Come and see us at The CLA Game Fair

Thursday 21st July 2011

ChrisTaylorPhotography.comNicholas Watts MBE with Paul Wilkinson on Vine House Farm

The Wildlife Trusts, in partnership with wild bird seed grower Vine House Farm, will be at this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, from Friday 22 July – Sunday 24 July.

Expert staff will be on hand - at stand B342, in the retail area near entrance A - to answer questions about land management and conservation. Visitors to The Wildlife Trusts’ stand will also have the opportunity to buy a selection of wildlife books and 2012 calendars, featuring stunning images of UK species.

Award-winning wildlife-friendly farmer Nicholas Watts MBE and Vine House Farm Manager, Lucy Watts, will also be on the stand to provide advice and expertise. The Wildlife Trusts, which recognise farmers hold a key to the well-being of our countryside and, in turn, the health of our wildlife, launched a partnership with conservation award-winning Vine House Farm in 2007.

The CLA Game Fair has something for everyone, with hundreds of stands offering the latest products from binoculars to books to bird food and clothing to country crafts and much more. Tickets for Friday are £29 and £24 each for Saturday and Sunday.

Reasons to visit The Wildlife Trusts’ stand include:
• A range of wildlife books on sale, including Wildlife Walks (£14.99), 152 Wild Things To Do (£12.99), Nature Tales (19.99) and a range of Concise Guides (3 for £10).
• Finding out how you can help The Wildlife Trusts achieve their vision for A Living Landscape
• Showing support for UK seas by signing The Wildlife Trusts’ Petition Fish

The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Living Landscape, Paul Wilkinson, said:

“We look forward to welcoming everyone along to our stand at this year’s CLA Game Fair. The Wildlife Trusts have, for years, been delivering landscape-scale conservation with farmers, landowners and local communities on the ground - through Living Landscape schemes - on a voluntary basis. All are working to reconnect people to nature where they live. Come along and find out how you can get involved.

“A number of The Wildlife Trusts’ volunteers will be on hand to offer advice and information; to meet members and have the opportunity to talk to those considering joining their local Wildlife Trust."

The Wildlife Trusts are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. With more than 800,000 members, it is the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species, whether in the countryside, in cities or at sea. 135,000 young people belong to the junior branch, Wildlife Watch.

Full details of all the exhibitors attending and the diverse programme of events are available on the Game Fair website: www.gamefair.co.uk

ENDS
Contact information:
Anna Guthrie (Media & PR Manager)
Office: 01636 670075
Mobile: 07887 754659
Email: aguthrie@wildlifetrusts.org

Tanya Perdikou (Media & Campaigns Officer)
Office: 01636 670057
Mobile: 07887 754657
Email: tperdikou@wildlifetrusts.org

Notes for editors:
The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) www.wildlifetrusts.org
There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife. Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors. Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.

Vine House Farm www.vinehousefarm.co.uk
Nicholas Watts MBE is a third generation farmer who started sowing seeds of change for the benefit of wildlife more than 30 years ago. Nicholas was recognised as ‘Countryside Farmer of the Year’ in the Farmers Weekly Awards in 2009. He grows arable crops, bird seed and organic vegetables on his 850 hectares at Vine House Farm in Lincolnshire. In the last 10 years, Nicholas has seen barn owl numbers quadruple, whitethroat numbers double, lapwing numbers increase from two to nine pairs and breeding tree sparrow pairs increase ten-fold.