I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Just as the warmer weather arrives for spring, the Willoughby Fauna Fair will make sure you really appreciate being outside. It's all about the animals that live in our local area, whether they're native residents, or just pets.
This year's event will be on Sunday August 23 and will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm.
The fair offers a chance to learn about local animals and their environment, enjoy kids activities and wildlife shows, and find ways to make your life more wildlife-friendly.
Special guests at the event will include Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC's Gardening Australia, and Martyn Robinson, naturalist from the Australian Museum. They will have a look at our soil and what it takes to get the healthiest soil (you can bring a sample from home if you want an expert opinion on yours).
Other guests will be giving talks, including Megan Halcroft (Bees Business), Dr Holy Parsons (Birds in Backyards) and Marian Anstis. They will cover the a diverse range of wildlife than can be found in our gardens – from bats and owls, to birds, bees, bugs and frogs.
Image courtesy of Andrew Mercer / Wikimedia Commons
The fair isn't all about the native animals though; it's actually very pet friendly. You can even bring your dog along and get free obedience lessons or a microchip check.
A vet stall will offer free canine care advice, and elsewhere you can learn how your four-legged friends can live alongside the native animals. Kids can win prizes in a pet drawing competition.
You'll likely be at the Fauna Fair for lunch, so there are a few food options. Grab something healthy at The Veggie Patch Van, or get coffee to keep you going from Forsyth's. There will also be a Scouts BBQ and a pre-school cake stall.
In the lead up to the festival, (from Wednesday July 29 to Monday August 24) artwork by Karen Bloomfield and some of Willoughby Council's Wildlife team will be exhibited in the Foyer Exhibition Space of Willoughby Park Centre. The works can be viewed between 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.