A Very Birdy Weekend…

Duck_ChestThe sun came out for the first time in (what seemed like) months on Saturday so in true Lucky style we made the most of the opportunity and headed out on an adventure taking our prototype Puffin Pal puppet with us.

First stop on Saturday was the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Slimbridge – Mandarin_Duck what an amazing place, with a brilliant balance of wild and captive birds.

The highlight had to be the massive flocks of lapwings which produced some stunning aerial displays that would challenge any starling murmuration as a spectacle.

We captured a little video of them to share with you here:

Puffin Pal also met flamingos, avocets, cranes and mandarin ducks…a wonderful day.

Sunday was also a treat for us as we were lucky enAvocetough to be invited to attend the annual reunion of the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer, a fabulous group of people dedicated to supporting and protecting the islands on which the Island Friends books are based.

Gull_In_A_RowThe Friends of Skokholm and Skomer had invited us to speak about our books and their development and it was lovely to receive so many kind words of support from them all.  You can find out more about the Friends here.

It was also great to catch up with old friends from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales – we’re looking forward to working with them this year to develop educational materials and support the Islands…including the possibility of a book launch in the Spring…watch this space….


Back Our Kickstarter Project!

island_friends_intro-01We’re very excited to announce that our Kickstarter Project for the Island Friends children’s book series is now live and accepting pledges from backers!

We’ve got loads of different backer rewards lined up, so there’s something for everyone – whatever you can afford. The limited edition first run will be printed and posted out to backers in November, so they’ll be in plenty of time to give as gifts during the holidays.

What are the books about?

They’re about a very little puffin with a very purple beak!  Well, yes they are, but they’re also about inspiring very young children to take an enterprising attitude to life, and to learn how to do this from nature.  We’re worried that the nation is developing a generation of young people who may not have the skills they need to be independent, self-starting, and adaptable in their changing environment and we wanted to do something about it.

We see nature as the ultimate entrepreneur, and have used nature as the backdrop for our stories for 2-7 year olds aimed at helping them develop enterprising mindsets from an early age.

So, if this is something you feel strongly about too, please click here to find out more and back the project today.

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