Sunday, 3 July 2011


Souter Lighthouse was the host of the Countryside Festival today and our own Coastal Conservation Group had been invited to take part and put a stall out. Naturally, we jumped at the chance! It was a superb chance for us to get our ideas, plans and projects out to the general public in a fun, relaxing setting. The weather was extremely kind to us, as we were bathed in luxurious sunshine all day. I have to say, our little corner was decked out beautifully and we looked an extremely professional organisation. We'd gotten some banners printed off and made up a large notice board and we were all delighted with how it all looked. We adorned the notice board with all kinds of printed material explaining who we are and what we are up to, and this proved extremely popular with the public. It was a great interactive visual aide which myself and particularly Dougie used to great effect. We also took the opportunity to sell a few things to raise some funds for the group. We'd hand built over 80 bird nest boxes and bird feeders and sold them at a ridiculously cheap price. We also sold handy sized bags of bird seed, and a couple of us brought in some natural history books to sell. In total we made over £120, which we were really pleased with. Another thing we did was promote the work done by our local moth lads, and between Peter, Nick and Andy we had over 30 species of moth on show for the public to look at. Most people enjoyed the experience but some of the ladies were not too keen! Although there wasnt quite as many people as we were expecting we managed to get our message out to loads of locals and many visitors to the area, which was exactly what we wanted to do. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and the experience and look forward to where this adventure takes us next!

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