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Norfolk Festival of Nature

Through the Norfolk Festival for Nature we seek to empower our audiences to explore the creative impact of nature, its cultural importance and central place in their lives.

Now in its third year, Norfolk Festival of Nature celebrates the cultural relationships that exist between people and the natural world. The weekend of 21/22 April 2018 sees the first of our spring events, celebrating all things nature. The Norfolk Festival of Nature partnership brings many of the top Norfolk wildlife organisations together in the heart of the city, providing a day of free children’s activities and storytelling, a nature writers’ workshop for older teens & young adults, and talks from experts from around the county on our nature: past, present and future. We will also have the launch of a new nature book by awarding winning Norfolk naturalist, Mark Cocker, on the Saturday evening, and a panel-led debate for you to join in.

Partners

The Norfolk Festival of Nature is a partnership that brings together many organisations who are interested in wildlife and nature, including Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, Norfolk Museums Service, the University of East Anglia, Wild Days Conservation, The Writers’ Centre Norwich, and many others.

Events

The Weekend – General activities

Norfolk Festival of Nature 21st/22nd April 2018

The Forum in Norwich will be hosting an evening and a day of all things nature on 21st and 22nd April 2018. The Norfolk Festival of Nature partnership brings many of the top Norfolk wildlife organisations together in the heart of the city, providing a day of free children’s activities and storytelling, a nature writers’ workshop for older teens & young adults, and talks from experts from around Norfolk on our nature: past, present and future. We will also have the launch of a new nature book by awarding winning Norfolk naturalist, Mark Cocker, on the Saturday evening, and a panel-led debate for you to join in with on the role that nature writing has today, looking at what impact it can have alongside documentaries like Blue Planet and the social media campaigns of today.

Sunday Day

The Norfolk Festival of Nature partnership brings many of the top Norfolk wildlife organisations together in the heart of the city, providing a day of free children’s activities and storytelling, a nature writers’ workshop for older teens & young adults, and talks from experts from around Norfolk on our nature: past, present and future. There will be pond dipping, live camera feeds from the peregrines at Norwich Cathedral and NWT’s Cley reserve on the coast. You can take photos of yourself at our Broads selfie stand, make badges, collect stamps, follow the city centre tree trail and generally immerse yourself in all things wild!! Fun for all the family.

Fun at the Children’s Millenium Library in the Forum

For families and younger children there will be a storytelling trail in the library at 11.00 led by author in residence, Isabelle King. Isabelle will tell a story which takes everyone on an adventure through the ancient forests of Norfolk where they will meet lots of animals! Fun for all the family! At 14.00 there will be more stories from Isabelle and library staff and tables of crafts to get involved with.

Talks, events and discussions – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April

Saturday Events

Sustainable UEA will be celebrating Earth Day 2018 by launching the UEA Tree Trail. Join local experts for guided walks through the various habitats on campus, and learn more about key trees and their stories. On Saturday evening come and join us at the Forum for an evening with some of the UK’s best nature writers at the Festival Debate The Fight for Nature: the role of conservation and nature writing in Britain today.

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UEA Earth Day Tree Trail

Saturday Day - UEA Earth Day Tree Trail Sustainable UEA will be celebrating Earth Day 2018 by launching the UEA Tree Trail. Join local experts for guided walks through the various habitats on campus, and learn more about key trees and their stories. UEA...

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The Festival Debate: Fighting for Nature

Saturday Night - The Festival Debate: Fighting for Nature On Saturday 21st April come and join us at the Forum for an evening with some of the UK’s best nature writers discussing The Fight for Nature: the role of conservation and nature writing in Britain...

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A Sunday of Talks

The Norfolk Festival of Nature brings you a Sunday of talks at the Forum in Norwich. Four personal accounts from individuals who are experts in their fields, who together cover some fascinating aspects of the past, present and future of the wildlife and countryside of Norfolk.   11am James Parry from Breckland Society will talk about the Edwardian naturalist and photographer, Emma Turner; 12.30pm David Waterhouse from Norfolk Museums’ Service will present on the pre-history of Norfolk, when mammoths and hippos roamed the County; 2pm Steve Rowland from the RSPB will give his gentle and humorous take on moving to, and discovering, the County with his family; and at 3.30pm David North, the Head of People and Wildlife at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, will round off the day with a talk and discussion on how much wildlife means to us today.

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Jess French minibeasts

Sunday 22 April 2018 2.00  and 2.30 pm The Library - The Forum Jess French is a vet, zoologist and minibeast expert!  She is also the presenter of 'Minibeast Adventure with Jess' on CBeebies.  In her latest book she explores hundreds of mind-blowing...

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Sunday Tree Trails

Sunday Tree Trails - Norwich City Centre Join our expert from the Woodland Trust, John Fleetwood, to enjoy a 1 hour walking tree trail around a few of the notable trees of the centre of Norwich.  Starting just inside the doors of The Forum in...

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Wildlife Matters: How much does our wildlife mean to us?

Sunday 22 April 2018 3.30pm to 4.30pm David North, Head of People and Wildlife at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, asks the questions – How much does wildlife really matter and can we do anything about the threats to it? David heads a team at Norfolk Wildlife Trust...

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Enjoy works by exceptional female artists, including Gwen John, Barbara Hepworth, and a new commission by Alisa Nizenbaum in 'Visible Women' @NorwichCastle - why not combine your visit with the 'Celebrating Women' event happening this Saturday? More info: https://t.co/aOVkm6ocW8

What can be done to save the bees? Live streaming tomorrow from 6.30pm: https://t.co/8QxNDsuDDv #UEALiveLecture

New blog: Nature-writing as a tool for conservation practice in the age of TV and social media. The @NFOfNature debate, which took place on Saturday. https://t.co/G49oYiGhZg

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Setting up and ready for @NFOfNature #norfolknature happy earth day so come along to the forum and chat and inspire about nature 😀😀

Our #NorfolkFestivalofNature panel (@JLowenWildlife @Laurence_R_RSPB @karenlloydwrite and @jeanmcneilwrite) discussing the value and role of nature writing @TheForumNorwich

A thoughtful and engaging start to #norfolkfestivalofnature thanks to @MarkCocker2 and @jeanmcneilwrite discussing nature conservation, and launching 'Our Place'.

👀 Looking for something to do this weekend? Come down to the @NFOfNature tomorrow for a day of free family fun celebrating the best of Norfolk's amazing wildlife. Event opens at 10am and is taking place at @TheForumNorwich. More info: https://t.co/Crh6jFS97m

The forecast is looking perfect for the UEA Tree Trail on Saturday!☀️🌳
Book your tickets: https://t.co/9GeMJwriF2 @NFOfNature

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