We are holding our second annual Nature Festival on 27th May 2017.
The day is for everyone, from families looking for a great day out to those passionate about nature and its conservation. The festival will consist of organisations such as The RSPB, South Downs National Park Authority, The National Trust, Naturetrek, Hampshire Fungus Recording Group, Hampshire Bat Group, Fresh Water Habitats Trust and Hampshire Ornithological Society to name but a few, who will be running stalls and activities. There will be interactive stalls, guided walks, nature games and activities, live demonstrations, nature exploration on the day and plenty to do for all ages. We hope you spend the day with us, learn more with each activity you participate in and find out how you can get involved in making a difference!
Event Organiser Amanda Pagett explains ‘Gilbert White is referred to as the father of ecology, and his work is some of the earliest in the fields of ornithology and phenology. We think it is essential to follow in his footsteps by raising public awareness about the diversity of nature around us. The aim of this event is to have fun whilst doing just that.’
The Nature Festival runs from 10:30-5pm and is £7 for adults and £3 for children which includes access to the house and gardens as well as the activities. Our 24hr Bioblitz will run simultaneously throughout the Nature Festival. Once the festival closes our Field Studies Centre will become the base for the bioblitz. Visitors and experts will be collecting data on an array of species in our grounds and the results, collated with the help Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre’s team, will go towards our Modern Natural History of Selborne, continuing White’s legacy into the 21st Century.
Evening activities include a talk by Naturetrek on exploration beyond the Selborne Hanger. The talk is followed by an investigation of the newts and bats below the hanger lead by The Natural History Museum’s Identification Trainers and Nik Knight from the Hampshire Bat Group. Naturetrek then leads an investigation of moths, setting up traps in our local surroundings. Early on the Sunday 28th we open the moth traps and we record what has been caught. Breakfast is followed by an informative walk with Chris Webb our local National Trust Warden on Selborne Common. The bioblitz will end with a summary of the data we have collected. These activities can be booked separately or as part of the Bioblitz ticket which allows access to both Nature festival and the activities after 5pm.
Feedback from last year’s event was excellent with families enjoying the crafts and activities, discussions with the knowledgeable stall holders, and the tranquillity of the day.