People are being invited to meet celebrity wildlife experts, take part in nature trails and enjoy nature themed activities at a charity’s Wildlife Festival.
The Staffordshire Wildlife Festival, sponsored by Crayfish Design, has been organised by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and takes place on Sunday 22nd May between 10.30am and 4pm. It will also include the Trust’s Annual General Meeting, which starts at 10am.
The Festival, which will be held at the Trust’s Wolseley Centre headquarters, near Rugeley, includes a special guest appearance from naturalist Mike Dilger, from BBC One’s The One Show, who will be signing copies of his new book, ‘Nightingales in November,’ as well as holding a special talk about the book and his work.
Wildlife campaigner, and journalist Mary Colwell will also be attending the event where she will be highlighting the plight of the endangered curlew.
Other expert speakers will also be in attendance, including talks on subjects like grasslands, the impact of HS2 on wildlife and wetlands by staff members from the Trust.
Mike Dilger said:
“As a Staffordian born and bred I’m really looking forward to returning back to my ‘original home patch’, particularly on the day of such an auspicious occasion.
“The Staffordshire Wildlife Festival promises to be a terrific day dedicated to this wonderful and highly underrated county, and I look forward to spending the day at the event and seeing both a few familiar faces and lots of new ones as we all come together to celebrate wildlife on our own doorstep.”
Alison Holmes, Commercial Manager for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said:
“The Staffordshire Wildlife Festival will be a great occasion and a real showcase for what our charity is about and the work we carry out across the county. We are very excited to welcome Mike Dilger to the event and a number of other expert speakers, too.
“We hope there will be something for everyone on the day and look forward to seeing people there. Activities include guided walks, pond dipping and mini-beast hunting and there will also be a range of nature themed stalls.”
The event will also act as the Trust’s 30 Days Wild launch. The 30 Days Wild challenge encourages people to do something wild every day during the month of June, from reading a nature book, exploring a local reserve or even going bird watching. People can now sign up for 30 Days Wild here wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild
The Staffordshire Wildlife Festival will be free to attend, while there will be an entry fee of £3 to attend Mike Dilger’s talk and a charge for some activities. For a full list of talks, activities and to book onto the talk, visit the Trust’s website www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/events/2016/wildlifefestival
There will also be a bar, cafe and wood-fired pizzas on offer during the event.
For more information call the Wolseley Centre on 01889 880100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org