wildlife7oaks2The only annual event in Kent to celebrate the wonderful world of wildlife. This FREE family fun event, now in its 6th year, will be jam packed with interactive activities including bug hunting, small mammal searches, live music, traditional folk dancing and our popular guided walks. There will be opportunities to participate in creative, environmentally aware workshops and demonstrations that share traditional values and you will go home having learnt a little bit more about your natural environment and the wildlife of Kent.

Browse the many stalls offering arts and crafts and stock up your kitchen cupboards with tasty goodies from food stall offering produce sourced in Kent and the surrounding areas. Bring along a picnic to enjoy or why not try something appetising from one of the food stalls offering everything from tasty Moroccan delights to a variety of vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFamily and nature inspired fun continues with ‘The Nerdy Birdies’. Join these enthusiastic and energetic ornithologists on a flightly journey through everything avian with their very own ‘Birdwatch Cabaret’. Glean some cheeky gardening advice from the ‘Green Fingered Gals’. Margery Mayflower and Rosemary Bush promise to water the weedy, prune the needy and will encourage all to grow tall!

BBC Summer of Wildlife comes to the Festival!
An exciting addition to this year’s Festival of Wildlife is the opportunity to meet BBC wildlife cameraman and presenter Richard Taylor-Jones. Richard comes from Kent and is passionate about the natural world. He has made wildlife films on a variety of species, from seals to migrant turnstones for BBC Springwatch, Countryfile and The One Show.

The BBC Summer of Wildlife team will be at the Festival for a special ‘Behind the Scenes’ filming area where you can lean about setting up a wildlife camera and filming a natural habitat. You will also be able to hear Richard talk about the techniques and challenges of filming wildlife, as well as watch fantastic wildlife footage, some of which was shot right here in Kent.

There will be the chance to take part in the 15 Minute Filming Challenge and also get tips on how to take great wildlife photos on your mobile phone and upload them to the BBC Summer of Wildlife Flickr account.

Find out more at bbc.co.uk/summerofwildlife

The Festival will be signposted from the A25 Bradbourne Vale Road between Bat & Ball and Riverhead and there’s ample parking at £2 per car on site. Railway stations are close by at Sevenoaks and Bat & Ball. More details on our website at http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01622 662012 or twitter @KentWildlife