Nearly 2,000 people turned out at the weekend for two days of wildlife activities at Trebah, near Mawnan Smith, with a rescued fox cub stealing the show, and more than a few hearts.
Named Forrest Stump, after being found with a damaged tail near Newquay, the little sleepy fox was the centre of attention.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust ran a weekend full of events for all ages and showcased all its work protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places during its annual Wildlife Celebration.
Visitors had the chance to get close to buzzards, hawks, owls and reptiles with Gwel-an-Mor’s Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre as well as being able to see Trebah’s wild birds with live bird ringing demonstrations by the British Trust for Ornithology.
The Cornwall Bat Group were there with Norman the noctule and Maisy the long eared bat while Kernow Microscopical Society were there to show people insects and geology in incredible detail.
The trust’s marine team took people rock pooling on Trebah’s private beach and a number of guided walks took place, from nature photography to searching for bugs and mini beasts.
Fox Club, the trust’s junior section, ran children’s activities while the nature reserves team helped visitors make their very own bird nest-boxes and twig whistles.
Mark Nicholson, chairman of trustees for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “We were delighted to find so many people of all ages drawn to the activities at Trebah. The obvious enthusiasm generated by experiencing and learning about wildlife was a pleasure to see.”
Nigel Burnett, director of Trebah Gardens said: “We were really pleased to have worked in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and provide a venue for them to showcase their valuable work. It was a huge success and great to see nearly 2,000 people visit the garden over the weekend.”