Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Nature Festival 2019

Bioblitz: Sun 26 May 10.30am – Mon 27 10.30am
Main stalls: Sun 26 May from 10.30am – 5pm

Join us for fun packed 24 hours either book your ticket (tickets will be added closer to the event) or just turn up and pay on the door!

Working in collaboration with organisations which celebrate, explore and protect the natural world

Fun Activities and information from experts.

Meet the animals and plants of Selborne and surrounding areas, including reptiles, cattle, bees, and worms. Each stall has an interactive nature activity. Collect stamps for each activity in your Nature Passport, a reminder of your fun packed day…

Sunday 26th May 2019

10.30am Event Opens

11am Selborne Common Walk  With Chris Webb, our Local National Trust Ranger

11.30 Fungi Hunt Walk with Hampshire Fungus Recording  Group

11.30am ‘Selborne Landscape Partnership – farming and conservation in and around Selborne’ with Debbie Miller of the Selborne Landscape Partnership

12.30 pm ‘Fungi: more than just soup!’ with Stuart Skeates of the Hampshire Fungus Recording group

12.30pm Family Bug Hunt walk with The Young Entomologist Society and Gilbert White Education Team

1pm Bird Watching Walk with Hampshire Ornithological Society

1.30pm Family Butterfly Transect Walk with Gilbert White Education Team

2pm Selborne Common Walk  With Chris Webb, our Local National Trust Ranger

2.30pm Family Butterfly Transect Walk with Gilbert White Education Team

2.30pm ‘Growing Learners: Creating Inspirational Learning in Wicor Primary’ with Louise Bryant of Wiccor Primary

3pm Fungi Hunt Walk with Hampshire Fungus Recording Group

3.30pm Family Bug Hunt Walk with The Young Entomologist Society and Gilbert White Education Team

3.30pm Hampshire Swifts Talk with Tim Norris of Hampshire Swifts

4pm Bird Watching Walk with Hampshire Ornithological Society

5.30pm Day Event Closes

All Day@ The Field Study Centre

Borrow a bug hunt kit, Butterfly transect map & ID key and Meadow Plant hunt sheets

7pm  Nocturnal Nature Festival Starts £10 per person – Exploring the night time world of Gilbert Whites garden based at Gilbert White Field Centre including:

7pm Hampshire Swifts Walk around Selborne with Tim Norris of Hampshire Swifts

8pm starts Night Sky Viewing with Hampshire Astronomical Group

8.30 Bat Walk with Hampshire Bat Group

10.00 Moth Trap setting & Walk around grounds with Chris Piper, Gilbert White Volunteer

Tickets

  • Start Date: 26 May 19
  • End Date: 27 May 19
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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