Discover our amazing wildlife with Norfolk Festival of Nature partners including BTO, RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and more. Find out about the Norwich peregrines with the Hawk and Owl Trust. Follow the pink pigeon trail with the Earlham Institute, and have a go at UEA’s bird migration board game. Plus, learn about reducing food waste with Norwich City Council’s Pumpkin Rescue.
Programmed in partnership with Norfolk Festival of Nature. The Norfolk Festival of Nature is a partnership that uniquely brings together many organisations that work across Norfolk for the benefit of wildlife and nature, including: Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, Norfolk Museums’ Service, the University of East Anglia, Wild Days Conservation, the Broads Authority, The National Centre for Writing, and many others.
The pink pigeon trail – Earlham Institute
Pink pigeons are on the brink of extinction. From the same home as the dodo in Mauritius, these birds were almost lost forever before their population was resurrected from just ten individuals. Now there are several hundred in the wild, but they are still under threat.
Come and find out about the pink pigeon’s peril through a fun and educational tour, where you’ll discover the important work Earlham Institute does on ‘conservation genomics’ – helping not only pink pigeons but many other animals including koalas, black-footed ferrets and hen harriers.
Broads Wonderful Wildlife – Broads Authority
The Broads National Park with its wonderful wildlife is a great place to visit and see what’s alive. Fun activities will give you an insight into the wildlife you may see as well as finding out where to visit and enjoy the Broads. The Broads Authority works to care for the Broads National Park working with others to look after its landscape, wildlife and culture. It also promotes opportunities to understand the area and get out and experience it – on land and water.
Heard an Owl? – BTO
Heard a hoot in the night? We want to know! Take part in our survey to help us understand more about Tawny Owls – just listen out for them in your garden for 20 mins each week over the Autumn and let us know if you hear them or not… the ‘nots’ are important too; are we devoid of Tawnys in our town centres? If you’re not sure what a Tawny Owl sounds like, we have lots of information to delve into on our website to help you work out what that strange noise is and who might be making it..!
BTO studies birds, uniquely with the help of birdwatchers, who tell us what they see through the surveys and schemes we run. The data accumulated helps us monitor changes over time, advance our understanding of birds and deliver vital science. This public participation and collaboration in scientific research strengthens their connection with nature and provides stories to inspire and empower people with an understanding of birds and the importance of knowledge. Join us!
Hawk & Owl Trust – Norwich peregrines
A peregrine nesting platform was erected on Norwich Cathedral in 2011 and wild peregrines have been nesting in it ever since. Visit the Hawk and Owl Trust stand to find out more about wild birds of prey and their habitats, and to find out more about the Norwich peregrines.
The Hawk and Owl Trust is a national UK charity. It is dedicated to conserving birds of prey in the wild – and increasing knowledge and understanding of them. The key areas of our work are research, education, and conservation through our reserves Sculthorpe Moor in Norfolk, Shapwick Moor in Somerset and Fylingdales in Yorkshire.
Norwich Pumpkin Rescue – Norwich City Council and One Planet Norwich
Have fun and learn about reducing food waste with Norwich City Council and One Planet Norwich‘s Pumpkin Rescue.
Try tasting pumpkin-filled goodies from FoodCycle Norwich, see some Mad Science shows (11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2.30pm), learn about growing your own with Norwich Farmshare and the Allotments Association, and challenge some preconceptions around seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Come and learn about Norfolk’s wildlife. Make your own nature bookmark, learn about different species using touchscreens and play our Mystery Matching game!
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the first and oldest of the UK’s Wildlife Trusts, working to protect the future of wildlife and to help people connect with and be inspired by Norfolk’s wildlife and wild places. It is supported by more than 35,500 members across the UK and 1,400 active volunteers. NWT is a leading provider of outdoor learning and nature experiences in Norfolk through its visitor centres, school outreach, volunteering opportunities and the huge number of wildlife events on offer every year for all ages.
Riverlands – the National Trust brings rivers to life
Our rivers not only help make the British landscape so picturesque, they’re also a vital source of fresh water for people, industry, farming and wildlife. However, they’re in need of our help. Join us as our activities explore why rivers are so special and make your pledge to nature.
The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does. Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More than 25 million people visit every year, and together with 5 million members and over 62,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.
The Wonders of our Seas, Rivers and Broads of Norfolk – Hoveton Great Broad
Natural England’s Hoveton Great Broad Restoration Project will be working with the public to create a 3D installation of an underwater scene reflecting the wonder of our waterways!
Meet the harvest mice! – Wildlife Conservation Holidays
Come and meet the Harvest Mice and learn how your next holiday could help contribute to our understanding of these and other fascinating UK species. With Wild Days Conservation and Biosphere Expeditions.
Bird migration: Let’s fly!
Come and discover about the migrations of birds from Europe to Africa. Take part in Fly: The Bird Migration Game in which you become the bird and have to deal with the perils of migration. Plus learn to put GPS transmitters on bird friends and see what information we can get from them to learn more about the birds’ behaviours all year round.
Come and meet the RSPB and have fun learning about giving nature a home in your own garden. Have a go at pipe cleaner bee crafting or make a simple cereal feeder for birds.
We love nature — we’re passionate about wildlife and wild places. Come and hear about our work in Norfolk and beyond making changes for the better, for wildlife and people.
Get hands-on with ‘glowing nature’ by having a go at painting using chlorophyll solution extracted from spinach. Plus find out why, and see RE, why scorpions glow under blue light…!
Norfolk’s Deep History Coast
Norfolk Museums Service has been involved in major discoveries which have transformed our knowledge of early British prehistory. From the West Runton mammoth, to the earliest evidence of humans in northern Europe at Happisburgh – the archaeological and palaeontological importance of Norfolk’s coastline is astounding. Meet Senior Curator, Dr David Waterhouse and get hands-on with some of the remarkable fossils and stone tools that have helped change our understanding of life in the past, as well as our own origins.
Saturday 20 October
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages