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Bringing Wildlife to Life at Bristol Festival of Nature

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Posted: Thursday 8th June 2017 by WildBlog

By Matt Collis, My Wild City Officer

Bristol’s biggest celebration of nature is back and everyone is invited! The Festival of Nature is my favourite event on the summer calendar; a free two-day, non-stop wildlife spectacular put on by the Bristol Natural History Consortium right in the centre of the city in Millennium Square. The weekend brings together wildlife experts, conservation charities, environmental organisations and nature celebrities from across Bristol. Showcasing their work and displaying an array of awe-inspiring wildlife, the festival is your opportunity to learn all about nature and the people who support it.

For the first time, we at Avon Wildlife Trust have two marquee spaces, and are ready to give you a bigger and wilder experience than ever before. The centrepiece of this year’s marquee sees us team up with local artist Zoe Cameron to create a magnificent nature-art installation that spills out of the tent.

Themed around urban wildlife and made completely from recycled materials, we will be encouraging you to help bring the installation to life. Using a mix of wildlife origami-style craft and willow weaving, you can create animals, plants and flowers to put in our habitat and enjoy the perfect family friendly activity.
Given the interest and curiosity it sparked last year, our Nature Table is back with brand new and exciting specimens to learn about, including mystery skulls, puzzling nests and numerous other wildlife items all designed to make you go WOW!

And our much-loved Feed Bristol Plant Sale returns. With over 80 different species of native wildflower plants on offer, we have everything you need to create a flourishing wildlife space in your garden, and a team of experts to give you all the advice you need to pick the right plants. When it all gets too much, don’t forget you can retreat to our hay bale relaxation area featuring its very own nature library. Jam-packed with wildlife books, children’s stories and decorated with some of Bristol Museum’s finest wildlife specimens, it’s a relaxing space to quietly indulge in nature writing and chill out.

Visiting the festival is a great activity to include as part of your 30DaysWild, so if you’re looking to experience some nature this weekend, do join us. Featuring over 100 organisations, a showcase of amazing activities, live entertainment and a market bursting with local produce, it promises to be a weekend not to miss.

Festival of Nature is open from 10am-5pm on both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June at Millennium Square and Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol. For more information visit the Bristol Festival of Nature website.

Our Festival of Nature marquee is kindly funded by People’s Postcode Lottery.

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