I gave a talk for children in the Wild Zone at the BirdFair wildlife festival last year about our new book. Birdfair is a national 3-day event celebrating nature and raising funds for conservation.
I hope to repeat this popular short course on Britain's amazing trees again this year. It is aimed at beginner and improver botanists but also appeals generally to anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge on tree ecology. Morning ID workshop and talk, afternoon walk. More details via Avon Wildlife Trust soon.
I hope to repeat this pond course and others this year, at Grow Wilder [the site that used to be called Feed Bristol] although a lot of activities have been on hold due to the pandemic. Updates will be shared here and by the Avon Wildlife Trust.
Share nature and get help with wildlife ID
I am an occasional guest on Bristol City FM and Stokes Croft FM with the Shepherd's Way show, discussing all sorts of wildlife topics - eg how wildlife hits headlines in the wrong way, also wildflower ecology, bees, bats, hedgehogs, gardens, how to be a naturalist, wildlife recording & more: here.
Thanks to presenter Steve Yabsley for our eco chat on BBC Radio Bristol. It is available on this link for a brief period. We discussed: ecology, our environmental mess, dormice, why Sean Taylor & I wrote Winter Sleep, wild things in the woods, the power of one, social shift, plastic attack & why I'm #flightfree. It starts at 33 mins: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07m70f2
I lead a New Year Plant Hunt every year in Bristol, usually on or around January 1. Details are posted on here nearer the time. This is for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland citizen science project, in search of midwinter blossoms.
BSBI New Year Plant Hunt
We have display plaques available if anyone wishes to take part in our Hedgehog Highway Appeal which is a join project with South Bristol Voice, Avon Wildlife Trust and the Hedgehog Society. We've appealed to Bristol people to help hedgehogs, record & map sightings, and open up garden access to increase habitat for this declining, iconic British species. Simply make a hedgehog access hole in your garden wall or fence about the size of a brick (13cm x 13cm). Please contact me to claim your plaque, to inspire your friends and neighbours & map your sightings!
I help run this Society. We are always on the lookout for guest speakers for our winter lectures and sites for field visits. Please get in touch if you have ideas or would like to join. We host a fantastic range of wildlife events throughout the year for all abilities across the region. We are lucky to have members with incredible knowledge to share.
Birdfair: Winter Sleep talk
I have set up an iSpot project page for south Bristol. It is free, fun and open to everyone to use. The site provides a permanent map and growing photo gallery of local wildlife records, built continuously by everyone in the community. It supports the My Wild Bedminster project. Hopefully it will trigger and satisfy curiosity about nature, increase wildlife recording and knowledge. Anyone can use it to share photos of wildlife sightings and get free expert help to identify species.
My Wild Bedminster Winners!
Congrats to our wildlife art winners: Filippo Mele, Megan Anthony, Sebastian Flower and Ashton Gate Primary School. We challenged children to go out on a wild adventure, discover & draw Bristol's wildlife - with kids' TV Star Andy Day, My Wild Bedminster's Ben Barker, South Bristol Voice, schools, Avon Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation and me.
GET CLOSER TO NATURE
• I post various events and opportunities on here as they arise. I am involved with a few projects as an honorary Avon Wildlife Trust Champion, e.g. running sessions with school kids, pollinator projects, a hedgehog project in south Bristol, wildlife discovery events and habitat creation activities, dormice research, all in partnership with conservation charities. I also lead wildlife projects for Victoria Park Wildlife Group.
• I run science-rich wildlife workshops & activities, for schools and other groups, e.g. leading Bioblitz events and sessions on jungle explorers, plant science, teaching survey & identification skills, pollinators, willow tunnel creation, mammal tracking, minibeasts and reptiles. I am DBS-checked for working with children. Please ask if you're interested.
Ecology & Wild Flower Identification
I run wild flower ID courses and ecology events most years as a freelance tutor.Keep an eye on Avon Wildlife Trust's events pages for details. I have also run them for Bristol Museum, Festival of Nature, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, UWE and University of Bristol staff and students, schools and private groups.