Professional Events during Festival of Nature 2024

Do you volunteer or work in the environmental sector - or would you like to? Our professional events programme is open to all, with a focus on networking, skills, and key environmental issues facing the region.

Nature and Business: Sector Roundtables

Monday 3 June | Bristol

We’ll be hosting professional events on June 3 to take a deep dive into the business case for nature in different sectors. Roundtable 1: Nature and the Creative Industries. Roundtable 2: Biodiversity Net Gain and The Regional Skills Agenda

For more information or to get involved please email Savita Willmott, Chief Executive, The Natural History Consortium at festival@bnhc.org.uk.

Nature Away Day for Businesses

Tuesday 4 June, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Multiple locations across Bristol

Take your team out of the office for a purposeful away day this June. Reconnect, align, and motivate in beautiful green spaces in and around Bristol, while championing local community initiatives. Grow the positive impacts of your business and strengthen employee relationships to one another and the wider community

Natural England and the NHS are collaborating with Festival of Nature on this pilot event, connecting businesses with Green Social Prescribing practitioners that offer inspiring outdoor sessions, as part of the Healthier with Nature programme. (£25/pp)

https://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/nature-away-day-festival-of-nature-2024

Nature Content Creators Evening

Tuesday 4 June, 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Wiper and True Taproom, Unit 11, City Business Park, St Jude's, Bristol, BS5 0SP

Are you interested in the power of creative, innovative content to engage people with the natural world? Get inspired by a series speed talks from a range of local and national creators, from wildlife filmmakers and photographers to TikTok-ers and artists.

This evening event is a great opportunity to learn new ways of making content and meet like-minded people in the sector. Look forward to networking with some new faces, reconnecting with other familiar ones and sharing ideas to invigorate new activities. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Suitable for 16+. Please note, this event takes place in a bar, photo ID will be required for any alcohol purchase.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nature-content-creators-tickets-877271130567?aff=oddtdtcreator

Wessex Citizen Science Conference

Wednesday 5 June, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm | Apex City of Bath Hotel, James Street West, Bath, BA1 2DA

Do you work or volunteer in Citizen Science? Join us as we explore ways to improve citizen/community science in the Wessex region. Through engaging workshops, insightful presentations, and collaborative discussions, we aim to explore the changes that can be made to create better data, improve science, and support the wider community. This event has been organised by the Natural History Consortium as part of the Citizen Science Local Pilot led by Natural England and funded by Defra’s Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment programme. Booking coming soon.

Bristol Distinguished Address Series: Danielle Mulder

Wednesday 5 June, 6:30 - 7:30 pm followed by a drinks reception | Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Danielle Mulder is Director of Sustainability for BBC Group, and was awarded UK Green Business Leader of the Year in 2023. She has spearheaded the BBC’s “Nature Positive” programme and will share insights on leadership, environmental sustainability, and the business case for biodiversity.

https://www.uwe.ac.uk/events/bdas-beyond-carbon-how-the-bbc-is-becoming-nature-positive

Nature in Statutory Health and Social Care – Blue Health Meeting

Thursday 6 June, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | All Aboard Bristol, Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG

Do you have an interest in bringing nature into health and social care practice? ‘Nature in Statutory Practice and Allies’ (NISPA) is part of the Nature and Health Practice Network. Our meetings provide a valuable space for practitioners and anyone interested in this area to build a community of practice. Everyone is welcome! 

This meeting will have a water theme, taking place at All-Aboard, a centre for inclusive water sports. There will be an optional breakfast bell boat paddle before the main meeting, which will include talks from a variety of blue health specialists and space to network. Refreshments provided. 

Book for the paddle taster and meeting

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UWE Science Communication South West Conference

Friday 7 June, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm | UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY

The South West is a hub for science communication, with a wide range of organisations contributing to the sector. At this second SciComm South West conference, we’ll have an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of this expertise and reflect on the challenges we face. Help shape the discussion by joining us to hear the perspectives from a range of organisations from the South West and beyond.

https://www.uwe.ac.uk/events/scicomm-south-west

Become a Force for Nature: Bee Bold Awards

Thursday 6 June, 3:00 - 6:00 pm | University of Bath, School of Management, Bath, BA2 7AZ

Join organisations from across the West of England for an afternoon of exploring and discussing leading nature solutions at the University of Bath School of Management, as part of the 2024 Bee Bold Awards. Hear from experts in the business and nature fields about the range of actions organisations are taking to support nature. Explore an exciting and diverse marketplace of biodiversity solutions and services that are already supporting organisations in achieving their nature ambitions.

The event will culminate in the crowning of several leading nature recovery projects from businesses, education providers and community-based groups as the 2024 Bee Bold winners.

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/westofenglandcombinedauthority/1230815

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Festival of Nature is produced annually by the charity, The Natural History Consortium. The Natural History Consortium is a collaboration between Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath and Northeast Somerset Council, BBC, Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoological Society, Defra, Forestry England, National Trust, Natural England, University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and Woodland Trust.