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A highlight of Willoughby’s event calendar is making a triumphant return with the Fauna Fair expected to attract more than 1,000 people to celebrate our natural world at Willoughby Park.

Pop Sunday August 28 in the diary because the wonderful Fauna Fair back and not to be missed by families and nature lovers. This year the theme of Fauna Fair will be “Connecting With Nature” and a range of activities and stalls will feature at the popular event.

One of the absolute highlights of the Fauna Fair is on again – the spectacular free-flight bird show.  There will also be Australian wildlife exhibitions featuring a range of native creatures including mammals, reptiles, birds and frogs, and fun wildlife craft activities too.

Fair-goers can even learn about environmentally friendly pest control and how to get involved in Council’s fascinating citizen science campaigns.

Three new exhibitors will also join Fauna Fair for the first time – Australian Environmental Education, Reverse Garbage who make recycling fun, and Indigigrow who pass down Aboriginal knowledge to grow and revive local endangered native plants and native edibles.

Willoughby City Mayor Tanya Taylor said this year’s long-anticipated Fauna Fair was a not-to-be-missed opportunity, having experienced a two-year Covid hiatus.

“Willoughby is home to beautiful natural bushland which provides habitat to an abundance of native wildlife and animals,” Mayor Taylor said.

“Fauna Fair is an opportunity to build a connection with local wildlife, learn about their habitats and consider responsible lifestyle choices we can make to protect them.

“I’m proud to note this event will be free of single-use plastics, so make sure you bring your own reusable bottle, coffee cup and shopping bags.”

Fauna Fair was first launched in 2004 as an initiative to raise community awareness of newly declared Wildlife Protection Areas in the Willoughby Local Government Area.

Over the past 16 years, the Fair has reinforced the importance of issues including the value of trees, protecting waterways and marine life, native bees and wildlife rescue.

Activities include:

  • Live animal shows featuring native birds, reptiles and more
  • Information stalls on topics including wildlife, gardening, bushcare, citizen science, wildlife rescue, pets, sustainability and conservation
  • Information on how to get involved in your local community
  • Kid’s crafts and entertainment
  • Food, drinks, plants and fresh produce from Willoughby’s local Community Gardens will be on sale

Fauna Fair 2022

When: Sunday, 28 August

Where: Willoughby Park (McClelland Street, Willoughby) from 10am to 3pm.