Countryfile Live starts today at Blenheim Palace, running until 6 August, and the RSPB team has sent me some photos of them creating our stand there, with the message that they are looking forward to seeing loads of RSPB members and supporters over the four days.
I should explain that my role has been nothing more than advising on the wildlife-friendly plants to use, so I can take no credit at all! I had heard there would be a woodland tunnel, where you can try your hand at nature weaving, a boardwalk through the reedbed to discover some of Britain's iconic wetland birds, plus ideas for giving nature a home in your garden. So the photos are my first glimpse of the stand under construction, and already looking a mix of gorgeous and creative even before it was finished:
There will be nature activities for kids on the stand, with Wild Challenge certificates to earn. I understand you can dissect an owl pellet, and enter the moth tepee, while children's author, Laura Wall, will be reading her new book, 'Wild Goose', on the stand.
Only in its third year, Countryfile Live has become a bit of a blockbuster; it is so good to know that the passion for our countryside is alive and kicking. Apparently, there are even some RSPB discounts available on tickets if you use the code RSPB1 when booking online (go here for more information).
So, if you're going, have fun, enjoy the finished stand, and stroke a goat for me!
Good on you, Vanellus! Have a great time
Volunteering on Sunday helping children make seed bombs but hope to have a good look at the rest of the stand.