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Events Programme 2014

Events taking place over the coming months‚ including volunteer workdays after the events listing.

At the end of each event is a venue and contact code for further information. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to match up the codes with the approriate venue and telephone number to call for further information.

If there is no telephone number or code please phone 0117 917 7270 for more information.

Concessions include over 60s and anyone in receipt of benefits.

April

Wednesday 23 April
SPRING FLOWERS WALK at Prior’s Wood, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Look for spring
flowers as you learn about how the Trust has managed the wood over the winter and
about future plans. FREE. Pre-book on events

Thursday 24 April
WALK WITH A VIEW at Brown’s Folly, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Enjoy stunning views over
Bath, as you learn about the history of the mines, ancient woodland and wildlife. FREE.
Pre-book on events

Friday 25 April
USING PLANTS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, an illustrated talk by Dr Rebecca
Rowe. Folk Hall, High Street, Portishead, 7.30pm. Entrance £1.50 incl. tea/coffee (P)

Saturday 26 April
FLAG DAY, street collection in High Street, Portishead (P)

Sunday 27 April
DAWN CHORUS WALK at The Shallows, Saltford, 5am. Ffi Dave Sage 0117 940 7968 (K)

WILD FLOWER AND TREE WALK, WESTON BIG WOOD, led by Bill Dixon. Meet at Valley
Road entrance (off Portishead/Clevedon road) at 9.45 for 10am start. Lasts two hours. Please
wear sturdy footwear. No need to book but donations welcome. Ffi 01275 849200 (P)

NORTHERN SLOPES SPRING WALK… South Bristol’s answer to the Downs. Meet at
The Park Centre car park, Daventry Road, Bristol BS4 1DQ, at 2pm. Ffi phone 0117 940
0706 (C)

May

Friday 2 May
WALKING WITH ARTISTS, part of the Bristol Walking Festival at Portbury Wharf,
11am to 3pm. Join artist and curator Tessa Fitzjohn to explore and record the spirit of
the reserve and discover what makes it unique. £5 per person, including materials.
Pre-book on events

Saturday 3 May
DAWN CHORUS, part of the Bristol Walking Festival at Folly Farm from 4.30am to
6.30am with wildlife expert and broadcaster Chris Sperring. Adult £5, adult and child £7,
family £10. Pre-book on events

Monday 5 May
REDLAND GREEN MAY FAIR - Cabot Group’s fundraising stall - cakes, jam, plants, bric-a-
brac. Set up 11am. For offers of help or Ffi 0117 940 0706 (C)

Saturday 10 May
WESTON BIG WOOD SPRING WALK with Bill Dixon, 10am to 12pm. Booklet available
to purchase. Minibus leaves Wellsway School, Keynsham at 9am, 2pm return. Or park at
Valley Road entrance (off Portishead/Clevedon road). Rare species and bluebells. Wear
sturdy shoes… 100 steps up steep hill! Take picnic, Ffi Dave Sage 0117 940 7968 (K)

LAND AND FOOD FORUM at Feed Bristol, 12noon to 4pm. Facilitated workshops,
wildflower meadow creation, wild food walks, discussions and talks from community
food-growing groups, plus music and children’s activities. FREE, donations welcome

COFFEE MORNING AND PLANT SALE 10am to 1pm at 36 St Peters Road, Portishead.
Also homemade cakes, jams, handicrafts, books, puzzles. Ffi 01275 843160 (P)

Friday 23 May
CHIPPING SODBURY, LILLIPUT & KINGROVE COMMON WALK. This spring walk
forms part of South Gloucestershire’s Walking for Health programme so is relatively gentle
and different options are available such as walking in the Ridge Wood nature reserve
or heading out into the green, open countryside. Meet at the Rugby Club car park, The
Ridings, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6PQ, 10.30am (S)

Saturday 24 May
WILD FOOD WALK from Feed Bristol around the local landscape, walking mostly on
paths, 10am to 3pm. Explore what nature has to offer and how wildlife has evolved to
live amongst the city landscape, with Steve England, resident Ranger at Stoke Park Estate.
Young people welcome but under-18s to be accompanied by an adult. £25 per person
includes lunch. Pre-book on events

