Work inspired by the wildlife

Dianne Fisher and Jayne Fisher from murmuring wheel at the Summer fayre at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford  (w110620-6a)
Dianne Fisher and Jayne Fisher from murmuring wheel at the Summer fayre at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford (w110620-6a)
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There was a rural and artistic feel to the second annual summer fayre at Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

Artworks created by local school children were one of the main features, with all the work inspired by the wildlife they discovered themselves on the reserve.

Ross Spencer with his art work at the Summer fayre at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford  (w110620-6b)

Ross Spencer with his art work at the Summer fayre at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford (w110620-6b)

Children also enjoyed the trail which led them through the willow tunnel, finding new creatures and mini-beasts.

Visitors enjoyed demonstrations from a Notts Wildlife Trust volunteer, who made besom brooms in a traditional way out of birch and hazel from local woods.

They were also treated to spinning demonstrations and the history and folk lore of wool making.

The British Trust of Ornithology put on a fantastic bird ringing demonstration, including the ringing of four kestrel chicks.

Harry Shooter, six, and Robert Palmer, eight, at the Summer fayre at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford  (w110620-6c)

Harry Shooter, six, and Robert Palmer, eight, at the Summer fayre at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve in Retford (w110620-6c)

Lound Bird Club helped visitors to use the new scopes in the learning centre’s viewing area and gave advice to young bird watchers. They also led guided walks around the reserve so visitors were treated to some local history and pointers for the best bird spotting.

Artist Ross Spencer also put on a workshop for visitors to create their own artworks out of rubbish.

Retford Local Wildlife Group, which meets on the first Thursday of the month during autumn and winter, sold garden plants to raise funds for projects at Idle Valley, and the Ecominds project served home-made elderflower cordial, which proved extremely popular.