REGUA was first represented at the UK Birdfair in 2007, when volunteers Rachel Walls and Lee Dingain were invited by the World Land Trust to use part of their stand. Proving very successful, we teamed up with the World Land Trust for the next three years, until last year when we shared a stand good friends Rick and Elis Simpson. This year we successfully applied for our own stand, and this has been a huge success.
The stand attracted a large number of people interest in the birds, wildlife and conservation work at REGUA, and several more tour companies expressed an interest in adding REGUA to their tour itineraries. It was great to meet new people and see so many past guests stopping by the say hello, many of which wish to return to REGUA again to see how the reforestation and wetland reclaimation is progressing.
Volunteers Siri and Richard White created two small guides to butterflies and bugs that we were popular, and our new Checklist of the Birds of REGUA sold well (with all proceeds going direct to our conservation work). Rachel’s home made Bristlefront Brownie, Forest-Falcon Flapjack and Sharpbill Shortbread also proved extremely popular – encourging many to return to the stand several times! Check out Rachel’s baking blog here.
Many thanks to Rachel Walls and Lee Dingain for their hard work organising the stand, and to Sue Healey, Alan Martin and Richard Robinson for giving up their time to help man the stand. Thanks also to everyone who came by to show support and say hello. We look forward to seeing you at REGUA soon.
For more on the REGUA stand at the UK Birdfair see:
Lee Dingain’s blog
Sue Healey’s blog