Wild Weekend 2024 Talks and Workshops

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You've already decided you're coming to our Wild Weekend; brilliant! We can't wait to see you. In addition to the many free activities and talks we've got on, we're hosting a selection of "premium" talks and workshops which have limited places and are available for a small additional charge. The talks are all £3 each or why not book all talks for £10 per day. Please note this page is just for booking tickets to the talks listed below. The price does not include event entry; see https://events.secretworld.org/event/secret-worlds-wild-weekend/ for day tickets. Here's what you have to look forward to:

Saturday

10:30am: Pine Marten Release Project
Jamie Kingscott-Edmunds, Pine Marten Project Manager at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, for a fascinating talk about the reintroduction of pine martens to the Forest of Dean. Jamie has been working with animals for over 10 years and his humorous, relaxed style is a perfect compliment to the extensive knowledge he has of rewilding.

11am: Wildflower Walk with Mark Walker
Join gardener, designer and author Mark Walker for a gentle stroll along our wildflower strip to learn more about the variety of species that we have and their importance in conservation and biodiversity. Please note this is a free activity with limited spaces and can be signed up for on the day in person at the Secret World information stand.

11am: Francis Farr-Cox 'Spiderman'
Join Francis on this short walk around our site, see what arachnids you might find along the way and learn a little more about them. Please note this is a free activity with limited spaces and can be signed up for on the day in person at the Secret World information stand.

11:30am: Behind the scenes in Springwatch
TV presenter and Secret World patron Martin Hughes-Games shares unbelievable stories from his career in TV and recording wildlife. He really has seen it all! He is best known for co-presenting the BBC magazine-style nature series Springwatch as well as its spin-offs, Winterwatch, Autumnwatch, and Springwatch Unsprung.

12pm: Francis Farr-Cox 'Spiderman'
Join Francis on this short walk around our site, see what arachnids you might find along the way and learn a little more about them. Please note this is a free activity with limited spaces and can be signed up for on the day in person at the Secret World information stand.

12.30pm: Wildflower Walk with Mark Walker
Join gardener, designer and author Mark Walker for a gentle stroll along our wildflower strip to learn more about the variety of species that we have and their importance in conservation and biodiversity. Please note this is a free activity with limited spaces and can be signed up for on the day in person at the Secret World information stand.

1pm: Billy's Wildlife Roadtrip
Billy Heaney is a zoologist, wildlife presenter, filmmaker, and keen paddle-boarder, who is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4's Nature Table with Sue Perkins. He's also our newest patron! He'll be talking about his experiences working with marine life.

2pm: The adventures of an Italian wildlife vet (including wolves, porcupines and deer)
Riccardo Rossi, a vet from Piacenza Wildlife Rescue centre in Italy, presents an eye-opening talk about the impact humans have had on the natural world and the various ways we can work to restore the balance.

2.30pm: Francis Farr-Cox 'Spiderman'
Join Francis on this short walk around our site, see what arachnids you might find along the way and learn a little more about them. Please note this is a free activity with limited spaces and can be signed up for on the day in person at the Secret World information stand.

3pm: Billy's Wildlife Roadtrip
Billy Heaney is a zoologist, wildlife presenter, filmmaker, and keen paddle-boarder, who is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4's Nature Table with Sue Perkins. He's also our newest patron! He'll be talking about his experiences working with marine life.

Book an 'All Talks' pass to gain access to all of Saturday's talks. Please note this pass only applies to the talks and workshops must be booked separately.

Sunday

10:30am: The adventures of an Italian wildlife vet (including wolves, porcupines and deer)
Riccardo Rossi, a vet from Piacenza Wildlife Rescue centre in Italy, presents an eye-opening talk about the impact humans have had on the natural world and the various ways we can work to restore the balance.

10:30am: Wildlife Safari with Ed Drewitt
Naturalist Ed Drewitt takes you on a one-hour circular walk on a public footpath, visiting the nearby Millennium Wood. Look and listen for signs of local wildlife, from birds of prey to deer and badgers. Ed is an energetic and enthusiastic nature communicator and has been studying wildlife for over 20 years.

11am: Quigong Tai Chi with Beith Woodburn
Quigong is a centuries-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality and martial arts training.
Make sure you book to avoid disappointment as there are limited spaces for this activity.

11:30am: Barn owls in a changing climate
Chris Sperring MBE is a professional wildlife conservationist working for Hawk and Owl Trust. He also presents and broadcasts on TV and radio, lectures on a wide range of subjects, is a wildlife photographer, and writes articles for magazines and newspapers. There's nothing he doesn't know about barn owls!

12pm: Wildlife Safari with Ed Drewitt
Naturalist Ed Drewitt takes you on a one-hour circular walk on a public footpath, visiting the nearby Millennium Wood. Look and listen for signs of local wildlife, from birds of prey to deer and badgers. Ed is an energetic and enthusiastic nature communicator and has been studying wildlife for over 20 years.

1pm: The Hidden World of Garden Bees
In this illustrated talk, Brigit Strawbridge will explain some of the basic differences between honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees, including their roles as pollinators, and their myriad relationships with flowering plants. The talk also touches on bee decline, and, most important, advises how we can help by creating more pollinator-friendly gardens, habitats, and communities. Brigit is a wildlife gardener, amateur naturalist, and advocate of bees.

2pm: Quigong Tai Chi for children with Beith Woodburn (Under 16's)
Quigong is a centuries-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality and martial arts training.
Make sure you book to avoid disappointment as there are limited spaces for this activity.

3pm: Pine Marten Release Project with Jamie Kingscott-Edmunds
Jamie Kingscott-Edmunds, Pine Marten Project Manager at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, for a fascinating talk about the reintroduction of pine martens to the Forest of Dean. Jamie has been working with animals for over 10 years and his humorous, relaxed style is a perfect compliment to the extensive knowledge he has of rewilding.

Book an 'All Talks' pass to gain access to all of Sunday's talks. Please note this pass only applies to the talks and workshops must be booked separately.