Sunday 25 May
STOKE PARK WALK. Join us to explore the semi-ancient woodlands. Meet at entrance in
Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, north of Cameron Centre, at 2pm. Ffi 0117 940 0706 (C)

Tuesday 27 May
SPRINGWATCH WALK at Portbury Wharf, with nature detective and bird expert Ed
Drewitt. Be enchanted by the evening chorus and catch up with our summer birds, owls
and ducks. 5.30pm to 7pm. Adult £5, adult and child £7, family £10. Village Quarter
residents free. Pre-book on events

WILD IN THE HEART OF THE CITY, three Trust-led Festival of Nature community events
on Brandon Hill. Join Reserves Officer Joe McSorley on a one-hour guided walk at 9.30am
to discover the reserve’s Natural History and National Heritage. Find out how to interpret
wildlife and create stunning work with the Art of Discovery, runs from 11am to 2.30pm
(minimum age 12, and under-18s to be accompanied by an adult). Voices on the Hill, a
guided walk and storytelling with Joe McSorley starts at 3pm (for five to 11-year-olds,
accompanied by an adult). Pre-book on events

June

Friday 6 June
BAT WALK with AWT Ecological Consultancy. Meet at 9pm by the Victoria Art Gallery,
Bridge Street, near Pulteney Bridge in Bath. Ends 10.30pm. FREE

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June
GET GROWING TRAIL at Feed Bristol, 12pm to 5pm. We’ve joined the Bristol-wide
campaign to get people visiting community food-growing projects. Find out how nature
helps us grow. Fun for all the family. FREE, donations welcome

Sunday 8 June
INTRODUCTION TO WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ADULTS at Folly Farm, 2pm to
6pm. Join accomplished wildlife photographer Iain Green for insights into how to capture
the perfect wildlife snapshot in Folly Farm’s wildflower meadows. Adult £50. Pre-book on
events

Tuesday 10 June
ORCHIDS at Compton Martin. Bring a picnic. Ffi Edna Price 01275 838503 (K)

Wednesday 11 June
OPEN GARDEN at Tranby House, Norton Lane, Whitchurch BS14 0BT. 1pm to 4pm.
£3.50, children free. Plant sales donated to the Trust. Teas

Saturday 14 June
HUNTER GATHERER WILD FOOD WALK from Feed Bristol around the local landscape,
walking mostly on paths 10am to 3pm. Explore what nature has to offer and how wildlife
has evolved to live amongst the city landscape, with Steve England, resident Ranger at Stoke
Park Estate. Young people welcome but under-18s to be accompanied by an adult. £25 per
person includes lunch. Pre-book on events

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June
FESTIVAL OF NATURE, FESTIVAL WEEKEND, 10am to 6pm on Saturday, 11am to 5pm on
Sunday. We’ll be attending the event hosted by Bristol Natural History Consortium on the
harbourside (see Festival of Nature panel for full details)

Saturday 21 June
BLAGDON LAKE 10am to 4pm. £3 permit. Map ref ST 504 597. Minibus leaves Wellsway
School 9am, 5pm return. Take a picnic, drink and hat! Ffi Cynthia Wilson 01225 874259 (K)

Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 June
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT SAFARI at Folly Farm with nature and astronomy expert Chris
Sperring. Experience the reserve through the night and into dawn, track wildlife and learn
about stars, from 8pm to 5am. Adult £35. Pre-book on events

Sunday 22 June
OLD SNEED PARK NATURE RESERVE. Meet at 2pm at entrance on south east side of
Glen Avon Park BS9 to explore its varied habitats. Ffi phone 0117 940 0706 (C)

Wednesday 25 June
SOIL, SEED AND SOCIAL CHANGE at Feed Bristol, 1pm to 4pm. This is the third part of a
series of talks by guest speakers. The theme is ‘Seed Freedom’. FREE, donations welcome

