Previous Events and Festivals

 Watson Birds Festival 2014

19th – 21st September

St John’s Town of Dalry

A little Birdie told me that Watson Birds Festival was a success!

Watson Birds Festival, based in the idyllic village of Dalry, Castle Douglas, attracted many visitors over the weekend. People flocked to visit the events on offer including an art exhibition with local and more renowned artists. Live performances, science talks and a definite favourite a live owl display, where people could interact and get to know real live owls!

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the work of Donald Watson, a keen birder and wonderful artist. Project Officer Lynsay Bradford said; ‘In generating a festival, we can create community involvement as well as reach further afield to people including artists and scientists about a more specified area of Donald’s work.’

The event ran over three days with a successful opening of the exhibition on the Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday were filled with events that appealed to many people of all ages and abilities. The Raptor Science prize was well attended with Dutch talkers Ben Koks and Raymond Klaassen, promoting their Satellite tracking journal papers, a bird that remained a firm interest to Donald Watson and his son Jeff.  

There was local school and group involvement including Catstrand dance group, ran by Sara Lockwood, in which they performed a magnificent dance of ‘Swallow Migration, The Journey’. Dalry primary school kindly made the backdrop images and props for the dance and learned valuable information about bird migration, a theme throughout the festival.

Lynsay would like to thank all of those involved in making the Watson Bird Festival 2014 a success, in particular the Dalry Town hall Volunteers who ran teas and coffees during the exhibition opening hours and to the Clachan Inn for their sponsor and support. ‘It would not have been possible to create such an event without the help of dedicated volunteers and local support.’

The Watson Bird Festival is an annual event; however the project would like to promote events throughout the year to generate more local interest and widen the audience further afield, to help promote the importance of Donald’s work.