END OF DAY 3 OF FESTIVAL OF NATURE – HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED!

7th June 2021

It's the end of day 3 of the Festival of Nature and we were thrilled to be joined by so many amazing voices of nature for another packed day of content! 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


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Let's Get Buzzing with Paul Pearce

How can we maintain wild areas that promote habitats for our ever important pollinator species such as bees and butterflies? That's the question we're asking Paul Pearce of Bath & North East Somerset Council in today's episode

Ian Solomon Kawall Podcast

Ian Slomon Kawall - Hear from Ian Solomon Kawall for an insight of the values of nature through his project May Project Gardens - https://www.mayproject.org/


Chickens or Dickens - Round 2!

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!


Buzzing around Bristol Botanic Gardens

The stunning University of Bristol Botanic Garden is home to a whopping 4,500 plant species. Set in the luscious five-acre gardens, we’ll explore the remarkable relationship between flowers and pollinators, and discover Bristol's rare and threatened native plants with the help of experts Daniel Robert, Marc Holderied, and Nick Wray.


Hydroponic Hijinks

What is hydroponics? We were joined by Artist Katy Connor to find out the fascinating questions being explored at Pervaside Media Studios in this walkthrough and Q&A.


The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, Melanie Kirby

We meet Melanie, here to tell her story about her involvement in the natural world working with bees an her work as an educator for the Institute of American Indian Arts


Resilient People, Resilient Ecosystems in Smart Cities (RESPiRES) - Q&A with Ian Thornhill

We joined Ian Thornhill of Bath Spa University for a look at the RESPiRES project, which explores how we can take advantage of natural spaces to promote sustainable smart cities!


Fluttering Through History

Over 700,000 wildlife specimens are held at Bristol Museum & Art, but the public only see a very small number on display. In this film we go on a special tour behind the scenes with Rhian Rowson, Natural History Curator to explore the butterfly collections in the museum. We also discover how you can help Bristol Regional Environmental Record Centre (BRERC) by reporting butterfly sightings!


Penguins in a Warming World

Dr Jane Younger from the Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath: Penguins in a Warming World.


Re-connecting People with Nature - Live discussion with Forestry England

A discussion with Ellen Devine and Karen Price of Forestry England, as they discuss nature, wellbeing and how we connect with trees and woodlands.


Bristol Rainforest - What is your relationship with nature?

We go behind the scenes at Bristol Rainforest with Amrish Pandya to hear about his relationship with the natural world.


Bacteria biofilms and where to find them - Live Q&A with Johanna Ben Blee

Let's take a dive into the microscopic world of bacteria with Johanna Benn-Blee at University of Bristol to discover how bacteria colonies communicate via electrical signalling. Can we make use of this incredible phenomenon?


Show and Tell Nature: What's What

Get involved in our fast-paced quiz show and learn about biomimicry – the plants and animals in nature which have inspired some of the things we use every day! Will you be a nature copy-cat pro, or have you still got a way to go?


Temple Tales: Midsummer Nature Nights // Bringing New Life to Ruins

There are still two more Temple Tales: Midsummer Nature Nights on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings

This summer we head outdoors for three special blended broadcasts from Temple Church with Festival of NatureLandscape Institute and English Heritage. Join us outdoors (limited tickets available) or online and bring nature into your home with this special Temple Tales: Midsummer Nature series.

Bringing New Life to Ruins will look at projects which combine the conservation of historic buildings and structures with the introduction of nature. Featuring landscape designer, horticulturalist, writer and gardener Dan Pearson, Dutch Landscape Architect Eric-Jan PleijsterJohn Watkins Head of Gardens and Landscapes at English Heritage, Director of The Architecture Centre Anna Rutherford to explore the romantic and radical approaches to regenerating historic environments with nature.

Communicate presents: People. Nature. Climate. Urban and Rural Environmental Emergencies

Thank you to everyone who spoke at and joined us for this special Communicate event as part of Festival of Nature 2021, exploring how UK cities and regions are engaging stakeholders and citizens in addressing the ecological and climate emergencies!


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!