Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation gave a well-received talk at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre (AWBC) encouraging everyone to put up some Swift nest boxes.
On our stand, with plenty of help from SLN members, we got to talk to a large number of people including important celebrities, Chris Packham, Nick Baker, Richard Porter and Mike Clarke, RSPB CEO.
We had 3 TV monitors showing rolling videos, and an attraction call system drew people into the stand. 5 swifts flying in a mobile above the front of the stand made us easy to find.
This all impressed the judges to the extent that we were awarded Second in the Best Stand Awards 2016, conservation category.
We had a first production example of the new Manthorpe Swift Conservation Brick, which was universally acclaimed as a game changer: It is mass produced, so is a low price, very easy to install, conforms to all building standards and is unobtrusive. It should gain wide acceptance by builders and architects. Chris Packham quickly got it, saying "this is the way to go".
We recovered our costs by selling John Stimpson Model 30 Swift boxes, attraction call systems, mobiles, badges and nest concaves, but more importantly we think we persuaded a lot of people to do something to help Swifts.
We will surely be back next year.
There are a few pictures below and many more pictures by Judith Wakelam here
|Dick Newell demonstrating the Manthorpe Swift Conservation Brick |
to Chris Packham. Edward Mayer looks on from the right
|Just some of the proud team members after receiving our award|
|Mike Clarke, RSPB CEO, showing off the Manthorpe Swift brick |
with Dick and Vida Newell
|Dick Newell discusses the Manthorpe Swift Brick with |
Rebecca Pitman, RSPB Swift Cities lead.
|A busy stand|
|Another view of the stand.|
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