Sunday 29 June
SUMMER COMMONS WALK. Walk leaders, Richard and Pauline Wilson, explore the
Orange End, Assley Common and Inglestone Common areas for wild summer flora. Please
wear walking boots. Wickwar Road car park is free or meet for a car share at the Clock
Tower, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, 2pm (S)

July

Thursday 10 July
OPEN GARDEN at Tranby House, Norton Lane, Whitchurch BS14 0BT. 1pm to 4pm. £3.50,
children free. Plant sales donated to the Trust. Teas

Saturday 12 July
MY GARDEN WILDLIFE at Feed Bristol, 12pm to 4pm. Celebrate garden wildlife and enjoy
the site as it buzzes with activities and family fun! FREE, donations welcome

FEED BRISTOL. Visit by Keynsham Group 10am. Minibus leaves Wellsway School 9.30am,
returns 12.30pm. Ffi Jo Edmondson 07803 595905 (K)

Sunday 13 July
GORGE-OUS PEREGRINES with nature detective Ed Drewitt from 10am to 11.30am.
Be wowed by these amazing falcons. Perfect for families. A joint event with Avon Gorge
& Downs Wildlife Project. Adult £5, adult and child £7, family £10. Pre-book on
events

Sunday 20 July
CREATIVE WALKING – WALK AND DRAW at Folly Farm, 2pm to 6pm. Join artist Andrew
Langsley for a walk around the stunning reserve, pausing to capture the moment with your
sketch pad. Materials and sketchbooks provided. Adult £15, adult and child £20, family £35.
Pre-book on events

URBAN NATURE WALK. Meet at Create Centre car park, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN,
at 2pm. Ffi 0117 940 0706 (C)

Wednesday 23 July
FAMILY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE at Portbury Wharf. Develop your
photography skills, explore the nature reserve and get personal tuition from wildlife
photographer Iain Green. All equipment can be provided. Free to Village Quarter residents.
Adult and child £7, family £10. Pre-book on events

Thursday 24 July and Thursday 31 July
WILD PLAY at Portbury Wharf, 10am to 1pm. Discover the secret wildlife of the reserve
with pond-dipping, minibeast hunts and creative play, for four to 11-year-olds. £5 per child.

August

Saturday 2 August
STORING AND PRESERVING YOUR HARVEST at Feed Bristol, 12noon to 4pm. Learn
the best methods for storing and preserving your harvest to enjoy through the winter
months. FREE, donations welcome

Wednesday 6 August
BIRD, BUG AND BUTTERFLY FAMILY WALK at Brown’s Folly from 9am to 10.30am.
Join nature detective Ed Drewitt for a family walk to hunt out bugs, discover butterflies
and seek out chicks, whilst enjoying stunning views across Bath. Adult £5, adult and child
£7, family £10. Pre-book on events

Thursday 7 August and Thursday 14 August
WILD PLAY at Portbury Wharf, 10am to 1pm. Discover the secret wildlife of the reserve
with pond-dipping, minibeast hunts and creative play, for four to 11-year-olds. £5 per
child. Pre-book on events

Sunday 10 August
OPEN GARDEN at Tranby House, Norton Lane, Whitchurch BS14 0BT. 2pm to 5pm.
£3.50, children free. Plant sales donated to the Trust. Teas

Sunday 17 August
ENCHANTING WOODLAND STORYTELLING WITH THE WHISPERING WOOD FOLK
at Folly Farm, 4pm to 6pm. Learn to tell enchanting woodland tales with storyteller Sarah
Mooney. Devise your own retelling of a traditional story from the forest accompanied by
a musical soundscape using mbira, ocean drum, voice and other natural sounds. Adult £8,
adult and child £12, family £20. Pre-book on events

September

Saturday 2 August
STORING AND PRESERVING YOUR HARVEST at Feed Bristol, 12noon to 4pm. Learn
the best methods for storing and preserving your harvest to enjoy through the winter
months. FREE, donations welcome

