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Festival of Wildlife

Festival of Wildlife (c) Patricia Rayner Festival of Wildlife (c) Patricia Rayner

The 2017 Festival of Wildlife will take place on 29 and 30 July.

The 2017 Festival of Wildlife, in association with Herts Natural History Society will once again take place in Tarmac's beautiful Panshanger Park, near Hertford. 

The Festival, kindly hosted by Tarmac, will celebrate the rich diversity of wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

The event is open to the public from 10am to 4pm each day, is free of charge and offers guided walks and expert talks by the Trust and Hertfordshire Natural History Society, as well as a whole host of drop-in activities.  

There is lots for families to do, with Panshanger Park Forest School offering fun activites like Mud Splat!, wand making and tree cookie trolls, and a special Discovery Area where children can hear all about their local wildlife and listen to nature themed stories.

Free car parking will be available on-site. Alternatively the nearest bus stop is Ladywood Road on Thieves Lane - 388, 641 and H3 buses.


Festival of Wildlife 2017 programme

Walks/tours

  • Dragons and Damsels (11:30 & 2:30 Saturday and Sunday)
    Hertfordshire is home to 26 species of dragonfly! See what you can spot on this walk with dragonfly expert Roy Woodward. 
  • Flora Explorer (11:30 & 2:30 Saturday and Sunday)
    Take in the sights and scents of summer blooms on this floral discovery that takes in Panshanger’s most colourful plants!
  • Marvellous Mimram (12:00 & 2:00 Saturday and Sunday)
    Discover the beautiful chalk streams of Hertfordshire 
  • Smartphone Safari (12:00 Saturday and Sunday)
    Expert photographer, Russell Savory, shows you how to take great wildlife photos your smartphone.
  • Tree-mendous History (11:00 & 1:30 Saturday and Sunday)
    Learn about Panshanger’s living ancient monuments on this fascinating walk .
  • Wild Panshanger (11:00 & 1:30 Saturday and Sunday)
    This walk will show you the variety of special wildlife that Panshanger Park, and the wider county, is home to.
  • Tarmac quarry tractor tour (10.30 Sunday & 12:00, 1:30 & 3:00 Saturday and Sunday) 
    A journey to show how quarrying has transformed the park and helped create the wonderful landscape and habitats which can be enjoyed today.

Talks

  • Britain's Got Talons (1.00 Sunday) 
    Mike Illet introduces us to the majestic Osprey that frequents Panshanger.
  • Gardening for Wildlife (3.30 Saturday) 
    The Trust’s Tim Hill shares his tips on how to make your garden a wildlife haven.
  • Have I Got Poos For You (12.30 Saturday) 
    Join Graham White who will help you identify the poos of Hertfordshire’s mammals (by sight and smell) and where to find them.
  • Here Be Dragons! (12.30 Saturday)
    Roy Woodward takes us on a journey to discover the county’s very own dragons - dragonflies! 
  • Pike - Hertfordshire's Jaws (12.00 Saturday)
    Hear about Hertfordshire’s very own jaws from the Environment Agency’s George Horne.
  • Ratty On The River Bank (2.00 Sunday) 
    Best known as Ratty from Wind in the Willows, find out about water voles.
  • Wildlife Through A Lens (2.30 Saturday and 3.00 Sunday) 
    Join wildlife film maker Russell Savory to hear expert tips and see amazing footage

 Drop-in activities

  • Bird ringing - We will be ringing local birds to identify and monitor them for conservation.
  • Bird watching - Grab a pair of binoculars and watch the birds of Panshanger Park swoop over Kings Lake.
  • Chalk stream discovery - Learn all about the underwater world of chalk streams - rare and beautiful local habitats teeming with wildlife.
  • Minibeast hunt - Search for creepy crawlies in the grass and then identify them with the experts!

Children's Activities

Forest School

  • Fairy and elf houses
  • Magic potion making
  • Mud kitchen
  • Mud splat!
  • Tree cookie trolls
  • Wand making (1.00 & 3.00 Saturday and Sunday, must be booked on the day)
  • Willow crowns 

Discovery area

  • Animal Olympics! (11.30 & 3.00 Saturday, 11.30 & 3.00 Sunday)
    Like Olympic athletes, wildlife must demonstrate amazing athletic abilities every day and their prize is survival! Learn which animals are at the top of their game and see how you would might compete against the best of them
  • Marvellous Mammals (12.30 & 3.00 Saturday)
    Join mammal expert Louise to learn all about the mammals of Hertfordshire.
  • Storytime (12.30 & 2.00 Sunday)
    Herts Inclusive Theatre will be using props to tell wild stories in the discovery area on Sunday.

Stalls/ stands

  • Affinity Water Saving Squad
  • Hedgehog Rescue London Colney
  • Herts Bat Group 
  • Herts & Middlesex Badger Group
  • Puddingstone Distillery
  • Rothamsted Bumblebee Students
  • Sawbridgeworth Marsh Nature Reserve (Sunday)
  • Tarmac - giant sand pit and face-painting!
  • Welwyn Beekeepers

Arts and crafts tent

  • Connie Fielder Ceramics
  • Ellies iPad Art
  • Herts Natural History Society
  • Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
  • Kotori Art
  • Sarah Duthie Animal Art
  • Wiccaknitta
  • Wildlife Travel

Food

  • Coffee Ethic
  • Emilios Vintage Catering
  • Jack's Smoke Shack
  • Rollo Ice Cream
  • Waffle Way

Finding Panshanger Park 

The entrance to the Festival is via Theives Lane (satnav postcode:SG14 2WN). Free parking will be made avaliable in the centre of the park. 

 

Volunteering and stands

If you'd like to get involved with the Festival as a volunteer or to have a stand at the event, please e-mail the events team.