Saturday, 13 April 2013

THE ANNUAL CHEW VALLEY BIRD FAIR

Bath Nats stand

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On friday 12th and saturday 13th April, Bath Nats participated once again in the annual Bird Fair at Chew Valley Lake, organised by 'Lakeside Optics'. Our display was assembled by Alan Rayner, making use of material from our 70th anniversary exhibition supplied by Mark Turnbull, photographs supplied by Paul Wilkins and laminated by John Garrett, panels ordered by Marion Rayner, copies of magazines and membership leaflets supplied by Gillian Barrett and samples of lichens and mosses supplied by the woods fringing the car park. We also received a selection of second-hand books, pamphlets and greeting cards etc for sale from Alan Barrett, Mark Turnbull and Paul Wilkins. The weather wasn't brilliant, to put it mildly, turning the marquee into a wind tunnel on day 1 and a damp chamber on day 2. Nonetheless, our stand attracted much interest and favourable comment and we even sold a few items! On day 1 our stand was manned by Alan Rayner and Paul Wilkins, and on day 2 by Alan Rayner assisted by visits from John Garrett and Terry Doman, as well as the group of Bath Nats attending our 'lakeside walk'. Overall, it was a very worthwhile occasion, keeping Bath Nats in the public eye alongside our friends in the RSPB, Hawk & Owl Trust etc, and leading to some significant conversations and encounters. We are very grateful to Lakeside Optics for including us and providing facilities.

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