Festival of Wildlife

Festival of Wildlife

Festival of Wildlife 2017

The Festival of Wildlife will return on the weekend of 27/28 July 2019

The 2019 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

We're working on the full list of activities for the 2019 festival, however we can confirm the following:

  • Full programme of guided walks throughout both days, including a walk to the Panshanger Old Oak as featured recently on BBC Countryfile, butterflies, birds, trees and flora, and a chance to learn about the River Mimram 
  • Full programme of wildlife-related talks, including water voles and butterflies
  • Longhorn cattle enclosure - meet nature's magnificent lawnmowers!
  • Invert Expert marquee - learn how to survey and identify invertebrates, grab a sweep net and see what you can find!  We will be counting and recording all species found at Panshanger Park over the weekend and resident artist Alistair Bright will be creating an art board displaying the variety of life found at the Park. Organised and run by volunteers from Herts Natural History Society
  • Arts and Crafts Marquee - discover local artisans and craftspeople selling items and demonstrating their crafts
  • Food and drink - a variety of local food sellers, including vegetarian and vegan options, ice-cream and lots more!
  • Children's Activity marquee - natural crafts, storytelling and games
  • Bird Watching and Bird Ringing - with volunteers from Herts Bird Club
  • Conservation charities - a variety of local wildlife and environmental charities

Festival of Wildlife 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. There is a height restriction barrier at the entrance. Look out for the yellow festival signs. Parking is in the field adjacent to the Festival site in the middle of the park, and there will be a one way system operating with exiting vehicles directed onto the B1000. Please note there is a suggested donation of £2 per car on entry to the festival parking. Entry to the festival on foot or by bicycle is free!

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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Headline Sponsor - Tarmac

Park owners, Tarmac, are the headline sponsor of Festival of Wildlife. Tarmac have owned the park since the 1980s and now that extraction on site has come to an end, Tarmac are working with the Trust and other stakeholders to open the park as a country park and nature reserve. 2019 will be Tarmac's 4th year as headline sponsor of the Festival of Wildlife. ]

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Associate Sponsor - Maydencroft

Groundwork contractors Maydencroft have worked with the Trust numerous times over the years on nature reserve projects. In February 2019, Maydencroft were appointed by Tarmac to help with the day-to-day running of Panshanger Park. 

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