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