A great weekend at BirdFair 2012

A successful BirdFair over , I have finally got around to sitting down, uploading some photos and getting down in my blog a little more about the BirdFair experience!

I have built a page on my website as well and that can be seen HERE .

I arrived at Rutland on the Thursday, after waiting anxiously for my daughter’s AS results! Thank goodness, she did really well, so I set off happy in the knowledge that she was celebrating that evening and not drowning her sorrows!

I had been to G-Scapes in Lichfield on the Wednesday and picked up a selection of plants for my stand. G-Scapes are my local garden centre and plant nursery and lent me all the plants for my stand at Gardeners’ World Live too. The car was soon loaded to the roof with these plants and an array of other bird feeders and a selection of logs, a hedgehog box and lots of moss to try to create a small representation of my patch in the space available.

Bushnell have exhibited at BirdFair for many years, so are well practised at getting their stand built and organised. When I arrived, the main stand was just about built and my corner was ready for me to transform. Luckily, I had been able to park quite close to the stand so it was not long before I had transported all my ‘ingredients’ and I was ready to start ‘KreATEing’….

I decided to try to use the frame of the stand to hang the feeders, but I needed to make it look more ‘rustic’. I went on a hunt around the site to find some branches and twigs suitable to create artificial perches, just like I do in the garden. I cable-tied a selection of branches to the frame and hung the feeders from there. Using the plants and some boxes to create different heights, I arranged them around the base and ‘dressed’ them with moss to make it look more attractive. Incorporating a log pile and a hedgehog box  in as well, I then strapped the trail cam on, as I might at home, to capture the action.

It took me about an hour to create my mini WildlifeKate Patch…..

Out of all of the marquees, this Optics Marquee is the best to be in! It is open all along one side and looks out onto the water… a truly stunning view as the weather was spectacular for the weekend. Stunning early morning views of terns diving for their breakfast and coots feeding hungry youngsters and about 60 pairs of Bushnell binoculars to look through! The weather was a little too lovely though… with temperatures in the marquee reaching over 90 degrees on Sunday. In some of the enclosed marquees the wet ground and high temperatures meant that the atmosphere in there was reminiscent of a tropical rain forest! I felt sorry for the exhibitors that were in these enclosed spaces.