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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

For info on Penguin Watch   see       and for more info on Penguin conservation in Antarctica see

For info on Cephalopods, do an online search, but a good and informative reference is

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,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01arti...

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Spot your favourite Cephalopod on the poster of Octopus Squid and Cuttlefish
...and identify your favourite Penguin species using the models and the Penguin poster
Picking things up is the best way to engage with things from the natural world
"pop-up scientist" Mark Carnall explains Cephalopods and points to a specimen in a jar
Watch out, here comes that Penguin again to have a look
Look at that one!
Cephalopods and Penguins with simple science to enable you to engage with them. Job Done !
Last chance to see things before the Wild Fair closes at 4pm, see you here again next year
So that question again.....why would you never see the Giant Squid, the baby Sperm Whale and the Rissos Dolphin all together in the Oceans?? ...answers on a postcard to ....
A lot of expertise and rehearsal goes into making a 60 minute live TV programme. Here presenters Chris, Michaela and Gillian rehearse the intro link to BBC TV's Springwatch
....with a partially inflated Minke Whale, which was later joined by a Porpoise, and three Dolphin species
Sunshine and heavy rain showers produced this magnificent double rainbow, with the Minke Whale waiting patiently for its spot towards the end of the programme
Everything in place, waiting for the production crew to come back to the creatures outside
Action ! as Gillian starts her intro to the 5 species on display...its live TV and the rehearsing pays off as the item goes without a hitch
Gillian finishes her piece after describing the different species, as the light starts to fade, its nearly the end of the programme. Great show to work on!