This is the second year I have been to Oxford’s Festival of Nature, Wild Fair, held at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The Wild Fair is run by Bucks, Berks and Oxon Wildlife Trust and is in the middle of the two week long Festival of Nature.
This year I volunteered to work on the Oxfordshire Badger group stall. It was really interesting to listen to peoples stories about badgers in their garden or their badger watching experiences. We encouraged everyone to report their sightings of badgers or signs of badger activity such as setts, latrines or digging. Also reports of dead badgers on the roadside, as this all builds up a picture of the badgers we have in Oxfordshire.
On display at the Wild Fair were the winning photographs from BBOWT’s photography competition. I was lucky enough to be awarded runner up in the under 18’s category with my photo of a ladybird on a thistle.
There were plenty of things to do and see to fill the whole day. You could build your own birds nest out of moss, straw and twigs. Have a go at building a bird box, watch bees in a see through hive, visit the pop up wildlife garden and learn about whales, hedgehogs, wolves, birds of prey, and mammals with the Oxfordshire Mammal group.
I am interesting in completing the 30 day challenge – to see 30 mammals during the month of June.