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BLOG 2014: Tales from the Festival

See what we got up to at the Festival of Nature 2014 and get the behind the scenes gossip from our festival assistant Sophie!

Festival of Nature at At-Bristol's Millennium Square

Really Wild Show – Festival of Nature expands for 2014

9 April 2014. The Festival of Nature returns this summer and will be bigger, better and wilder than ever, featuring more than 20 events across Bristol and the West of ...


Three Brooks BioBlitz discovers 617 species in Bradley Stoke

Schools groups and families of Bradley Stoke joined local naturalists, scientists and volunteers to find and record 617 different species in 30 hours.


Bath Went Wild!

Photos from the Festival of Nature Bath Goes Wild on Saturday 7 June.

Pond dipping at Wild About Chew - credit Jon Craig Photography

It was Wild About Chew!

We had a great time at Chew Valley Lake on Sunday – were you there? Have a look through the photos and see if you can spot yourself…



BIOSPHERE brought poetry, words and inspiration to the Festival of Nature 2014

Bristol Sign (Bob Coombe)

Bigger, Better, Wilder – Festival of Nature returns to Bristol

9 June 2014. The Festival of Nature Wild Weekend runs on 15-16 June, packed with hands-on activities, live entertainment, a busy market and fascinating talks on the Bristol Harbourside


Bristol Bright Night

Bristol Bright Night will be taking over the city for the second time on 25th September 2015. Join us to celebrate Bristol’s place as a home for cutting-edge research through ...

Hugh Warwick with Hedgehog (Bob Coombe)

Festival of Nature Wild Weekend… a few highlights

Join us for the Festival of Nature Wild Weekend in Bristol – the UK’s biggest free nature event. Explore, discover and enjoy the natural world with a programme of interactive ...

Collecting specimens

Getting ready to BioBlitz in Bradley Stoke

Monday 02 June Take part in a free family event and go on a real-life wildlife expedition at Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve! Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve will be ...


A Wild Year for Festival of Nature 2015!

As the seasons shift once again and autumn really sets in, so too comes the end of another fantastic year of Festival of Nature events! 2015 has seen the Festival ...


Bath Festival of Nature 2015 Programme

Take a look at our full programme of hands-on activities from wild walks to inspiring workshops and much more!


Beyond BioBlitz – 24 hours of fun at Oldbury Court

Excitement is building here at BNHC towers ahead of our first event in 2015, the Bristol BioBlitz at Olbury Court Estate on 15-16 May, but this is no ordinary BioBlitz…


Festival partnering with Bristol 2015 for special edition of Gardeners’ Question Time

The Festival of Nature is joining forces with Bristol 2015 to host a very special edition of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.


Bill Oddie to headline Festival of Nature 2015

Iconic broadcaster Bill Oddie will headline the Talks Tent at this year’s Festival of Nature to coincide with the launch of his new book Unplucked.

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Festival of Nature – University of Bristol Preview

Find out the exciting plans for this year’s University of Bristol tent at the Festival of Nature

As spring turns into summer look out for reptiles basking in the sun.
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What to look out for at the Oldbury Court BioBlitz

Joining us at Oldbury Court this weekend? Here’s what you could find…

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Explorers Day kicks off summer of discovery

15 May 2014. An Explorers Day will be held at Oldbury Court Estate this Sunday to kick off the Festival of Nature’s community events programme.

This beautiful shot of a Dipper was taken on Saturday lunchtime

Oldbury Court BioBlitz – Gallery

We had some great fun and found some amazing species at our BioBlitz, click on the link to view our gallery.


A Wild Day at Stoke Park – Preview by Steve England

Steve England reflects on the history of Stoke Park, how important the natural world is for young people and what’s planned for Monday’s event.


“Going bug crazy!” – Interview with Bristol Zoo

Learn how Bristol Zoo Gardens are bringing Big Bugs to this year’s festival!

At-Bristol's PV Array with robotic peregrine falcon (Brian)

Take a tour with a difference with At-Bristol Science Centre

Find out what At-Bristol Science Centre have planned for the Festival of Nature Wild Weekend

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Festival of Nature 2015 Preview with Martin Evans

Martin Evans from BBC Radio Bristol looks back at the 2014 Festival of Nature and ahead to this year’s event!


5 Reasons to volunteer at the Festival of Nature

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2015, Gemma Windle, Volunteering Secretary at Bristol Nature Network has given us a run-down of her top 5 reasons to volunteer at the Festival of Nature: ...

