Wild about the Wensum 2018
16 May 2018
We are pleased to say that Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s annual “Wild About The Wensum” event, held on Saturday 12th May, appears to have been a resounding success. The team welcomed in approximately 3,000 visitors over the course of the day, making it the biggest event of year at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Sponsored by Crisp Maltings and with volunteers from Norfolk Army Cadet Force (Fakenham Platoon, Britannia Company) helping the day run smoothly, visitors flocked to our reserve for a day filled with educational activities and hands on crafts, all designed to encourage them to appreciate nature and the great outdoors.
On the big day we hosted various, like-minded groups and organisations, all offering further opportunities to learn about wildlife and the natural world. Our event also showcased some of the leveret sculptures from the GoGoCreate and GoGoHares! Break charity project, forming a trail around one of our lakes. The trail was designed to encourage visitors to explore the farther reaches of the reserve, whilst stumbling across these beautiful pieces of art.
After a warm welcome from Pensthorpe owner, Bill Jordan, our special guest Nick Baker officially opened the event with an inspirational speech. He talked about the importance of parents being responsible for encouraging their children to get outside. He highlighted that children need to be enthused by wildlife, nature and conservation so that they grow up to be the next generation of reserve managers, conservationists and naturalists. Describing the event he said “These are the sort of gatherings that can potentially change the course of your life.”
As part of the activities scheduled for the day Nick led a bug hunt for young children and their families; judged our local schools art competition and gave an insightful talk on “How to become a Naturalist”. We are delighted that Nick got really enthusiastic about some of the conservation projects Pensthorpe Conservation Trust have been working on. He was particularly interested in our corncrake project and was given a behind-the-scenes exclusive look at the work Chrissie, our Head of Species Manager, and her team have been doing to protect this species.
The date for next year’s Wild about the Wensum has already been set for Saturday 11th May 2019, so save the date and help us make next year’s event even bigger and better!
If you attended the event we would love to get your feedback so we can continue to improve the experience year on year. We’re asking anyone who visited that day to complete our online survey, which will give you a chance of winning a family day pass for 6 people. The closing date for the survey is Monday 4th June 2018 at 7pm so make sure you complete it soon!
The results from our “Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow” local schools art competition are as follows:
First place: Megan Belson (Little Snoring Primary)
Runner up: Oak Class (Blenheim Park Academy)
First place: Tilly Goillon (West Raynham Primary)
Runner up: Kaiya Baker (West Raynham Primary)
First place: Ella Smith (Fakenham Academy)
Runner up: Harriet Duncan (Fakenham Academy)
Special prize (donated by Nick Baker as he considered the piece of art to be fantastic): Eliza Drew (Fakenham Academy)
First place: Charlotte Waller (Wymondham High)
Runner up: Benji Fox (Reepham High)
All photos taken by Steve Adams.