Thursday, 6 December 2012

The First Falkirk Wildlife Festival


Below is a straight copy of a letter sent to me by the Organisers of the  1st ever "Falkirk Wildlife Festival. They want to have as many people involved as is possible, and are inviting interested parties to a Conference about the Festival which will guide it's progress and development. If you wish to attend please contact them on to keep track of numbers.

It is hoped that with the support & enthusiasm of the Falkirk Community that the event will be a successful and regular event in the Falkirk Area.

Conference to organise a Falkirk Wildlife Festival

Dear friends and associates,

We are inviting you to attend a conference at Grangemouth Town Hall on Saturday 15 December 9:30 – 12:30 (agenda attached).

The idea behind a wildlife festival is that it would be like the Edinburgh Fringe, but instead of shows, it would be various events around an environmental theme all-going on in a concentrated 2-week period.  (E.g. talks, guided walks, street fairs etc)

The overall aim is to increase awareness of the environment in Falkirk.  The hope is that through common marketing and promotion, a ‘buzz’ would be created and far more people would attend than for any individual event.  The more people attending the festival the greater likelihood of attracting new members for your group and for local groups to help each other.

We have been testing this idea with various groups and have had positive feedback.  However, it can only happen if there are sufficient groups or individuals prepared to organise an event(s) and sufficient numbers of people to organise the funding and arrange for the publicity for the festival itself.  The purpose of the conference is to work out what has to happen to make a festival happen and are people up for it.

If you would like to attend, please confirm by Sunday 9th December 2012 by e-mailing your name(s) and group  If you know of other people who might like to attend, please feel free to forward this invitation onto them.  If you already have events planned for 2013 it would be helpful to bring details along with you to the conference.

If you cannot attend but would like to be kept informed, also use the above e-mail contact.  You can also be kept informed of developments from our facebook page

We look forward to meeting you on Saturday 15th December.

Dan Jackman, Sandra Burt, Sonia McLay and Les Wallace


Falkirk Wildlife Festival – What Has to Happen to Make it Happen

Saturday 15th December 2012 at Grangemouth Town Hall

09:30 – 10:00            Registration, including tea and coffee

10:00 – 10:15            Introduction and purpose of the conference

10:15 – 10:45            1st Workshop session
                                    What should be the date for the festival?

10:45 – 11:00            Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30            2nd Workshop session
                                    How should the festival be organised?

11:30 – 11:40            Presentation – Les Wallace, Westquarter Wildlife Group

11:40 – 12:00            3rd Workshop session
                                    Event ideas

12:00 – 12:30            Summing Up and Actions

Falkirk Environment Trust will blog ongoing reports on the progress of the event. 

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