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Exploring little windows into the sea

Bristol Aquarium shares some top tips for a great day out rockpooling at your local beach From saltmarsh creeks and rocky cliffs to the wide expanses of sandy beaches and ...


Top ten things to do at the UWE marquee

There is loads going on at the UWE marquee this year, so read here to find out what you might want to run to first!

Andy Day to perform at Festival of Nature

Have you ever seen a dinosaur rap? CBeebies presenter Andy Day will join us at the festival on Saturday 13th June

Locally sourced, beautiful burgers from ‘the creative burger people’

Foodies at the festival

We’ve got a phenomenal line-up of foodies coming along to the festival this year – view the gallery to get a taste of what’s to come


Go wild in the heart of the city

Thinking of joining us this weekend? Here are our top picks for things to do at the festival

(c) Hannah Bella

Bristol Parkhive app launched to encourage city to celebrate green spaces

A new app will be launched at the Festival of Nature this weekend to encourage Bristol visitors and locals to find and explore green spaces throughout the city.


Grow Wild this summer

Find out more about Grow Wild, who will be appearing at the festival this weekend

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Become a wildlife presenter with the BBC

The BBC Natural History Unit’s tent at this year’s festival will yet again be full of lots of exciting exhibits and activities for both adults and children.


New water fountain unveiled at festival

Bristol Water will unveil a new water fountain in Millennium Square at this year’s Festival of Nature

We spotted some unusual wildlife!

Look back at 2014 Bath Festival of Nature

Take a look at some fantastic shots of our Bath Festival last year to get you in the mood ahead of this year’s event!

There was engaging science from a host of exhibitors

Top things to look out for at the Bath Festival of Nature

Thinking of joining us at the Bath Festival of Nature? Here’s what to look out for!

(C) Kate Southall & Mark Eastment

Bath photography walk – Top Tips!

Ahead of a photography walk this Saturday, we got 5 top tips for the perfect shot!

(c) Kate Southall & Mark Eastment

Find wildlife in the heart of Bath

We caught up with David Goode to find out more about his exciting nature walk this Saturday


Bristol Festival of Nature highlights!

Check out this amazing video featuring the highlights of this year’s Bristol Festival of Nature

A butterfly in the pop-up butterfly garden

Bristol Festival of Nature Photo Gallery

Look back at some of the great moments from this year’s festival

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Gallery – Bath Festival of Nature

Check out these lovely photos of all the fun we had at the Bath Festival of Nature

Steven Williams – our amazing volunteer filmmaker

Big shout out to Steven Williams for volunteering his skills and time to film the Festival of Nature 2016


Volunteers eye view of the Festival – by Katherine Cockle

Thanks to one of our amazing volunteers, Katherine, for writing a lovely blog about her experience at the Bristol Festival of Nature event on the Harbourside this summer!

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Photo contest winner announced

We’re delighted to announce that Jade Smith from Bristol is the winner of our #connectwithnature photo contest.

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Festival’s grand finale arrives in Bath

Joining us for the Bath Festival of Nature? Here’s a taste of what to expect!

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Bath Festival Walks & Tours

From wildlife walks to organic garden tours, there’s plenty to discover at the Bath Festival of Nature


Discover renewable energy investments with Bath & West Community Energy

Visit the Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) tent at the Bath Festival of Nature and find out about their new public share offer

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Evolution and ecology at the University of Bath tent

Take part in science games and experiments at the University of Bath tent


Bath Festival Workshops and Arts tent

Nature poetry, illustration workshops, science stand-up and the Forest of Imagination all feature in the Arts & Workshops tent

Bath Festival of Nature market

Food and drink at the Bath Festival of Nature


Brilliant bats at the Bath & North East Somerset Council tent

Visit the BaNES marquee for a host of family-friendly bat activities

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Flit, Flap & Fly

Flit, Flap & Fly is a squawking adventure from Fine Chisel Theatre that follows a young chick’s frantic and funny journey towards independence,

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Festival poetry trail brings magic to the riverside

Walk an enchanted path along the River Avon this summer as you follow a brand new Festival of Nature poetry trail inspired by the river.

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Thousands turn out for Bristol Festival of Nature 2016

Thousands of people turned out to enjoy the first Festival of Nature 2016 weekend on Bristol Harbourside

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What will you discover at Festival of Nature 2016?

