The Cambridge Nature festival is now in full swing! This year we have a over 150 events over five weeks – all in or around Cambridge. The Launch event was held on Logan’s meadow and over 400 people came to learn more about our local environment and the organisations working hard in this area surrounded by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination’s beautiful Fantastical Forest hangings as well as to enjoy some wonderful storytelling, insect ID sessions, art making, demonstrations from the Foraging Chef and the Pole lathe turners and a fascinating guided tree walk with Kenny McGregor .

The first few weeks of the festival have been packed with events – many of which have been so oversubscribed that repeat events have been put on! There have been guided walks to see bitterns and explore nature reserves – as well as to explore the ecology of the Eddington development, a sustainability forum which brought in speakers from all around the globe, maasai dancers in a fen field, geology walks looking at the stones used to build our beautiful city, a festival of plants and even the chance to go big tree climbing at Wimpole!

A number of things have been running throughout the festival including a programme of the Wildlife Trust’s bat punt safaris, a community led trail at the Museum of Cambridge,  a nature takeover at the libraries and boat trips on Wicken Fen Lode.  
Some of the highlights over the next week or so include guided bat walks,  a bioblitz at Hobson’s Brook and Conduit, Moth Trapping at Girton College, a guided Orchid walk to Haslingfield’s Clunch Pit, Pod dipping and an introduction to fishing at Milton Country Park and a talk on the importance of peatlands at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. For more details of these events – and all the events we haven’t had space to fit in there – please see the Cambridge Nature Festival website - https://cambridgenaturenetwork.org/naturefestival