END OF DAY 7 – HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED!

11th June 2021

What a great end to the week - A huge thanks to our amazing lineup of voices for nature for contributing to the interviews, podcasts, live chats and activities today!

We still have one more day of #FestofNature21 activity for you - so make sure to get involved tomorrow by following us across social media on @festofnature!

Below are links to everything which happened today - if you missed anything the first time simply click on the titles.


Bristol Rainforest with Selby Larner

We go behind the scenes at Bristol Rainforest with Selby Larner to hear about her relationship with the natural world


The Minerva Lecture: In Conversation with Dr Katherine Burgess and Professor Paul Stallard

Join Sean for a discussion with Dr Katherine Burgess and Professor Paul Stallard as they discuss the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has made us think about health & wellbeing, and how our connection to the outdoors impacts this.


Off The Record with Elise Harp

OTR is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. We hear from project leader Elsie Harp all about how OTR uses nature to support young people through their Nature Works programme.


In Conversation with Amanda Craig from Natural England

Join Natural History Consortium CEO Savita Willmott for a chat with Amanda Craig, Programme Director at Natural England for a discussion about the Connecting People with Nature Programme


In Conversation with Sophie Grig & Dr Mya-Rose Craig

Join Sophie Grig, Senior Research and Advocacy Officer at Survival International (@survival) in discussion with @BirdgirlUK, Dr Mya-Rose Craig


Voices for Nature - Henry Palmer

Hear from Henry Palmer, discussing his nature story over the pandemic, from mint plants to air quality and back again


Paul McGuinness BBC Wildlife Magazine

What makes a great wildlife story? Hear from Paul McGuinness, Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine as we discuss how stories are chosen and how the industry is changing as we see developments in the ecosystem of environmental communications.


Chickens or Dickens: round 6

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

Feeding Time at Wild Place Project

It’s feeding time at Wild Place Project! We’ll be joining the tallest residents for lunch, meeting the troop of friendly lemur, and finding out about the vital conservation work taking place to protect these incredible animals in the wild.


A Year of Living Dangerously - Tackling Racial and Environmental Justice Post Covid-19

Read this fantastic guest blog written by Roger Griffith MBE


Bristol Rainforest with Ash Kayser

We go behind the scenes at Bristol Rainforest with Ash Kayser to hear about his relationship with the natural world


Show and Tell Nature: Edible Neighbourhood

Challenging the idea that litter and scraps are ugly, the team will race to produce greeting cards for one lucky audience member against the clock, using only offcuts, waste and a little creativity. 


We're thrilled to have had so many amazing contributors over the five awesome podcasts released today!

You can list to all of the episodes release so far on Spotify or Anchor or click on the episodes released today.

Actions For Nature Podcast: Demand more

Hear from elected officals and campaigners on how to lend your voice to encourage policy makers, businesses and institutions to be more nature friendly.

Ways of Listening with Frances Mckenney

The Ways of Listening project began as a series of guided walks designed to introduce young people to the different ‘ways’ in which scientist, musicians and poets have developed for listening to birdsong. Today Frances Mackenney joins the Voices of Nature podcast to discuss the aims of the project and how we can improve our connections with the natural world.

The Impact of Green Spaces on Health

Hear from Professor Danielle Sinnett about the importance of green infrastructure in our cities and how important it is for our health

Bonus Episode - with Roy Kareem from Black and Green Ambassadors

Meet Roy Kareem from Bristol's Black and Green Ambassadors and hear how to get involved with the researcher projects the Black and Green Ambassadors are currently undertaking.

Keeping up with the fastest animal on earth

Travelling at top speeds of over 300km/h, the peregrine falcon is one of the most powerful animals in the sky. But it is also an incredibly fragile species, and today we speak to Colin Knowles of the National Trust to talk about the threats facing these iconic birds and how we can best help them to thrive.


We hope you are enjoying this content and please check out the rest of the Festival of Nature 2021 by following #FestOfNature21 on socials. We’d love to hear your own nature connection stories so tag us using #InMyNature.

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