On Saturday, we were at the annual wildlife and environment fair at Easton College, “Wild About Norfolk”. This was a celebration of the wildlife that makes Norfolk such a fantastic place for young people to grow up in! It was great to see so many local groups and national organisations there, and at least 1500 visitors! It was nice to see and hear about the amazing conservation work going on, but of course, our highlight was the activites for all the family to enjoy. From getting up and personal with wildlife such as owls, bees and water spiders to face painting or learning how to build a bird box.
We were there in our NBIS and NNNSI forms. One key aspect was encouraging people to get out and recording autumn wildlife using our online recording form (www.nbis.org.uk/AllSpeciesSurvey). Why not have a go yourself?
“When you put this mix together you get inspiration.” (Norwich Evening News)
A number of local conservation groups seemed interested in being involved with further recording, especially long-term monitoring through our Norfolk Species Surveillance Network (http://www.nbis.org.uk/SpeciesSurveillanceNetwork). As you might have guessed, we were really busy speaking to lots of people about recording and wildlife which was fantastic!
We were also getting children to make their own leaf identification sheets by drawing around leaf templates and labelling each of them with the name of the tree it came from. Encouragingly, quite a few of the children were able to recognise at least some of the leaves from their shapes – in some cases they were more knowledgeable than their parents!
A number of people signed up to receive our monthly Biodiversity e-bulletin (which you can too, here: http://www.nbis.org.uk/newsletterse-bulletins). All in all, a great day was had by all, as summed up by this visitor (Norwich Evening News),
“This was a great celebration of the wildlife that makes Norfolk such a fantastic place for young people to grow up in!”