19 August 2013

Birdfair 2013

Back from another very successful Birdfair. For Rachel and I it was the seventh year we have organised a stand at the Birdfair for REGUA, but only the second year where we have have not shared a stand. The stand this year was better than ever, down to Rachel's hard work, and as usual attracted a lot of interest. Alan Martin, Rachel and Sue Healey did a wonderful job telling people about REGUA, but a nasty and perfectly timed cold wiped me out for all three days! I lost my voice so was of no real use on the stand on Saturday and Sunday, but it was nice to see many past guests from the lodge, as well as catch up with lots of friends and attend a few talks. Many thanks to everyone who came by the stand to say hello.

From the right: Alan Martin, Sue Healey, Rachel Walls and me - REGUA's UK team

One of the highlights for me this year were the several species of caterpillars and moths on display on the Butterfly Conservation stand. Spent a little time watching the ringing demonstration on Sunday, with a juvenile Reed Warbler, Blue Tit and Great Tit all seen processed, and on Friday (16th) a Magpie Moth at our B&B at Stamford, Lincs did its best to take my mind off my streaming nose.

Privet Hawkmoth Sphinx ligustri caterpillar

Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi caterpillar

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