Welcome to the Green Fayre

Notes from a Lancashire Countryman.

The Green Fayre is an annual event that takes place at the Beacon Country Park. It is here that the West Lancashire Countryside Rangers are based. Thanks to their dedication the show has gone from strength to strength over the years. Exhibitors and wildlife groups come together to provide an excellent family event that takes place over the weekend

Children are well catered for with climbing towers,giant slides {of the inflatable variety}, pony and trap rides along with other various amusements like face paints and amusement rides.

Children love the activities

The climbing tower proved very popular. Photograph by D.A.L.
The climbing tower proved very popular. Photograph by D.A.L.
Slides are always busy.Photograph by D.A.L.
Slides are always busy.Photograph by D.A.L.
The pony and trap allows children an unusual way to get around the park. Photograph by D.A.L.
The pony and trap allows children an unusual way to get around the park. Photograph by D.A.L.

Plenty for the adults too.

Adults waiting for their children to complete their climb are entertained by a duo of singers who entertained the crowds in general.The skill of making cart wheels is kept alive by enthusiasts who display their skills to the public. I happened upon a working woodland that proved very interesting to many people . Old traditional country skills were once again evident as basket makers, bodgers and willow weavers plied their craft.

Work of the Wheelwright and other country skills

Making cart wheels is nearly a forgotten art.Photograph by D.A.L.
Making cart wheels is nearly a forgotten art.Photograph by D.A.L.
Skills like this are a joy to watch. Photograph by D.A.L.
Skills like this are a joy to watch. Photograph by D.A.L.
This fantastic sculpture held the interest of children and adults.Photograph by D.A.L.
This fantastic sculpture held the interest of children and adults.Photograph by D.A.L.

Conservation

Many organisations have stands so that the public can be introduced to their work. They include the Wildlife Trusts, the West Lancashire Countryside Ranger Service and other wild life groups. They all have one thing in common, they all rely heavily on volunteers. Thus any new members they acquire the weekend has been worth it for that particular group.

Fiona on the stand of the West Lancashire Rangers

The stand of the West Lancashire Countryside Ranger Service. Photograph by D.A.L.
The stand of the West Lancashire Countryside Ranger Service. Photograph by D.A.L.

Birds of prey

Birds of prey are always represented and are a favourite with young children in particular who have the chance of getting up close to these wonderful birds. Cheshire Water life have frequented the event since its conception and always bring many birds to display, which include eagle owls and Harris hawks.

Barn Owl Bill is a character well known around Lancashire and has been a regular visitor to the park, especially during the summer months when he often entertains the children of the Junior Rangers Club.

Birds of prey. Bottom Bodgers and Blaclsmith

Some of the birds of prey are large and kept behind barriers for safety reasons unless the falconer is on hand .Photograph by D.A.L.
Some of the birds of prey are large and kept behind barriers for safety reasons unless the falconer is on hand .Photograph by D.A.L.
This young fellow got the opportunity to hold this barn owl.Barn Owl Bill is famous at the park. Photograph by D.A.L.
This young fellow got the opportunity to hold this barn owl.Barn Owl Bill is famous at the park. Photograph by D.A.L.
Bodgers and Blacksmiths ply their skills at the show. Photograph by D.A.L.
Bodgers and Blacksmiths ply their skills at the show. Photograph by D.A.L.

Owl conservation

Bill took in his first injured owl in 1988. As his reputation grew, organisations such as the R.S.P.B. and the Police called on him to take in injured and orphaned owls. He became affectionately known as Barn Owl Bill and the name stuck. The name is now a registered charity, where Bill and his staff look after all types of owls.

The organisation has a proven success rate with injured and orphaned birds{98%} with two out of three being returned to the wild. Those that are unable to do so , for example those with disabled wings, become very tame and it is these birds that Bill and his staff use for educational purposes. Other birds of prey are also made welcome at his sanctuary when they are brought in hurt or orphaned.

A family event

This family event introduced people to the ways of the countryside and the immense dedication of a plethora of wild life groups, farmers and land managers that is required to keep the countryside a place we can all enjoy visiting. Many other larger shows take place in Lancashire throughout the year, but here at the Country Park the Rangers provide a warm and enjoyable weekend no matter what the weather.

Gallery

This Little Owl was orphaned and is in the care of Barn Owl Bill. Photograph by D.A.L.
This Little Owl was orphaned and is in the care of Barn Owl Bill. Photograph by D.A.L.
The staff who work for Bill are educating people about owls.Photograph by D.A.L.
The staff who work for Bill are educating people about owls.Photograph by D.A.L.
This wigwam was erected to show young people how American Indians lived. Photograph by D.A.L.
This wigwam was erected to show young people how American Indians lived. Photograph by D.A.L.
Animals like cow also educate children about the ways of the countryside. Photograph by D.A.L.
Animals like cow also educate children about the ways of the countryside. Photograph by D.A.L.

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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Hi jill, you would really enjoy this event. Thank you for reading and for leaving your comment. Best wishes to you.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

This looks so very interesting - so many things to see and do! I'd like to be able to go to such fayre!

Thanks for sharing, D.A.L.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

B, thanks for visiting. It gives the kids a chance to be close to nature. Hopefully they will come to be young naturalist. Best wishes.


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Joy56 6 years ago

wow looks like a good time was had by all, wish i could have been there, but your photos make us feel like we almost were. The owls are lovely, so nice to see children able to see them up close and personal.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

HI,In England{and the rest of the U.K.} shows like this are common place. This particular event has taken place for about ten years.Thank you for visiting. Best wishes to you.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

You captured a fun filled day very well in this article. The weather appeared to be splendid and the kids having fun. If I would have been there, I will surely not want to miss a day like this. Is this a special day of commemoration, or just a fun day for the community. Where was the origen, it would be interesting to know.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

timorous thank you for visiting, we owe Bill and others like him around the world a great deal of thanks.Best wishes

Jand, thank you too, for visiting,can imagine you running after that French pony. Best wishes.

Kaie,Your very welcome , glad you enjoyed it. these owls were very tame and would let you hold them without any problems. Best wishes.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

How fun was this? I'd be there in a heartbeat......... well, maybe more than a heartbeat; it's quite a distance, but very enticing! I want to hold the owl :-D Thanks for this! Kaie


jandee 6 years ago

hello D.A.L. Good work and my favourite was Black cow even though there is no black really ! very important work for the kids isn't it, love to go on the pony and trap but too heavy for poor pony. We tried to help very old farmer capture his runaway pony a few months age and we were secretly scared but okay in the end, that was in the absolute country in france,best from jandee


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

Hi D.A.L. A nice trip to the fayre. Congrats to Barn Owl Bill and his staff. A noble gesture, it's seems Bill has found his calling (and I don't necessarily mean owl hoots...).

Nice pictures. Looks like the kids had lots of fun too.

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