The very successful Bristol Festival of Nature (FoN)15th - 17th June 2012
written by Monty Halls (Senior)
This FoN was a hugely successful venture from the SCCT viewpoint. With about 24 large marquees spread around a 3-acre site in central Bristol, the FoN attracted more than 9000 people over the 3-day period. By late Sunday, it felt like every one of them had visited our marquee !! We shared the marquee space with the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species, the Bristol Aquarium and Wildscreen. All participants agreed that this arrangement was very successful and, indeed, it transpired that we were the fourth most-visited marquee there.
The Friday was particularly significant from an 'information dissemination' viewpoint. About 12 schools (pupils and staff) visited our marquee and stand which enabled us to make direct contact with the teaching staff and brief them on our case. The Saturday and Sunday produced an eclectic mix of all age groups and interest levels in scenes that would rival the January sales !!
We recorded visitor contact detail (when volunteered) and have followed up with additional (mainly video) information since.
Since (and largely as a result of) the FoN, there is an emerging promise of the incorporation in various school and university curricula the subject matter that is of concern to the SCCT - the ecological 'cascade' impact down through marine species of excessive shark depletion and the 'capillary' impact upwards through the marine food chain of ocean acidification.