Monday 18 May 2015

Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair

Last weekend we attended the Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair at Mannington Hall in Norfolk.

The Wader Quest stand at the 2015 Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair.

The weather was very kind to us being sunny but not too hot. The fair takes place in the magnificent grounds of Mannington Hall which is not only a lovely setting it is also steeped in history.

From our point of view we were happy to sign-up some new sponsors and receive renewals from some existing ones. Our talk 'Community Wader Conservation' seemed to be well received with the audience asking some interesting questions at the end and some signing up as a result.

Sales wise the most popular items were the Lars Jonsson Poster and the new pins, not to mention our £2 T shirts! We also launched our two new Wader Quest Collectables pins; No 7 Dunlin and No 8 Black Stilt.

As we have changed our logo and the cards are now professionally printed the back of them looks different too.

 We also launched three new earrings in the Jabebo range, these were Black-winged Stilt, Eurasian Oystercatcher and Pied Avocet.

As always it was fun to see old friends and some of our sponsors and we were especially grateful as always for the help that Wildsounds gave us during the weekend. It was also good to meet new faces like Yoav Perlman one of our facebook friends (which are always fun to meet in person) who gave a talk on both days on conservation in Israel.

We also got a chance to chat to the delightful Tina Lindsay one of the BBF organisers who is usually too busy for such things at the fair itself and to see Wader Quest Trustee Allan Archer and his wife Denise away from the formality of the meeting room!

We particularly enjoyed watching Sally May carving owls out of tree trunks with a chainsaw, a great talent and wish our neighbours Robert Fryer who has a talent for wood-turning and the good folk trying to protect Easthaugh Lakes the best of luck in their endeavours.

There were many more, and too many to mention here, that we met and talked to and we appreciated the encouragement we received from everyone. It is sometimes hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but the warm and friendly support we received at the fair from everyone was enough to keep our spirits up and engines fuelled for some time to come.

We'll be back next year.

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