A Focus On Nature

A Focus On Nature

AFON at Birdfair 2015 – Sorrel Lyall

Although this year was my 6th visit to Birdfair, it was my first Birdfair as an AFON member, so it was great to feel part of and represent a network of young people looking to protect our environment.

Throughout the weekend a few members delivered talks, such as Beth Aucott, Lucy McRobert, Jack Perks, Stephen Le Quesne, Simon Phelps, Matt Adam Williams, Georgia Locock and Josie Hewitt on a variety of subjects from the aims of AFON, to being a young birder, to the mammals of Great Britain. Also, Ryan Clark co-led two great invertebrate walks for the Wildlife Trusts, which you can read about on the AFON blog and on his blog as well.

On Saturday a group of some of AFON’s younger members – Toby Carter, Sam Pitt Miller, Ben Moyes, Noah Walker, Zach Haynes, Abby Miller, Evie Miller, Max Hellicar, Billy Stockwell and myself – went for a short walk around part of the reserve. We enjoyed watching a few Green Sandpipers, a Dunlin and a Wood Sandpiper (photo by Toby Carter) close in to the hide, and it was lovely to walk round a reserve with so many young people.

(c) Toby Carter

As a way to give Birdfair’s younger visitors somewhere to express their creativity and love of wildlife, a few members set up the Children’s Art Mural again, which by the end of Birdfair looked like an explosion of wildlife both real and imaginary! The children’s mural became the meeting place for members throughout the weekend, and on Saturday evening both AFON and NGB members gathered for a meet-up and a big group photo, before heading to the pub for an evening of socialising. It was great to put lots of faces to names and meet so many like-minded young naturalists, and feel part of the ever-growing AFON community.

(c) Katie Nethercoat