Phew! What a busy few days its been. A big thank you to everyone who came to see us on our Birdfair stand over the weekend. It was great to meet you all – especially those of you who have been following the progress of the birds this summer. To cap a great few days our stand won the best conservation stand award (as voted by independent judges, might I add!). Here’s a photo of a few of us with our certificate.
If you visited the stand you’ll know that project volunteers Andy and Anne Strang ran a second hand book sale to raise money for the eduction work we’re carrying out in Gambia. The sales raised well over £400 – so thank you to everyone who donated and bought books. And an even bigger thanks to Andy and Anne for organising it all. I’m also really grateful to those of you who have sponsored me for the Berlin marathon. I’ve raised over £700 so far, but there is still quite a way to go before I reach my target of £2500. I believe passionately that we have a unique opportunity to provide wildlife education in Gambian schools and that the work can have a real lasting legacy among communities in West Africa- so please visit my fund raising page if you haven’t already done so.
As you will know if you checked Moira Carnie’s update page on our Facebook page this morning, all of the Manton Bay family are still present. Last year the first juvenile headed south on 29th August, so I wonder how much longer all of the family will be together for? It is interesting to see how 22 has become by far the most dominant of the three juveniles. Last night he stopped 32 landing anywhere near the nest, to make sure he was first to receive the next fish. Of course this is a vitally important period for the youngsters. The more fish they can eat the better – they will need to be in the best possible condition for when they begin that long flight south in the coming days or weeks.