butterfly Conservation stand|
|Meeting the badgers|
|We even met an albino and a ginger (erythristic) badger!|
|She had quite a collection of pins by the end of the day|
We were also quite taken with the prospect of a whale and dolphin cruise in the Bay of Biscay, run by Brittany Ferries and the charity ORCA. Much more achievable than some of the 'dream' holidays we saw, so we'll just have to work on Dad now!
The Optics Tent was a big hit again this year. I must admit that it's only when you actually look through a good pair of binoculars you realise just how rubbish your own cheap pair are. We all spent quite a long time gazing out over the water actually surprised we could see something out there! Bug Mad Girl has chosen her pair, now she just needs to persuade someone to buy them for her!!
She was also very keen on the popup one man bird hide. Must admit it looked fun, but I managed not to be persuaded (although she tried very hard).
We also spent some time on the lovely Wildlife Trust stand and voted for our favourite wildlife experience.
We also entered several competitions, on other stands, to win a pair of binoculars ... favourite of those was the World Land Trust, who I hadn't heard of before, but they're a bit like the Wildlife Trust but overseas.
We had a lot of fun, the weather was good and we all came away feeling inspired in one way or another.
|Watch out! Nanny Moth has turned into a pirate!|