END OF DAY 2 OF FESTIVAL OF NATURE – HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED!

6th June 2021

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in today's celebrations! Below are links to everything which happened - if you missed anything the first time simply click on the titles.

Make sure to check back tomorrow as we have another full day of programmed content (including a few ticketed events - which you can still book a place on here). Also, if you've been inspired by today's content, then check out our Actions For Nature Hub where you will find lots of personal actions to help the natural world!


Chickens or Dickens

Is it a Dickens character or is it a breed of chicken? That's the question that Bushra Abu-Helil asks in this short Q&A. Bushra will be on hand everyday throughout the festival with a new bird brained teaser!


Prehistoric Bristol, what did it look like? - A discussion with Jack Lovegrove

Dinosaurs, floods and tropical islands, sounds just like Bristol right? Jack Lovegrove of the University of Bristol explored how research has suggested that Bristol used to be home to the earliest dinosaurs


Frozen In Time - Live Q&A with Rhys Charles

Fossil hunter and dinosaur enthusiast Rhys Charles dived into the world of British fossils and showed us where we can find fossils in the UK and how to responsibly go looking!


The Joy of Making with Alom Shaha

Science teacher, writer and film maker Alom Shaha explored the joy of making. Watch again and get creative as Alom shows you how to make a paper helicopter using just two sheets of paper and sticky tape!


The Genesis Quest : In Conversation with Michael Marshall

What happened over 3.5 billion years ago to turn a dead ball of wet volcanic rock into a thriving biosphere? What did the first living thing look like, what was it made of, and how did it form? Author Michael Marshall delved into the journey humankind has taken to uncover the origins of life on Earth.


WHERE? : In Conversation with Simon Moreton 

Simon chatted to us about his new book ‘WHERE?’, a memoir exploring life and death in the Shropshire Hills that combines prose, illustration, photos, archival texts.

In 2017, Simon Moreton’s father fell suddenly ill and died. His death sent the author back to his childhood home in rural Shropshire to process his grief by revisiting his family’s time as transplants to the countryside. WHERE? weaves a gentle story that slips and slides in time and geography, creating connections across places, histories, families, times, and circumstance all to answer the question – ‘where are you from?’

To order your copy of the book visit: https://www.littletoller.co.uk/shop/books/little-toller/where-by-simon-moreton/


Draw Along with Lauren Cook

Grab your colouring pencils and a sheet of paper and get creative with PhD student and wildlife artist Lauren Cook. Learn how to draw a red fox with Lauren and discover more about the wonderful lives of our urban neighbours. To take part, you will need: a sheet of paper, an eraser and colouring pencils


Show and Tell Nature: Simply the Pest (and watch the after show interview here

Comedians battle it out to win the audiences votes to save pests or send them to extinction. Competitors will go up against each other in a bout, arguing for the virtues of slugs , the evils of ants or perhaps the intelligence of pigeons, before a final showdown to decide on our champion pest lover or hater. Will our pests be saved or exterminated?

(Please note this show is 18+ so you won't be able to watch unless signed in on Youtube)


We also had two amazing live streams which were not recorded to allow audiences to be as free as possible.

A huge thank you to Bristol City Poet 2020-22, Caleb Parkin for running the bawdy and hilarious Nature Camp: Queering Ecopoetry!

A further thank you to Dr Mimi Thebo for running the workshop "Dreaming the Bear" which took us through simple writing exercises and on a journey of the imagination!


Remember if you were out and about today enjoying nature in the glorious weather - let us know by sharing your nature shots on social media and using the tag #InMyNature

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this opening day to Festival of Nature and to all contributors who made it happen. We can't wait to see what tomorrow's celebrations bring!