What will you discover at Festival of Nature 2016? Watch this lovely promo video by Steven Williams and join us this summer


Walk the river with us

Maddy and Matt from Festival of Nature took a wild walk along the River Avon from Bristol to Bath, following the route the Festival takes this summer


Meet TV wildlife heroes at the BBC Natural History Unit marquee

Meet wildlife TV celebrities and take your turn at becoming a co-presenter in the BBC Natural History Unit tent

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Landmark David Attenborough films: exclusive live screen and meet the producers

Step inside At-Bristol’s Planetarium on June 12 and watch the first live general public screening of the 360° virtual reality short Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur.


Practical ways to cut plastic use with City to Sea

Visit the City to Sea tent and discover how you can help reduce the problem of plastic getting into our rivers and oceans.


Top ten things to do at Bristol Festival of Nature

Thinking of going to the festival this weekend? Here are our top picks for the key things to see and do this year

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Learn how plastic affects wildlife with Bristol Zoological Society

Learn how plastic affects wildlife with Bristol Zoological Society


Ten things to discover at the UWE marquee

Forests of the future, underground rivers and energy bikes – find out what’s inside the UWE marquee this weekend


How does a bee see the world? Find out at the University of Bristol marquee

Find out how a bee sees the world at the University of Bristol Marquee this weekend

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Festival of Nature and M&S join forces to spark something good for Bristol

As part of the M&S Spark Something Good campaign, volunteers will join the Festival of Nature on Saturday June 11 to make a river flow through the heart of Bristol.

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Come face to face with Bristol’s biggest predator at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery marquee

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is bringing Bristol’s predators to the Festival of Nature.

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More than 850 people turn out for Bristol BioBlitz

More than 850 people joined the Bristol BioBlitz for 24 hours of wildlife recording, pond dipping, bat walks, spider hunts and moth trapping at Wild Place Project on May 13 ...

SMALL A researcher and participant at a previous FON event

BioBlitz results LIVE from Wild Place

We are racing against the clock to find as much wildlife as we can in 24 hours. Check here from 5pm Friday to 5pm Saturday for updates

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BioBlitz needs you!

Hedgehog footprints, CSI-style detective work and learning from the experts – regular BioBlitz team leader Gill Brown tells us why you should join a survey team

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Freelance Opportunity – Festival of Nature Assistant 2016

This is an opportunity to gain experience during the busiest and most exciting time of producing the annual Festival of Nature.

Xyleborus Monographus - credit Mark Telfer

Rare beetle discovered at Bristol Bioblitz

An unusual beetle spotted at the 2015 Bristol Bioblitz has been confirmed by experts as a rare bark beetle

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New sea shanty inspired by River Avon

Listen to a brand new sea shanty, composed for the Festival of Nature and inspired by the River Avon!


Pupil wins procession design contest

The winning design for the centrepiece of the Festival of Nature procession spectacle has been chosen!


Exclusive audio clips from Festival of Nature poetry trail

Sit back, relax and listen to the undulating sounds of the river with words from our five Festival of Nature poets. Each poem has been written in response to a ...

How to be Here

Festival of Nature walks and trails

Festival of Nature walks and trails

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Sighting of rare monkey on Brandon Hill

We have news this morning of an extremely rare monkey spotted among the foliage on Bristol’s Brandon Hill.

Bug hotel, taken by Plain Mara

Photo contest gallery

Connect with Nature photo contest entries


Bringing water research to life this March!

Our ‘Viewpoints’ events are a series of short discussions showcasing amazing water research and local projects. Did you come to Festival of Nature 2016? Three of our favourite events were ‘Sailing ...

Pete Morris from the Wildfowl and Wetlands trust chaired the discussion - 'if you go along the food chain,  wetlands do an amazing thing, they can turn poop into butterflies!'

Bristol Viewpoints: Waste Water and Water Waste

Turning poop into butterflies and other water waste solutions.

29204 How Water Shaped Bath Discussion 13 March 2017. Bristol Natural History Consortium and the University of Bath host a discussion series about the health of the River Avon and waterways around Bath. Speakers include Jun Zang from the University of Bath, Luis Felipe Velasquez from EarthWatch and Harriet Alvis from Bristol Avon Rivers Trust.  Client: Helen Featherstone - Public Engagement

Viewpoints Bath: How Water Shaped Bath

We took Viewpoints for Bath Taps into Science Festival and discussed waterways around Bath

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Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue Butterfly


Amara similata

Ground Bettle


Vespula vulgaris

Common Wasp