GNS were at the Stroud Festival of Nature event in Stratford Park, Stroud on Saturday 7th September.
This remarkable gathering of Nature and Wildlife oriented individuals and societies largely driven and organised by local interpretive artist Steve Roberts, was held for the sixth time in Stratford Park close to the Leisure Centre and Museum in the Park and attracted a record crowd of some 5,000 visitors on a day of mainly bright if not excessively warm weather.
The Gloucestershire Naturalists Society stand was there primarily to promote the GNS and the forthcoming Birds of Gloucestershire, (due for publication in early November), and was manned by Andrew Bluett and Juliet Bailey. We spoke to many potential new members and were visited by several existing members, not least our president, Mrs Anna Jones.
Other societies were the RSPB, WWT, GWT, Butterfly Conservation, Gloucestershire Bee Keepers, Natural England and the National Trust together with a number of wildlife artists and other craft displays.
For more information on the festival, visit http://www.stroudnature.co.uk/
Juliet Bailey entertains visitors with an identification “quiz” and talks to visitors.
GNS President Mrs Anna Jones offers encouragement and support…!