My Wild City Showcase

Friday 23rd October 2015

Avon Wildlife Trust's annual meeting for 2015 was open to both members and the public to showcase the achievements of 2015.

On Thursday 22 October, 150 guests joined Avon Wildlife Trust at the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton for the My Wild City Showcase.

The evening was very successful, thanks largely to the hugely inspiring guest speakers, who presented to the audience their involvement in a number of exciting projects that took place in 2015.

Helen Hobbs, regional scout leader gave an touching account of her early days as a founding Avon Wildlife Trust member and how she was inspired from a young age to care for her local wildlife. She and 200 scouts helped transform the Trust's newest reserve, Bennett's Patch and White's Paddock. earlier this year. The scouts favourite part of the project was getting very muddy and dirty, digging deep holes for the new wildlife ponds. 

Jules Hyam, creative producer at BBC West described the transformation of the BBC Bristol front garden from uninspiring, barren lawn into a wildlife haven. The garden, which is in such a prominent city location on Whiteladies Road now inspires the constant stream of passers by on their commutes to work and the city center. The project received fantastic media coverage with high profile involvement from Blue Peter, The One Show and Spring Watch, with TV presenters hosting educational days for local school children.

Naomi Miller, Development Director for Bristol Cathedral talks about the partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust to make better use of their award winning cathedral garden. The wildlife themed events hosted so far have been a huge success and the Cathedral hopes to develop their garden into a education space.

We were also joined by three representatives from leading UK law firm Burges Salmon who were in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust and garden designers Earth, Timber, Stone to deliver the My Wild Street project in Easton.

Fiona Nicol, Rachel Roberts and Emma Dowden detailed their reasons behind getting involved with the project - the organisation were seeking a meaningful team development experience and they found that on Stanley Road in Easton. They summed up their experience of the eventful two weeks with a photograph: "A young resident sitting amongst her family's new urban garden with a beaming smile on her face".

The headliner of the event was Sam Hobson, who displayed his outstanding wildlife photography focusing on wildlife in the city of Bristol. Sam humorously described how he became a specialist in urban wildlife photography after moving to Bristol 5 years ago. The audience enjoyed his stories of observing early morning migration from the top of Cabot Tower; how he stalked the 'posh peregrine pair' around the Avon Gorge, documenting their discarded prey; and the dramatic tale of the toad migration on Brandon Hill.

Avon Wildlife Trust would like to thank everyone who attended the My Wild City Showcase, the public, members, trustees staff and guest speakers. Thank you for making it such a fantastic evening.