Festival of Wildlife 2013 – Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August, 10am – 4pm

This free family event, now in its 6th year, is the only annual event in Kent to celebrate the wonderful world of wildlife. Organised by Kent Wildlife Trust and centred in and around a splendid woodland and lakeside setting – the packed programme features bug hunting, guided walks and angling demonstrations. The ‘Best of Kent’ stalls will offer all manner of arts and crafts and tasty locally-sourced food products.

Adding to the festive atmosphere will be live music, traditional folk dancing, a Birdwatchers’ Cabaret, gardening tips from the Green Fingered Gals, and even virtual whale watching!

There will be opportunities to participate in creative, environmentally-aware workshops and demonstrations to help you learn a little bit more about your natural environment and the wildlife of Kent.


BBC Summer of Wildlife comes to Kent!

An exciting addition to this year’s Festival of Wildlife is the opportunity to meet BBC wildlife cameraman and presenter Richard Taylor-Jones, who lives in Kent, and is passionate about the natural world. His wildlife films have been featured on BBC Springwatch, Countryfile and The One Show.

The BBC Summer of Wildlife team will be at the Festival on Sunday 18th August for a special BBC ‘Behind the Scenes’ filming area where you can learn about setting up a wildlife camera and filming a natural habitat.

Richard will talk about the techniques and challenges of filming wildlife, and you’ll be able to watch fantastic wildlife footage – some of which was shot right here in Kent.

You can take part in the ’15 Minute Filming Challenge’ in the wildlife reserve 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 of Wildlife 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 are at http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01622 662012. Find us on twitter@KentWildlife