Seaton Festival and Dog Bins

Dartford warbler collageWe were delighted to have a presence at the second Natural Seaton Festival last week on Saturday July 19th. Organisations with an interest in the environment from across Devon converged at the site close to Tescos on the waterfront, and throughout the day hundreds of people browsed the stalls and learnt more about the incredible landscape and wildlife  of this part of Devon. This year we decided to give Woody our model Rhynchosaur an outing and as always he proved popular with adults and children alike. This year we also encouraged children to help us prepare some collages of a butterfly and a Dartford Warbler, and their enthusiastic response resulted in two wonderfully colourful creations. Meanwhile we managed to engage their parents on the subject of the Commons, with an additional seven people signing up to become Friends of the Commons, for which we are very grateful. A number of people attempted our heathlabnd quizz, with the winner receiving a copy of the beautiful book East Devon Pebblebed Heaths: 240 million years in the making. Next up, Heathweek which starts on Sunday 27th July.That will prove to be abother busy week.

So far the introduction of Dog Bins at key locations on the Commons in June has been met with broad approval and already there is a noticeable improvement in dog mess around key car parks. We are hoping that this new initiative which is being undertaken on a trial basis will continue prove successful and the bins will become a long term feature.      

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