Saturday 6 September
HARVEST FESTIVAL at Feed Bristol, 12pm to 5pm. Join us as we all share the fruits of our
labours. Fun family activities. FREE, donations welcome

Sunday 7 September
OPEN GARDEN at Tranby House, Norton Lane, Whitchurch BS14 0BT. 2pm to 5pm.
£3.50, children free. Plant sales donated to the Trust. Teas

Sunday 21 September
PARADISE BOTTOM, FORESTRY COMMISSION ARBORETUM, designed by Humphrey
Repton. Meet at 2pm in the car park accessed from the turning beside the stone arch on
A369 Bristol to Portishead road. Ffi 0117 940 0706 (C)

Thursday 25 September
BORN TO BIRD, a keen birdwatcher’s talk by 12-year-old Mya-Rose Craig, with her
parents Chris and Helena. Millennium Hall, Old School Room, Chew Magna, 7.45pm. Entry
£2.50, or £12 for season (Sept to March) (CV)

Tuesday 30 September
OWL ART SHOW AND BADGER WATCH at Folly Farm Centre, 7pm to 9pm. Meet local
artist Clare Challice and view her stunning collection of wildlife-themed watercolour art,
before embarking on a badger watch. Wine and canapés. FREE

Friday 26 September
AN AFRICAN SAFARI, illustrated talk by Grete Howard. Folk Hall, High Street, Portishead,
7.30pm. £1.50 incl. tea/coffee (P)

October

Saturday 4 October
PUMPKIN MANIA at Feed Bristol 12noon to 4pm. We’re celebrating Halloween early
with an open fire, storytelling and pumpkin carving for all the family to enjoy. FREE,
donations welcome

AUTUMN FAIR at Somerset Hall, High Street, Portishead, 10am to 11.45am. Plants,
books, cakes, crafts, tombola, white elephant. Ffi 01275 843160 (P)

Sunday 12 October
FORAGE FOR WILD FOOD at Folly Farm, 2pm to 5pm
Enjoy a walk through the woodland, as expert food forager, gardener and writer, Dave
Hamilton, enlightens you on wild food and where to find it. Adult £35. Pre-book events

RIVER-DIPPING IN KEYNSHAM. Meet at Dapps Hill by the bridge at 2pm. Ffi Dave Sage
0117 940 7968 (K)

Sunday 19 October
JOLLY FOLLY APPLE DAY at Folly Farm Centre, 2pm to 5pm. Apple-themed family fun, a
day jam-packed with apple pressing and fun activities for all the family!

 

Volunteer Workdays

This programme details workdays organised locally by volunteer reserve wardens. The Trust also organises the Wildlife Action Group (WAG) which meets in courtyard beside the Trust's Office at 32 Jacobs Wells Road on Wednesdays and Sundays at 9.50am. Contact our Reserves Officer for more information on 0117 917 7277

Click here for the latest work programme.

 

WESTON GROUP helping to manage and survey Hellenge Hill and Purn Hill nature reserves.

Work parties and/or wildlife surveying/monitoring. Ring warden Cynthia Sparks 01934 204028 for times and meeting point. (WsM)

Venues and Local Group contacts

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabot    
FMH = Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland
Contact: (C) = Jill Kempshall 0117 940 0706
 
Chew Valley
MH = Millennium Hall, Old School Room, Chew Magna
Contact: (CV) = Anne-Marie Morris 01275 332534
 
Keynsham
BCH: = Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Keynsham
Contact: (K) = Cynthia Wilson 01225 874259
 
Long Ashton
RBL = Royal British Legion, Long Ashton
JP = Jubilee Pavilion, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton
Contact: (LA) = Harry Williams 01275 392690
 
Nailsea
URCH = United Reformed Church Hall, Stockway North, Nailsea
Contact: (N) = Hilary West 01275 853079
 
Portishead
FH = Folk Hall, High Street, Portishead
Contact: (P) = Cynthia Dorn 01275 843160
 
Chipping Sodbury and Southwold

GS = The Old Grammar School, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, 7.30p

