Our harvest is promising to be a bumper one this year
GO outside into your garden or allotment, a local park or onto a nature reserve and take a good look around. Mother nature is putting on an amazing display, with vegetables and fruit ripening, flowers blooming, all attracting a wide range of fascinating insects including many pollinators from carder and bumble bees, to hoverflies, and beautiful day-flying moths such as the red and black cinnabar.
Our harvest at Feed Bristol is promising to be a bumper one. The site looks gorgeous and we are looking forward to showing it off at our 'Wild Harvest' festival on 7 September.
Another one of our free, informative and fun events, it will include exciting wildlife workshops, nature activities for children, hands-on harvesting and an opportunity to feast on fresh vegetables grown by our volunteers. The event also includes live music, craft stalls and a cafe and runs from 11am to 4pm.
It's a great way to celebrate and explore how nature has helped us grow. The event will also help raise money for Avon Wildlife Trust's conservation and education work.
So come along to our Frenchay Road site in Stapleton, or go on to the website and find out more about volunteering and other opportunities for individuals, families, groups, schools and corporates. If you miss the event, we will also be holding an apple pressing day in early October and Pumpkin Mania on 5 October. And in November we will be getting a little nervous as we wait to find out who has won the Local Food Recognition Awards 2013 – a national award run by the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food scheme!
It's also great to compare notes with my colleagues in the conservation and learning teams. They come back with reports of wildlife sightings from our 35 nature reserves across Avon. We all have our favourite nature reserves, whether it is the iron fort at Dolebury Warren near Churchill; Portbury Wharf home to water voles and surrounded by the estuary, housing and industry; Goblin Combe near Cleeve which looks and sounds as if it should come out of a film set; or further afield Brown's Folly with stunning views across Bath.
Make the most of the last of the summer days and explore Trust reserves or pick up some ideas on how to occupy the children through @wildschools and @avonwt on Twitter.
In addition to the events at Feed Bristol, Avon Wildlife Trust is running activities ranging from owl prowls and water vole discovery sessions to fun wildlife music with Poco Drom on Trust reserves. Enjoy some wild summer days... courtesy of Avon Wildlife Trust!
Avon Wildlife Trust is the local wildlife charity, supported by 16,000 members, dedicated to securing a strong future for nature and to inspiring people. Please go to avonwildlifetrust.org.uk for information about the Trust, its nature reserves, walks and educational work, plus ways to support the charity, including membership.