END OF DAY 4 OF FESTIVAL OF NATURE – HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED!

8th June 2021

It's the end of day 4 of the Festival of Nature and we were thrilled to be joined by so many amazing voices of nature exploring all things water for World Oceans Day! 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


Active in Lockdown: Exploring Bristol and the surrounding area during the COVID-19 pandemic

Did you become more physically active during lockdown? If so, we want to hear from you. Active in Lockdown is interested in hearing and recording your stories of cycling, running, walking or any other form of human-powered mobility during lockdown. We want to hear of a variety of stories and experiences from those who became more active during the first period of lockdown as well as those who are now trying to remain active in the dark winter months of the pandemic.


WWT Slimbridge behind the scenes

The Common Crane was lost to the UK for nearly 400 years. We chatted to the WWT Slimbridge Reserve Manager Dave Paynter to find out how their conservation efforts have successfully reintroduced these magnificent birds.


Chickens or Dickens Round 3

Is it a Dickens character or is it a breed of chicken? Bushra Abu-Helil is back for another short Q&A. Bushra will be on hand everyday throughout the festival with a new bird brained teaser!


Live with Libby Bowles, Sustainable Hive

We were joined by Libby Bowles, a teacher and marine conservationist at Sustainable Hive CIC to hear all about their latest Treasure Your River campaign preventing river litter from reaching the ocean! During 5 years studying and protecting corals and endangered iconic species including manta rays and whale sharks, she has seen firsthand the effects of humans on the marine environment. Libby and Sustainable Hive have pledged to make a positive difference through education to create a global tribe of real-life game-changing superheroes


WaterBlitz - Live Q&A with George Clark, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust

The Bristol Avon WaterBlitz is an annual event to collect as many water quality samples as possible from across the Bristol Avon Catchment. George Clark of Bristol Avon Rivers Trust told us all about this amazing project!


Bristol Rainforest with Lydia Mulvaney

We've been behind the scenes at Bristol Rainforest speacking to the amazing group of volunteers connecting community through nature. Lydia Mulvaney shares a story of her relationship with the natural world


Little Changes with Tiffany Taylor

We joined Tiffany Taylor for an exploration of evolutionary biology at the University of Bath and hear about her children's books Little Changes and Little Letter


How to build a bee hotel

Matt Collis of Avon Wildlife Trust taught us how to make a bee hotel perfect for supporting pollinators in your garden

Check out other Actions for Nature in the Festival of Nature Actions Hub


WWT on Blue Prescriptions -  Listen on Spotify | Anchor

Our natural world has an important part to play in preventing and treating ill health and we believe more people should have the opportunity to access these incredible natural environments where they live and work. In this we hear from Jonathan Reeves, Principal Researcher (Health & Wellbeing) at WWT to discuss the Blue Prescriptions project, a a nature-based form of social prescribing.


How to make a drainpipe wetland

Do you wish you had a pond, but don’t have the space? At WWT we have large wetland reserves, but it’s not only the large wetlands that have value for wildlife.

Check out other Actions for Nature in the Festival of Nature Actions Hub


Actions for Nature Podcast: Choose Better - Listen on Spotify | Anchor

The first of four special podcast episodes - hear from experts and researchers on how to switch to more sustainable products and services, supporting a nature friendly economy.


Bristol Rainforest with Zezere

We go behind the scenes at Bristol Rainforest with Zezere to hear about their relationship with the natural world


Show & Tell Nature - Be Kind, Grow Wild!

The Be Kind Grow Wild activity will show you how easy it is to make your own wildflower cards from recycled paper. With these cards you can share your kindness by giving a wildflower card to your neighbours, friends or family members. Each participant will get a hand illustrated card to write kind words on and share them with others. Moreover, by growing wildflowers you can contribute to the wildlife in the city as wildflowers provide great habitats that support a rich variety of insect life that is important for a healthy ecosystem. Be part of the movement and #bekindgrowwild!


Temple Tales: Midsummer Nature Nights // A Local Future (not recorded)

This summer we head outdoors for three special blended broadcasts from Temple Church with Festival of Nature, Landscape 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.

In A Local Future we ask, what does localisation mean to you? How do we inspire change for the wellbeing of people and planet? In celebration of World Localisation Day (20 June), we are joined by inspirational speakers from across the globe for a whistle-stop tour on localisation from Bristol, the Netherlands to Sri Lanka.


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Visit the Festival of Nature Actions Hub to connect with nature in your neighbourhood and discover how your everyday actions can help with nature’s recovery. www.festivalofnature.org.uk

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