This summer we hosted our first wildlife fair. The day started as it meant to go on with blazing sunshine, enticing visitors onto the field. Each organisation brought information or an activity highlighting wildlife and environmental issues. People’s Trust of Endangered Species had a table dedicated to the hedgehog, children mixed goody bags full of mealy worms, seeds and raisins. These were then taken home to be left out for our prickly friends. London Wildlife Trust captivated our visitors with owl pellet dissection, tiny mouse bones were scattered over their table. Women’s Environment Network engaged the public in seed sowing activities, whilst sharing information about the work they do. LBTH Sustainable Development Team brought energy saving light bulbs and information on how to save electric energy. They also hosted a series of very popular pond dipping activities. Winterton House Organic Garden had an information stall that detailed the work they do, well worth a visit. Horniman Museum and Gardens came prepared with lots of bug hunting apparatus and the children found a plethora of wiggly and creepy little crawlies (my favorite was the Devil’s coach horse beetle). Our own Mudchute stall was appropriately covered in mud as children made seed bombs to be planted all over Tower Hamlets.
Thank you to all the organisations involved and to the visitors who made the day a great success. It was a great day that we will turn into an annual event.