Rise to the Bait

They say it’s the early bird that catches the worm but families looking for wild’ days out during the summer break can catch not only worms ñ but the chance to win a host of wildlife-friendly goodies too ñ with The Wildlife Trusts at Birdfair.

Birdfair 2008 takes place on Friday 15 ñ Sunday 17 August at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre on the Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, 9am-5.30pm daily.

TV presenter and naturalist Nick Baker is set to host children’s game Wader Raiders’ at The Wildlife Trusts’ stand (marquee 3, stands 41-45) and is encouraging families to come along and join in the fun. Children, of all ages, pretend to be wading birds digging for worms on the seashore and compete to grab as many worms as they can in their ‘beaks’. (The worms’ will be rubber; the children’s beaks’ will be chopsticks/tweezers? and the seashore’ will be peat-free compost). The game will be held on Friday (11am-1pm), Saturday (1-3pm) and Sunday (11am-1pm).

Other reasons to visit The Wildlife Trusts’ stand include:
ï A chance to win a pair of Opticron Imagic TGA binoculars, a set of Cross pens (worth £60) and a range of wildlife books, including Birds In Your Garden, Wildlife Gardening for Everyone, Wildlife Britain and Wildlife Walks
ï Finding out more about wildlife-friendly gardening
ï Where to buy peat-free compost – and why you should – plus
ï How you can help The Wildlife Trusts achieve their vision for A Living Landscape’
ï Learn more about marine life, what lives in UK seas, and
ï Discover what sort of giant creatures once lived in our waters ñ and could again.

The Wildlife Trusts are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. With 765,000 members, they are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species, whether in the countryside, in cities or at sea. 135,000 young people belong to the junior branch, Wildlife Watch.

Nick Baker said: ‘Do come and join us on The Wildlife Trusts’ stand at Birdfair for a spot of Wader Raiders’. I’ll be there between 11am-1pm on Friday and 1pm-3pm on Saturday. ‘I shout about The Wildlife Trusts and encourage parents to support their children in joining Wildlife Watch because when I was little I didn’t know who to discuss wildlife with. I was on my own. By joining Wildlife Watch you’re in good company. It is vital for children with an interest in the natural world.”

Birdfair is jointly organised by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB and has something for everyone, with hundreds of stands offering the latest products from binoculars to books to bird food and clothing to country crafts and much more. Tickets cost £10 for adults (16 or over) and children go free. After entry all entertainment is free, including lectures, quizzes and games hosted by TV celebrities and workshops. Other famous visitors this year include Bill Oddie, Simon King, Chris Packham, Jonathan Scott, plus Mike Dilger and Janet Sumner from Nature’s Calendar.

Story by RSWT
Image : Nick Baker courtesy of www.nickbaker.tv

For further information, please contact:
The Wildlife Trusts, 01636 670057 aharris@wildlifetrusts.org
ï British Birdwatching Fair Office, 01572 771079

ï Full details of all the exhibitors attending and the diverse programme of events can be obtained from the Birdfair’s website: www.birdfair.org.uk, or by contacting the British Birdwatching Fair Office, Fishponds Cottage, Hambleton Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AB
Tel: 01572 771079 /
e-mail: info@birdfair.org.uk