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Thursday, 27 August 2015

REGUA at the Bird Fair

After a hectic three days at the Bird Fair, I was looking forward to a relaxing couple of days.  However, the Bird Fair Blues hit hard and I seemed to spend much of my time drifting through other peoples' posts about the BF.   So here's my review and thanks.

It was a brilliant Fair with lots of enthusiastic people visiting the REGUA stand where my fellow volunteers and I discuss paradise every day with anyone silly enough to hesitate as they passed by.

The calm before the storm!

Usually we have a mix of visitors to the stand, some who have already visited, others who are planning to go and a few who haven't got a clue what the project is all about.   this year it felt as if pretty much everyone knew of the project and more people than ever before we either planning a trip or had already booked.   There was a really positive feeling about the whole event.

With two new books published recently; Birds of the Serra dos Orgaõs and Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Serra dos Orgaõs, interest in REGUA publications was high, and we sold out of the Bird books on Saturday, but took orders to be fulfilled when more supplies are available.

We also had the Michael Palin narrated film on hand - watching Verity White's fantastic film of my favourite place did not help the emotion stay in check.

In addition to the usual team of Rachel, Lee, Alan and myself, we had the excellent support of Ken and Andrew - which allowed us a break or two.

So, all in all a great time was had by all.    Thanks to everyone who stopped to talk, you make it all worthwhile.

It will be REGUA's 10th anniversary at the Bird Fair next year, so we have some planning to do!