Our stall and display was well attended and we had the opportunity to introduce the Trust’s work to many visitors who were either unaware of our existence or knew only vaguely about what we do. I must say we got very positive responses and I am hopeful that at least some of those who took away membership leaflets will actually return them completed. We also managed some sales of Christmas cards and FSC identification charts.
Interest in the stand was in no small measure due to two young ladies from the Amateur Entomologists Society Bug Club (the junior wing). Evie Privitera brought some of her Giant African Land Snails and Rachel McLeod brought Madagascan Giant Hissing Cockroaches. Both were experts on in their field and, through explaining about their displays, generated great interest in entomology and in other invertebrates. They even managed to persuade over 150 visitors to handle the specimens! Whilst they were entertaining children we had the opportunity to talk to parents and again many showed interest in our work with young people and took away forms for WATCH and the Bug Club which, hopefully, will result in some new members.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Evie and Rachel and their parents for their support for the event.
Geoff, Droitwich Local Group