Discovery Sunday at RSPB Dove Stone reservoir promised to be a great day but the British weather had other plans. We set off into a spring like morning and were joined by a few intrepid early risers to decorate an Art Bird and make a nest box. But the rain and wind slowly crept across the hills, hiding the peregrines on Dove Stone Quarry and forcing us to shelter under our hastily erected gazebo. Then the snow set in. By lunchtime we realised our gazebo wasn’t built for the suddenly arctic conditions and decided we’d better call it a day and make a swift exit before we froze.
Well done to the brave few who joined us to decorate an Art Bird and make a nest box and we hope to return for a full day in Summer. Meanwhile how’s about abirdigloo for the resident penguins?
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 01
I think it might snow!
Need a bigger abirdabode
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 02
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 06
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 04
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 05
As part of Well Good Arts Week the abirdabode big bird box landed at Gallery Oldham to give everyone chance to decorate an Art Bird.
People flocked to the big abirdabode and we were very busy all day with visitors of all ages decorating a multitude of Art Birds. A grand total of 142 Art Birds were created in a huge variety of dazzling designs from vibrant visions in spectacular colours to realistic Robins and Bluetits.
Every Art Bird created will be on display as part of the abirdabode exhibition and the Art Bird Flock is certainly going to look fantastic. Kettle (the Oldham Otter) was amazed (and very jealous of the Art Birds’ colourful plumage!).
We are thrilled to be working with the RSPB for their first Discovery Sunday event of 2015 so join us for a fun day out at Dove Stone Reservoir as part of the 16th Annual National Nest Box Week and help give a bird an abode.
On Sunday 22nd Feb the RSPB and abirdabode project artists are joining forces at Ashway Gap to help you to give a bird a home.
Join us between 11am – 3pm for activities that include:
- Making a simple nest box for your garden*
- Decorating a bird silhouette to become part of the abirdabode exhibition at Gallery Oldham
- Learn about nest boxes and helping birds in your garden
- Get a sneak preview of some of the amazing abirdabode Art Birdboxes made by Oldham groups
- Chat to the RSPB experts about local conservation
- Get a glimpse of the resident Peregrine Falcons as they start their nest building **
Discovery Sunday runs from 11am to 3pm at Ashway Gap picnic area, about half way round the main trail. Parking is available. It is a drop-in event, the art activities are free, but there is a charge to make your own nest box (£5 for non RSPB members, £4 for members).
To help support the event you can download, print and display your own poster here.
Click here for directions to the reservoir and more info on RSPB Dove Stone.
All activities are weather dependent and may have to be cancelled at short notice in the event of severe conditions like snow or ice.
* We only have limited kits available so this activity is on a first come first served basis.
** Peregrine activities cannot be guaranteed and may be replaced by other birds without prior notice
We’re thrilled to announce that the abirdabode large Art Birdbox will make an appearance at the Oldham Reindeer Parade 2014.
The parade is themed on the 12 Days of Christmas (which involves a fair number of birds of one sort or another) and the abirdabode big Art Birdbox will be representing Four Calling Birds…
Keep an eye out for the big Partridge in A Pear Tree too!
On Saturday abirdabode braved the slightly inclement weather conditions to set up the Big Art Birdbox at Oldham Flower Festival.
The day started of with quite a bit of rain and we were worried that no–one would venture out after the amazing sunshine of the previous week; this combined with the insane thunder and lightning that seems to have woken everyone in the middle of the night on Friday made us doubt we would be busy. How wrong we were!
Oldhamers are not afraid of a little bit of rain and the day was brilliant. Participants of all ages joined us throughout the day, including some who had decorated a bird at Festival Oldham. They created some amazing decorated art birds for the front of the Big Art Birdbox, including the most realistic woodpecker so far, some amazingly coloured and patterned pigeons and a beautiful stripey bullfinch. We also had a celebrity guest make a decorated bird; Joe Swift created an aboriginal art inspired version of his namesake, the Swift.
Thank you for everyone who joined us and chatted to us and decorated a bird – it was a great day and we hope the herbs you planted with Get Oldham Growing team are flourishing!
Mark in prime position
Almost at the top
I did this
What a woodpecker
We made these
What’s the point?
82 decorated birds!
What’s in there?
Robin at the base
Checking it’s correct
I can draw with my eyes closed too
The first abirdabode creative engagement drop-in took place at Festival Oldham’s Rooted Festival on Saturday
We were located in the Gallery Oldham Gardens next to the RSPB gazebo and the big abirdabode looked great against the greenery. It now housed a mini art gallery of three art bird boxes enhanced by bird song emitting from within.
For the festival we invited visitors to use paint pens to decorate the wooden bird silhouettes to enhance the front of the big abirdabode and despite the rather damp weather conditions lots of visitors got involved.
Inspired by bird recognition sheets, birds they had seen in their gardens, the art birdboxes and their amazing imaginations by the end of the day we had a multitude of birds decorating the outside of the big abirdabode. Fantastic plumage on display included beautiful patterns, abstract scribbles, detailed realistic representations and even a 1D bird all in colours and variations as amazing and attractive as the real birds that inspired us.
abig abirdabode decorated
Mahdlo Brownies at abirdabode
Investigating abig abirdabode
Painted in the rain
We made these