Bird Fair bits

Bird Fair Saturday lunchtime. Photo: Guy Shorrock/RSPB

Wild Justice was quite busy at the Bird Fair over the Friday-Sunday.

Friday morning started at 09:30 with a talk from Ruth Tingay. This is not a much sought-after slot on the Bird Fair programme – first talk on the first day?! But it was standing room only – people were turned away.

Then on Saturday lunchtime, on the main events stage in front of 600+ people, the whole Wild Justice team was interviewed for 30 minutes by Charlie Jacoby of the Fieldsportschannel. Remember that Chris Packham and Mark Avery were banned from the Game Fair at the last minute after having been invited to face questions from Charlie Jacoby. The Bird Fair was kind enough to give Charlie and Wild Justice the chance to meet and ask and answer questions in front of a much bigger audience and you can watch the recording here;

We’d say that it was more knock-about fun than piercing interrogation but all credit to Charlie for turning up and all shame to the Game Fair for not letting two such interviews go ahead as they had planned.

After Charlie left the stage Chris was joined by three of the young people whose writing about Hen Harriers had been featured at Hen Harrier Day, six days earlier;

First was Jack:

Photo: Guy Shorrock/RSPB

Then came Fraser;

And then came Meri;

Their essays and poems, and those of other young people are in a booklet which is available from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust – it’s a very good, and very moving, read.

And on Sunday morning Mark Avery gave a talk similar to Ruth’s to another packed marquee.

It was a very busy Bird Fair for all of us, incredibly busy (as always) for Chris, but we’d like to thank all the attendees, all the organisers and volunteers, and all the people who came and shook our hands or heard our talks, for their help and support, and for making it a really special Bird Fair.

Oh yes, and we were promoting the e-petition all the time and that now stands at an amazing 66,900 signatures.

Please sign the Wild Justice e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting – click here.