Past Projects

Take a look back at the Natural History Consortium’s previous projects and programmes.

INTERSECTIONS 2023

INTERSECTIONS 2023

INTERSECTIONS 2023 set out to showcase the international, intersectional, interdisciplinary, and interrelated nature of research across Europe, in a series of interactive online and in-person events. These events were led by the Natural History Consortium (NHC), the Global Science Show and the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science.
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West of England City Nature Challenge 2023

West of England City Nature Challenge 2023

City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a global mission to record as much wildlife as possible on the iNaturalist app, during a 4-day period at the end of April. During 2023, the event ran from Friday 28 April – Monday 1 May. It was the 6th year that the Natural History Consortium (NHC) has organised CNC for the West of England region.
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Meet the Species

Meet the Species

In 2012, the Natural History Consortium was awarded funding from London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad to run a nature engagement programme alongside the London 2012 games. Partners visited the Olympic site in London alongside events across the UK setting a challenge for audiences: could we work together to find 2012 key species during the year?
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Bristol’s One City Ecological Emergency Strategy

Bristol’s One City Ecological Emergency Strategy

In 2020, Bristol partners came together to declare an ecological emergency. A strategy was developed for an ecologically resilient, wildlife-rich Bristol by 2030. From 2020 - 2023, the Natural History Consortium coordinated communications around this exciting project. The strategy continues to be led by Bristol City Council from 2024 onwards.
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Wildlife Friendly Growing Workshops in the West of England

Wildlife Friendly Growing Workshops in the West of England

Throughout 2023, a series of workshops were co-run by the Natural History Consortium for local allotment holders and small-scale food growers across the West of England. The workshops were Funded by the West of England Combined Authority’s Community Pollinator Fund, to support wildlife across the region, and help to encourage growers to reduce their use of chemical pesticides.
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Overstory

Overstory

Overstory was a public art installation by Ivan Morison and Heather Peak, suspended above Bristol's Broadmead high street. The installation was produced using microscopic imagery of trees, inviting the public to look consciously at the trees around them and consider their importance and the ways in which they are folded into our lives. The artwork was on display 19th - 30th August 2022, with engagement activities taking place alongside in the shopping areas below for the first seven days of the project.
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Family Nature Party

Family Nature Party

A free community event, Family Nature Party, took place on Sunday 12th June in Bristol Beacon, as part of Festival of Nature 2022. The event attended by 2000 visitors, including 880 children and 1120 adults. The event included activity stalls, stage performances including storytelling, music, and talks, and craft, drama, and music workshops. The content was designed to celebrate the natural world, give families the opportunity to learn about nature, and inspire them to take action for nature.
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Bristol’s Pesticide Amnesty

Bristol’s Pesticide Amnesty

Held in two locations in Bristol (Redcatch Gardens and Blaise Plant Nursery), Bristol's Pesticide Amnesty took place 23rd-24th October 2021. The Pesticide Amnesty took place within the context of Bristol's One City Ecological Emergency, specifically the pesticide strand, which sets out the aspiration in the Strategy to reduce pesticide usage within the city by 50% by 2030. 85 people took part in the amnesty with 110 pesticide items handed in to be safely disposed of by Bristol Waste.

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Making Connections

Making Connections

Our Autumn 2021 'Making Connections' project was delivered in partnership with the Black Seeds Network. Together we ran two Photovoices Workshops, which brought together ten different voices to explore their different paths to working with nature either in their professional, volunteering or academic lives. Inspired and informed by these discussions, the group shared their stories through photography as a visual medium, learning photography techniques and creating a displayed photo exhibition.
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