Going quackers for ducks
History, craft and wildlife on show
THIS flock of ducks being rounded up by sheepdog Sam were one of the highlights of the Ruislip Woods Festival held on Sunday in glorious sunshine.
THOUSANDS flocked to enjoy the 18th Ruislip Woods Festival, enjoying displays and crafts while basking in the sunshine.
This year’s festival, on Sunday, saw new attraction, the ‘Quack Pack’, a flock of mischievous ducks rounded up by champion sheepdog, Sam with his owner Meirion from Wales.
Also popular with visitors was the falconry display with an ‘impressive’ Bald Eagle as well as Morris Dancers, who persuaded them to join in the fun.
Debbie Valman, Secretary to The Ruislip Woods Trust, said: “This event is laid on by The London Borough of Hillingdon and The Ruislip Woods Trust to encourage people to learn more about the woods.
“There were demonstrations of woodland crafts and the giant wood mizer sawing up tree trunks as well as local natural history societies to engage people with the wildlife and fauna of this special area.”
The sunny day was ideal to take advantage of the special telescopes bought in by WOOLAS (West of London Astronomical Society) which the public could use to view the sun.
A ‘Kinovan’ or a small cinema in a van collected archive film from all round London showing its findings, with great archive film of Ruislip lido for all to enjoy.
If you’d like to find out more about similar future events, check out: www. ruislipwoodstrust.org.uk.
n HIGH FLYER: A falconry display at Ruislip Woods Festival
n JINGLE BELLS: Morris dancers entertain the crowds
n HEAVE!: Visitors take part in a tug-of-war contest