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2017 Roadshows - Oxford Wild Fair and BBC TV's Springwatch programme

Our annual return to this great one day event, held at the Oxford Universities Museum of Natural History, and again we were inside this magnificent Victorian building, sharing space with the museum collections and other Wild Fair contributors. This event is part of Oxford Festival of Nature, which is organised annually by Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. This year we featured Cephalopods, and other creatures that like to eat them, plus we brought the Penguin Roadshow back for a second year. The museum's Life Collections manager, Mark Carnall, is a cephalopod enthusiast, and he featured as the "pop-up scientist" for part of the day, and Dr Tom Watson and one of his PhD students Fiona shared the Penguin table next to ours to inform about Penguin Watch. A busy day for us all, and a great event to interact with thousands of wildlife enthusiasts and the public who visited.......BBOWT estimate of visitors was around 5000

For a nice selection of pictures taken of the activities outside the Museum on the green......see    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5x8iwmuidz5aht4/AADTDsGz5k7mkMMEr2qm6zZia?dl=0

For info on Penguin Watch   see      www.penguinwatch.org       and for more info on Penguin conservation in Antarctica see      www.penguinlifelines.org

For info on Cephalopods, do an online search, but a good and informative reference is      https://www.britannica.com/animal/cephalopod

Three days later we provided some marine mammal models for BBC TV's Springwatch programme, as part of a feature on the issue of marine wildlife entanglement in fishing nets and ropes. In March 2017 a Humpback Whale was discovered entangled in a creel rope off the coast of South Devon, and the feature included video of the whale being cut free by BDMLR and Lifeboat crews. Our contribution to the feature was providing the roadshow's Minke Whale and three Dolphins and a Porpoise, to illustrate the scale off these marine mammals and to provide the Springwatch presenter with some visual props. Despite some challenging weather on the night of this live broadcast, the programme illustrated perfectly how trained responders such as BDMLR and Lifeboat crews can come to the aid of wildlife. For a report  of the Humpback's entanglement and its eventual rescue, see http://www.bdmlr.org.uk/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01arti...

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The early morning sunshine falls on a giant squid and some squid eaters. "Do they really grow that big?" was a common question
The largest eye of any creature ever, on the largest squid, and the largest brain in any creature ever, on the adult Sperm Whale ( this is a baby Sperm Whale )
Rissos Dolphins and Seals like to eat squid ( smaller ones that is )
Penguin spotting on the Penguin Watch table
What fun, matching the penguin models with those on the poster and on the monitor screen in Antarctica
...more fun meeting the Dolphin and the pair of Seals
Penguin scientists need to get dressed up in the right gear to survive in Antarctica
Getting busier inside the museum as the day progresses
Most people dont realise there are hundreds of different cephalopods, most of them much smaller that this one
You would never ever see a giant Squid, a baby Sperm Whale, and a Rissos Dolphin all together in the oceans. Anyone know why?
Watch out, the roadshow Emperor Penguin is going walkabouts
Dr Tom Watson explains the Penguinwatch citizen science project
It is SO exciting meeting wildlife, as this young fella discovers
Roadshow beach finds table had a steady stream of interest throughout the day
...as did viewing the images of penguins in Antarctica from the Penguinwatch website

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