Contact: (S) =Gloria Stephen 01454 310328
 
         
  Other groups
 

Avon Badger Group - 0777 6090816
Avon Bat Group - http://www.avonbatgroup.org.uk/
Cam Valley Wildlife Group - Helena Crouch 01761 410731
Eastville Park Action Group - Irene Blessitt 0117 965 8429
(GCG) - Gordano Conservation Group - Keith Giles 01275 852627
(PCG) - Patchway Conservation Group 0117 940 0020 / 01454 898369 / 868530

www.patchway-town.co.uk
Wapley Bushes Conservation Group - Isabel Ryan 01454 313055
WsM Civic Society Volunteers - Liz Green 01934 627330

For further information contact:

Avon Wildlife Trust. 0117 917 7270 mail@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

Avon Gorge & Downs Project - Contact Mandy Leivers mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

Willsbridge Mill: Willsbridge Hill, South Gloucs BS30 6EX
Directions:
Take A 431 Bristol/Bath road to Willsbridge and turn into Long Beach Road. Car park is on the left. Take the footpath opposite down to Mill.
Buses – hourly 332 Bristol/Bath, or quarter-hourly Bristol City Line 45.
Easy access from Bristol-Bath Cycle Path.

Folly Farm Centre:Stowey, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4DW.
01275 331590 www.follyfarm.org
Directions:
Take A 368 Weston-super-Mare/Bath road. Travelling from Weston, turn right after Bishop Sutton at sign just beyond the turning to Stowey.
Buses - 376 Bristol/Clutton or Swiftlink 673 Bedminster/Sutton Farm.

Avon Wildlife Trust HQ: The Old Police Station, 32 Jacobs Wells Road, Bristol BS8 1DR
0117 917 7270

Portbury Wharf (Office only): A&W Building, The Docks, Newfoundland Way, Portishead BS20 7DF 01275 817710 Portbury Wharf

Feed Bristol: 181 Frenchay Park Road, Bristol BS16 1EL feedbristol (corner of Frenchay Park Road and Stoke Lane)

 


 


 
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Festival of Nature

Bigger, better, wilder! And FREE! Festival Week 7 to 15 June 2014

 

The Festival of Nature unleashes everyone’s wild side, as it brings together over 150 organisations, including the Trust, in the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world. The festival gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore, enjoy and get closer to nature. This year the festival is bigger, better, and wilder, than ever before with events across Bristol, and new events in Bath and at Chew Valley Lake. Avon Wildlife Trust is a proud member of Bristol Natural History Consortium, which organises the Festival of Nature.

Saturday 7 June
BATH GOES WILD, Queen Square, Bath, 10am to 4pm
The Festival of Nature comes to Bath for the very first time with a wild day of family fun. Discover your local wildlife and find out what you can do for nature
with hands-on activities and workshops. FREE

Sunday 8th June WILD ABOUT CHEW, Chew Valley Lake, Picnic Area Two, 12pm to 4pm

Discover local wildlife with a full programme of activities for all the family including eels on the Trust’s stand, bird-watching for beginners, pond-dipping and bug hunts. Find out where Bristol’s water comes from and explore the beautiful lake.FREE

Thursday 12 June
THE STATE OF THE SEA, Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Bristol, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Filmmaker Liz White (BBC’s Frozen Planet) shares her thoughts on the ocean environment and how film, television and art, can bring this ‘other’ world alive. Plus a RWA guided tour of The Power of the Sea exhibition. Included in admission

Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 June FESTIVAL WEEKEND, Bristol Harbourside, Saturday 10am to 6pm & Sunday 11am to 5pm
The Festival of Nature is taking over the harbourside, with exciting activities for all the family from over 100 organisations. Expect live entertainment, talks, the stars of BBC wildlife programmes, hands-on experiences and a market packed with local produce. At the Trust’s marquee, discover a typical day in the life of an eel, from that epic journey from the Sargasso Sea to the hazards they face in our rivers and waterways. Expect to see live glass eels and find out how you would rate in the eel survival stakes! FREE

For details and information on community events please go to festivalofnature.org