Springwatch at Stanmer

Thousands of people attended Springwatch Festivals hosted by BBC and Brighton & Hove City Council.

This family nature festival launched a Year of Action for wildlife across Brighton & Hove. It was a great day out and had something for everyone including wild workshops –  making nestbox building and bug hunting, A CBBC Wildlife Tracker challenge, making bird feeders and bug “bling”, sow a wildflower garden,  traditional woodcraft demonstrations using local wood and plenty of food and drink from the Sussex Farmers Market and Beer Bus!

To get a flavour follow the link below


Latterly the Springwatch Festival became the Sussex Festival of Nature

The festival was divided into four zones – woodland, downland, marine, and city parks/gardens

There were plenty of ideas and inspiration from garden displays, including a butterfly garden with ideas for planting to attract wildlife, and a water-saving, low maintenance drought-resistant garden. Experts were on hand to give tips and advice in gardeners’ question time sessions

There were displays by the heavy horses, sheep shearers and birds of prey. Morris dancers added a splash of traditional local colour and music. There were tractor rides, climbing activities and a farmer’s market selling local produce. 

Councillor Pete West, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee at the time, said: “The Sussex Festival of Nature is an opportunity to have a wonderful day out, find out more about the local environment, and get ideas and advice on what you can do at home to boost nature and wildlife, whether you have a back garden or a window box.”

See below for a taste of the festival


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