Monthly Archives: August 2019

Jean’s garden

I went to visit with family recently. Their garden is beautiful! Jean has clearly worked very hard to make it look so gorgeous, and it is great for wildlife. The bees and butterflies love her garden.

I was also a few days after I had gotten a new camera, so it was a great way to test my new equipment.

Here are some of the photos I took of the bright colours, flowers and wildlife I found. I hope you enjoy Jean’s garden as much as I do!

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Birdfair 2019

The Bird Fair has been something that I have wanted to attend for many, many years. There has always been one reason or another that has meant I couldn’t go. But, 2019 was my year! I was able to enjoy both Saturday and Sunday at the huge conservation event held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Believe me when I say I could not have been more excited and the whole experience did not disappoint! A week later I am still buzzing with enthusiasm. I would recommend it to anyone who loves wildlife and conservation.

Firstly, I got to meet my wildlife hero, Chris Packham … I was shaking for hours after that, amazing!

I saw Nick Baker and Bill Oddie talk about The World Land Trust at the Saturday evening event. I am big fans of their work so it was a honour to see them enthuse.

I also attended a few daytime events, a fascinating talk about the wildcat reintroduction project, the inspiring Bird Photographer of the Year and, best of all, ‘Inheriting the Earth: Next Generation’; an uplifting panel of eloquent young people with a huge amount of knowledge and interest, campaigning for the natural world.

Throughout the two days I investigated all the stalls in the marquees, soaking up any and all information I could get my hands on. More than a few pin badges were bought! I also enjoyed a few samples of beer! My library has been added to (again)!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the process of a goldfinch being ringed at the BTO ringing demonstration tent. I have a whole new appreciation of goldfinches and I can’t help but smile every time I see one now!

So now it is time for me to sit back and relax with all my new reading material, I will leave you with a few photos of my first (but not last) Birdfair.

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