5th June 2021

The wait is over and Festival of Nature is finally here! We're so excited to start sharing with you the awesome nature activities we've been preparing for the past few months...

Explore the programme of content being released today and find out where to head. Of course, if you're feeling inspired by any of the videos, podcasts, workshops or live streams make sure to head to our Actions Hub for inspiration on how to Take Action For Nature!

10:00 - World Environment Day 2021 - Watch on Facebook | | Youtube

Today is World Environment Day, and we are delighted to be joined by Bristol City Councillor and Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy, Nicola Beech and Thierry Lucas of the UN Environmental Programe. Today they're discussing the ways in which Bristol is facing up to the ecological and climate emergency, and how the acting locally as well as globally will help us all combatting the major issues our planet faces. #GenerationRestoration

11:00 - Down on Folly Farm with Avon Wildlife Trust - Watch on Facebook | | Youtube

Be transported to the wildlife haven of Folly Farm, a tranquil Avon Wildlife Trust nature reserve set in the beautiful Chew Valley. This film will have you raring to explore your local nature reserve or green space!

12:00 - Artist Marian Hill - Beetle collage, live make along - Join in on Facebook Live

Get crafty with artist and illustrator Marian Hill in this live make along.

1:00 - Jane Krish's Wildlife Garden - Watch on Facebook | | Youtube

Get inspired to make your garden a wildlife haven, whatever its size! We’ll be meeting wildlife gardeners Sally and Jane, who’ll be sharing their top tips on how to bring your garden to life.

2:00 - Our Connection with Nature - Live Q&A with Mikael Chaudary, Natural England Put your questions to Mikael on Facebook or Youtube

How connected to nature will we be in the modern, post-pandemic age? How do we create more inclusive and accessible spaces for engagement with the natural world? Join Mikael Chaudary of Natural England for this live discussion.

3:00 - Exploring Sydney Gardens - Watch on Facebook | | Youtube

Nestled within the bustling city, Bath’s Sydney Gardens provides a welcome green retreat for people and wildlife. We’ll be chatting to Mali, who is helping people connect with nature in the park, and bird expert Lucy as we listen out for the locals!

4:00 - Voices for Nature Podcast: Unearthed with Lukus Robbins - Listen on Spotify | Anchor

Soils define culture. Throughout history soil has defined human societies perhaps more strongly than any other single environmental variable. Join artist Lukus Robbins to discover how he is exploring the world beneath our feet to answer questions about soil.

5:00 - Chickens or Dickens with Bushra Abu-Helil - Put your questions to Bushra on Facebook or Youtube

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!

6:00 - Show and Tell Nature: Pocket Planet - Watch on Facebook | | Youtube

Join us as our contestants compete to make the best terrarium – a pocket sized planet – in the time limit. Learn about some the planets most important cycles in miniature and vote for your favourite Pocket Planet at the end. Do try this at home!

7:00 - Voices for Nature Podcast: Dogger Bank, Brexit and the marine environment - Listen on Spotify | Anchor

In this episode of Voices for Nature we are joined by Tom Appleby of the Blue Marine Foundation to explore how the UK's exit from the European Union is leading to improved designations for our marine protected areas, and how environmental groups are pressing for similar measures to come in to force across other European nations.