There's so much to see at Scotland's Big Nature Festival this weekend, that I couldn't fit into just one blog post!
The Wild about Scotland bus is there, a project from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which is travelling across Scotland engaging
children with Scotland's wonderful natural wildlife. The bus offers fun, practical lessons
that connect children to nature with a view to
creating a lifelong appreciation and respect for Scotland's
wildlife and the important role it plays in wider conservation issues.
PAWS the Partnership against Wildlife Crime in Scotland is informing people about their work in fighting wildlife crime, and have a mock up of a crime scene, complete with toy bird
Visit East Lothian had built a sand pit outside their tent, where children were happily playing. The beaches are one of the many visitor attractions in the area.
So all in all it's been an excellent festival, offering activities of all types to appeal to all ages and levels of experience. Plus the money raised will go towards conserving the curlew, an iconic wader, for which the UK is a breeding stronghold, with 68 000 pairs. Sadly the bird is declining across it's range and is globally 'Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. So a very important cause to support.
Thanks again the the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds who gave me a free ticket for this event.