Ferne has a BSc in Zoology and an MA in wildlife documentary production, she tries to balance television research with children’s presenting. She has had a love of wildife since a young age and wants to share that and encourage a love of wildlife and the outdoors with younger audiences.
12:30 – 12:45
University of Bristol
13:00 – 13:15: Simon Pickering: Ecotricity
Dr Simon Pickering has been an ecologist and environmental campaigner for over 30 years from the Artic to the Antarctic, studying albatross to flamingos and bats to beavers, from tree protestor to elected Green Party councillor. He is currently Principal Ecologist for Ecotricity, where he not only ensures new renewable energy projects do not damage wildlife but is leading on Ecotricity’s bee conservation work with Buglife and Friends of the Earth.
13:30 – 13:45
University of the West of England
14:00 – 14:15
14:30 – 14:45
15:00 – 15:15 – Avon Wildlife Trust
CREATING WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDENS – a collaborative approach to the creation of a wildlife friendly and sensory garden for the Bradley Stoke MS Therapy Centre.
Come and find out how AWT, Rolls Royce and the MS Therapy Centre have worked together to transform an unused urban space into a haven for wildlife and a tranquil and restorative space for users of the centre. Learn how you too could transform a garden, window box or community space into something special, and you don’t need to be an expert! Rolls Royce graduates with no previous experience of gardening will explain how they developed the design through stakeholder consultation, research and gathering advice from experts. We will discuss plant selection, suitability and the importance of using well-sourced, wildlife-friendly plants with year round interest, for people and pollinators!
The collaborative approach of this project has far exceeded the original expectations of the MS Centre for their outdoor space. If you’re interested in developing a nature-rich community site, or just want to learn about how to make your own garden more wildlife friendly come along! There will also be opportunity to see and buy native, wildlife friendly plants from the Avon Wildlife Trust plant nursery.
15:30 – 15:45
16:00 – 16:15
16:30 – 17:00
Join Festival of Nature for a free, informative and fun afternoon of talks and stories celebrating the world’s most exciting wildlife. Presenters include wildlife celebrities, experts and volunteers from some of the region’s best known and loved organisations.
All talks are free and work on a first-come, first-served basis so make sure to swing by early to secure your space!