Wildlife Buzz Awards
The Woodland Trust 2020
The team at the Smithills Estate continued to reach audiences digitally throughout the covid-19 pandemic. In Spring, they asked us to work on a live event to be delivered on zoom which would engage audiences with the wildlife on the estate, in the same way that the Bioblitz in person events traditionally do on the estate.
What We Did
Our starting point were the results of the most recent wildlife surveys on the estate which had identified a new visitor Dragonfly species as well as highlighting the relative lack of information on the noctule bat populations. We decided to create a live awards show in which a representative from each habitat on the estate was recognised for their particular skill – which they had the opportunity to showcase as part of the event. We created a noctule bat rap in which they made a bid for attention, a dragonfly exercise video and a female skylarks plaintive appeal in full 80s power ballad mode for owners to keep their dogs away from nesting sites.
We delivered the event live in the Summer of 2022 to an invited audience of young adults with learning disabilities, complete with live Q and A in which we fielded questions such as – why do you sleep upside down, what is your favourite food and do you migrate? Furthermore, elements of the event were able to be kept as separate resources and reached a wider audience on the Trust’s social media channels
“I have to say we have had some fantastic feedback so far and I was over the moon when we sold out of the tickets by Thursday morning. We had to turn quite a few people away for Halloween itself – but a good problem to have!”
Want this for your event?
If you would like us to deliver this sort of performance at your venue, get in touch.