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Voices for Nature

Voices for Nature

By Festival of Nature
The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, Festival of Nature, is back and looking a bit different this year with a brand new programme of activity to help everyone discover new ways to connect with nature this summer.

This year’s festival is all about ‘Nature’s Voices’ celebrating and honouring how nature has supported us through the pandemic, and the ways we can work together with nature to support our collective recoveries.
Get involved at or follow the hashtag #FestOfNature21
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How Many Geese? Podcast (Festival of Nature special!)

Voices for Nature

Give Back
Hear from volunteers on the benefits of lending a helping hand by volunteering or creating a space for nature.
June 12, 2021
How Many Geese? Podcast (Festival of Nature special!)
How Many Geese? Have kindly recorded a special episode for us all about festivals IN nature. "How Many Geese?" Investigating the best bits of nature Bill Oddie never talked about. Each episode also pits a host against a new species of animal to decide how many they could take in a fight. The show for nature lovers who recognise that failing to plan is planning to fail! So have a think: if it was you vs geese - how many geese? You can listen to How Many Geese on Spotify -
June 12, 2021
Nature and Identity
We're joined by Dr Davina Quinlivan, a lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Bristol. Davina has written on nature and migration, and today we discuss her first book Shalimar: Field Notes from the Map Maker's Daughter, which is on its way to being published
June 12, 2021
Ways of Listening with Frances Mckenney
The Ways of Listening project began as a series of guided walks designed to introduce young people to the different ‘ways’ in which scientist, musicians and poets have developed for listening to birdsong. Today Frances Mackenney joins the Voices of Nature podcast to discuss the aims of the project and how we can improve our connections with the natural world.
June 11, 2021
Bonus Episode - Stockwood Growing Together
Stockwood Growing together supports local food club, supports the elderly, supports mental health, builds community - through growing food at the garden. Find out more about Stockwood Growing Together on their Facebook page:
June 11, 2021
Demand More
Hear from elected officials and campaigners on how to lend your voice to encourage policy makers, businesses and institutions to be more nature friendly
June 11, 2021
Bonus Episode - with Roy Kareem from Black and Green Ambassadors
Meet Roy Kareem from Bristol's Black and Green Ambassadors and hear how to get involved with the researcher projects the Black and Green Ambassadors are currently undertaking.
June 11, 2021
Keeping up with the fastest animal on earth
Travelling at top speeds of over 300km/h, the peregrine falcon is one of the most powerful animals in the sky. But it is also an incredibly fragile species, and today we speak to Colin Knowles of the National Trust to talk about the threats facing these iconic birds and how we can best help them to thrive.
June 11, 2021
The Impact of Green Spaces on Health
Hear from Professor Danielle Sinnett about the importance of green infrastructure in our cities and how important it is for our health
June 11, 2021
Take Less
The second of four special podcast episodes - Hear from experts and researchers on how small ways of taking a little less can massively reduce our personal impact on the natural world by cutting down waste and consumption
June 10, 2021
Breaking into Geoscience with Dr Hazel Beaumont
Today, Kitty is joined by Dr Hazel Beaumont to discuss the wonderful world of geoscience and the myriad of career options that are open to the budding geoscientists of the future.
June 10, 2021
Trees and Climate Change
Why trees are important for climate and their role in combatting climate change? This episode features Ross Kennerley from the Woodland Trust
June 09, 2021
The Woodland Trust
Our trees and woodlands are under pressure form human activities, diseases and pests, so how can we help protect them? In this episode of the Voices of Nature we speak to Jane Craven of the Woodland Trust to discuss the importance of woodlands and we need to step up our protection of trees.
June 09, 2021
Choose Better
The first of four special podcast episodes - hear from experts and researchers on how to switch to more sustainable products and services, supporting a nature friendly economy.
June 08, 2021
Blue Presciptions - How using nature can improve our health?
Our natural world has an important part to play in preventing and treating ill health and we believe more people should have the opportunity to access these incredible natural environments where they live and work. In this we hear from Jonathan Reeves, Principal Researcher (Health & Wellbeing) at WWT to discuss the Blue Prescriptions project, a a nature-based form of social prescribing.
June 08, 2021
Bonus Episode - with Ian Slomon Kawall
Hear from Ian Solomon Kawall, Diversity and Community Engagement Project Manager for the Bristol City Council Climate Strategy, for an insight of the values of nature through his project May Project Gardens -
June 07, 2021
Let's Get Buzzing with Paul Pearce
How can we maintain wild areas that promote habitats for our ever important pollinator species such as bees and butterflies? That's the question we're asking Paul Pearce of Bath & North East Somerset Council in today's episode
June 07, 2021
Voices for Nature Podcast: Dogger Bank, Brexit and the marine environment
In this episode of Voices for Nature we are joined by Tom Appleby of the Blue Marine Foundation to explore how the UK's exit from the European Union is leading to improved designations for our marine protected areas, and how environmental groups are pressing for similar measures to come in to force across other European nations.
June 05, 2021
Voices for Nature Podcast: Unearthed with Lukus Robbins
Soils define culture. Throughout history soil has defined human societies perhaps more strongly than any other single environmental variable. Join artist Lukus Robbins to discover how he is exploring the world beneath our feet to answer questions about soil.
June 05, 2021