Festival of Wildlife

Festival of Wildlife

Festival of Wildlife 2017

We are sorry but due to high winds and rain forecast the Festival of Wildlife has been cancelled on Sunday 29th July.

The 2018 Festival of Wildlife, in association with Herts Natural History Society and in partnership with Tarmac, takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Panshanger Park, near Hertford. 

The free family festival celebrates the rich diversity of wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex and features walks, talks, family activities and conservation demonstrations. We will be joined on the weekend by local conservation groups, food producers, artists and craftsmen - there's plenty to see and do!

What's On

Talks, in association with Herts Natural History Society

Talks take place in the talks marquee and there is no need to book. 

Saturday 28th July

Hertfordshire Rocks!

Tarmac’s Gareth Webb talks about geology and mineral extraction in Hertfordshire.

Have I Got More Poos For You? 

Back by popular demand, Graham White returns to help identify mammal poos. 

Nature's Chocolate Biscuits

Join water vole expert Martin Ketcher to learn about these elusive creatures.

Neighbourhood Nature

The Trust’s Tim Hill shares his tips on how to make your garden a wildlife haven.


Sunday 29th July

Riddip-ulous Amphibians

Frogs, toads and newts - Dave Willis introduces Hertfordshire’s amphibians. 

Bats: Stars of the Night

Roger Havard and Chantal Helm take us into the world of these nocturnal hunters. 

DANGER - the Mighty Minnow! 

The EA’s David Johnson reveals the minnow’s ‘alarming’ survival techniques.  

The Beauty of Butterflies

Hear all about Hert’s winged beauties with Butterfly Conservation’s Roger Gibbons.

Guided Walks

Please book your place on the guided walks and activities at the information marquee. Places are strictly limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday and Sunday

11:00 & 1.30

The Queen's Oak
Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and visit The Great Oak - rumoured to have been planted by Queen Elizabeth I. 

11:00 & 1.30

Brilliant Birds
Learn about Panshanger’s birds - from the winter wildfowl to the spectacular osprey. 

11:30 & 2:00

Magnificent Mimram
Find out about the globally rare chalk stream and the wildlife it supports.

11:30 & 2:00

Fabulous Flora
From delicated flowers to mighty trees, this walk will introduce the flora of Herts.

12:00 & 2:30

Smartphone Safari
Expert photographer and filmmaker Russell Savory shows you how to take great wildlife photos with your phone.

12:00 (Sun only) Back To The Wild
Learn how Panshanger has gone from quarry to award-winning country park. 
12:00 & 2:30

Dragons and Damsels
See how many of Hertfordshire’s 26 species of dragonfly you can spot on this guided walk through the Dragonfly Trail.

2:00 (Sat only) Beautiful Butterflies
Join Butterfly Conservation on a hunt for colourful butterflies. 


Wildlife Activites

Chalk Stream Discovery


Tractor Tour

Saturday and Sunday

Quarry Tractor Tour
10.30 (Sun only), 12:00, 1:30 & 3:00

Enjoy a driven guided tour of Panshanger, exploring the geology of Hertfordshire and charting the Parks’ restoration from quarry to country park and wildlife haven. 

Please note that this tour lasts for an hour and may not be suitable for younger children. The tractor tour is very popular and books up quickly.

Conservation Organisations

Festival of Wildlife 2017 gallery

Festival of Wildlife 2017

Finding Panshanger Park

The entrance to the Festival of Widlife is via the Thieves Lane car park located just off the A414 near Hertford. The nearest postcode is SG14 2WN. Please note that the entrance to the car park is on your left immediately after turning off the A414 at the roundabout onto Thieves Lane. Look out for the yellow festival signs. There is plenty of parking on site and the Festival is a short walk from the car park.

Useful information

  • Dogs are welcome at the Festival as long as they are kept on a lead
  • No glass is allowed on site
  • Disabled access  We welcome everyone to the Festival of Wildlife - there are disabled toilets and disabled parking available close to the entrance. The ground is fairly level on the main Festival site, however some of the surrounding activities may be difficult to access. Please note that the Festival is based on grass so may not be suitable for all wheelchairs. Please email info@hmwt.org with specific access questions.

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