Sun shines on successful Wildlife Celebration

Thursday 24th May 2018

Over 1,500 people attended Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Celebration - their biggest annual event, when it was held at Caerhays Castle Gardens on Sunday 20th May.

This was the first time the event, showcasing the work the Trust does to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places, had been held at Caerhays and it was an overwhelming success with families enjoying a host of activities in glorious sunshine.

Special guest was Gillian Burke from BBC Springwatch. She talked to visitors about the Trust’s Beaver Project which has seen the reintroduction of beavers into Cornwall, as featured on Springwatch, and she judged a sand art competition as well as taking part in a beach clean.

Also at the event, which was sponsored by South West Water, were the student animation team from Exeter and Falmouth universities, behind PocketPals an interactive wildlife app who with the use of a green screen had visitors swimming in the ocean and walking through wildlife woods.

Visitors were also able to get up close to a variety of wild creatures, watch wildlife demonstrations, take part in country craft activities, nature walks and pond dipping sessions using Caerhays’ beautiful garden and beach to its fullest.

Wildlife Watch, the Trust’s junior section ran a number of creative activities for young wildlife lovers, and the ever-popular Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre brought along some of their animals, giving visitors the chance to learn all about owls, hawks, buzzards, rodents and even snakes! The British Trust for Ornithology had live bird ringing demonstrations, while rescued Cornish bats were there with the Cornwall Bat Group.

Chris Betty, Communications Officer for the Trust, says,

“This was a brilliant day out for everyone. The atmosphere was great, and we are very grateful for the support from our Wildlife Partners South West Water and Caerhays Estate for making this event the success it was. There are plans to return to this superb location next year.”