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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 19/20/21 October 2018 sees us participating in the Norwich Science Festival, 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 free children’s activities and talks from experts from around the county on our nature: past, present and future. On the Friday we’ll be in the Forum celebrating the watery world of rivers, lakes and the sea. On Saturday 20 October we return to land, again at the Forum. Come and visit us.

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 Friday 19th/Saturday 20th October 2018

The Forum in Norwich will be hosting two days of all things nature on 19th and 20st October 2018. The Norfolk Festival of Nature partnership, which this autumn is part of Norwich Science Festival, brings many of the top Norfolk wildlife organisations together in the heart of the city, providing a day of free children’s activities and talks from experts from around Norfolk on our nature: past, present and future. We will be diving into the deep to discover how valuable unpolluted water is to the planet, the creatures that live in it, and us. We will also be taking a walk on the wild side to uncover the wonders of our natural world, from the tiniest insects to our great mammals.

Dive into the depths of our watery world

Our rivers, seas and oceans are hugely important, teeming with beneficial wildlife and mysterious creatures. Discover what lies beneath the waves, and why it’s our responsibility to protect the marine environment.

Common Newt by Mike Toms

Fun in the Forum for all of the family

Discover our amazing wildlife with Norfolk Festival of Nature partners including BTO, RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and more. Find out about the Norwich peregrines with the Hawk and Owl Trust. Follow the pink pigeon trail with the Earlham Institute, and have a go at UEA’s bird migration board game. Plus, learn about reducing food waste with Norwich City Council’s Pumpkin Rescue.

Talks, events and discussions – Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October

Friday Events – 10am – 4pm

Dive into the deep and discover how valuable unpolluted water is to the planet, the creatures that live in it, and us. Join Anglian Water in a quest to reduce water use. Try the Reduce Reuse Recycle game from Cefas and meet some of the aquarium animals! Learn about marine microbes with biologists from UEA, and find out about Refill Norwich and how you can help reduce plastic use. Plus, meet the
Broads Authority, RSPB and more.

Venue: The Forum’s Explorium

Cost: Free, drop-in

AGE: All ages

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Helen Scales – Eye of the Shoal

Helen Scales - Eye of the shoal Friday 19 October 3.30pm–4.30pm Take a deep breath and jump into the amazing world of fish, with marine biologist Dr Helen Scales (goggles and snorkels optional). Find out how fish can live for 500 years, how they use secret graffiti to...

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Michelle Devlin – Why we should all love coral reefs

Michelle Devlin - Why we should all love coral reefs FRI 19 Oct 2pm–3pm An exciting look at coral reefs, how they work, what they do and why we need them. Dr Michelle Devlin, Cefas, will tell you all about being a marine biologist, what they explore and...

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A Saturday of talks, events and participation – 10am – 4pm

Discover our amazing wildlife with Norfolk Festival of Nature partners including BTO, RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and more. Find out about the Norwich peregrines with the Hawk and Owl Trust. Follow the pink pigeon trail with the Earlham Institute, and have a go at UEA’s bird migration board game. Plus, learn about reducing food waste with Norwich City Council’s Pumpkin Rescue.

Venue: The Forum’s Explorium

Cost: Free, drop-in

AGE: All ages

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Patrick Barkham Islander

Saturday 20 October 2018 3.00-4.00pm The Forum Patrick Barkham takes us on a journey around some of Britain’s most intriguing small islands, meeting their wild residents – from puffins to Orkney voles to eagles. Small islands can be ecological laboratories, warning...

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David Lindo – how to be an urban birder

David Lindo - How to be an urban birder Saturday 20 October 1.30pm–2.30pm Urban birding is fast becoming ornithology’s new rock ’n’ roll. Birds and birding have never been cooler – and urban birding is at the cutting edge. David Lindo, aka The Urban...

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Tree listening

Sat 20 Oct 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Sat 20 Oct 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Chapelfield Gardens. Ever wondered what the inside of a tree sounds like? The Tree Listening Project uses highly sensitive microphones to make audible the inner workings of trees. While listening...

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Follow us on Twitter

As an amazing week of fantastic entertainment, lectures and activities draws to a close, we want to say an amazing thank you to the #NorwichSciFest for involving us. We will continue to post on our twitter feed leading up to The Festival of Nature in April 2019, so stay tuned!

It's Science Without Borders day tomorrow and the last day of the festival, on what has been a fantastic week. For full details, locations, and to get tickets for the events taking place this Saturday 27th, then please clink on the website link below!

https://t.co/fTWOefHHKj

Health Day is almost here this Friday! The fantastic science festival continues with a whole day dedicated to the wonders of science linked to our health & wellbeing. From talks on cancer to having a happy brain, click on the link below for full details:
https://t.co/3r8TaxFvCY

Nature Day is TODAY!

Jam packed with talks and activities, it is not to be missed!

All the details are here:
https://t.co/JBMZdCHVRh

Do you know what a tree sounds like?
Come along tomorrow and find out. A truly eye (and ear) opening experience- do not miss this!

More details here: https://t.co/yZEqlTxdsP #FridayFeeling @NorwichSciFest

Become a #climatechange researcher for the Broads tomorrow!

Hear about the fascinating range of Broads' wildlife & take part in a future climate impacted scenario.
What do YOU think the future will bring?

Details here: https://t.co/pd3LPHStOD #FridayFeeIing @NorwichSciFest

An incredible insight to our amazing isles!

Tomorrow Patrick Barkham takes us on a journey around Britain’s intriguing small islands & introduces us their wild residents, from puffins to Orkney voles to eagles.

See here: https://t.co/lfW8zMhbje #FridayFeeling @NorwichSciFest

Find out about the birds (literally) on your doorstep with The Urban Birder!

Tomorrow David Lindo gives an eye opening talk on this rising front of birding- not to be missed!

Details here: https://t.co/b3UNBEpmGM #FridayFeeling @NorwichSciFest

Nature Day is tomorrow!
Don't miss out on a wide of range of exciting activities about our amazing natural world- a superb day out!

And you can see all the details here: https://t.co/JBMZdCZxfR

Ever wondered what the inside of a tree sounds like?
You can find out this Saturday! Don't miss this unique opportunity.

Details here: https://t.co/yZEqlTxdsP

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