Wild About Jersey takes place between 9.30am and 4pm at Queen's Hall and Don Theatre, Fort Regent on Saturday 24 February 2018. It is free to attend and there’s no need to book. There will be something for everyone, from experts to amateurs, school children or enthusiastic beginners who want to get more involved with nature and our natural environment.
You can listen to expert speakers on environmental topics or visit the wide range of stalls and activities provided by many of our natural environment organisations.
Wild About Jersey will raise your environmental awareness and encourage you to volunteer or join environment projects or monitoring programmes.
Our Wild About Jersey partners are Jersey National Park and Natural Jersey who work to protect and promote Jersey's natural beauty.
Connecting with nature
The 2018 theme for Wild About Jersey is connecting with nature. Scientists have proven that spending time in nature improves our physical and mental health, relieves stress, and brings us together. Connecting more people with nature will help us to slow down the loss of our biodiversity. Through this event we hope to establish and deepen the relationship between our natural environment and our community.
Programme for Wild About Jersey 2018
A series of free talks and activities in Queen's Hall will be taking place throughout Saturday 24 February. These will showcase environmental projects that will inspire you to connect to nature.
There is no need to book, so just turn up.
Children must be supervised by a responsible adult
|10am to 10.45am||Earthworm Watch survey: dig for earthworms, checking which of the three groups they belong to; what they do to the soil and check the soil type where they were found|
Meet at the Jersey Biodiversity stall
This activity might involve getting slightly muddy, so outdoor wet weather gear is recommended (gloves will be provided)
|11am to 11:45am||Short guided walk: join Birdsong Garden to discover some edible plants growing wild even in the most surprising places||Meeting at the Birdsong Garden stall|
|1pm to 2pm||Centipede hunting: catch centipedes and other creatures under rocks and leaves. Use microscopes to see these creatures up close and identify them||Meet at the Jersey Biodiversity Centre stall|
|All day||What is a seed? The germination and propagation process from seed to plant ||Overdale Horticultural Group stall|
|All day||Tree identification and quiz ||Jersey Trees for Life stall|
|All day||Owl pellet dissection: discover what's inside ||Jersey Barn Owl Conservation stall|
|All day||Watch how different technology is used to survey wildlife||Sangan Island Conservation stall|
Rock pool touch tank
Marine Biology Section Societe Jersiaise
|All day||Candle rolling with locally produced beeswax ||Jersey Beekeepers' Association stall|
|All day||Planting tree and hedge whips ||Jersey Trees for Life |
Programme of talks in the Don Theatre, Fort Regent
|10am||Rewild Ourselves, Rewild Our World||Dr Lesley Dickie, Durrell|
|10.30am||The Jersey National Park: an Island to Cherish||Jim Hopley, Jersey National Park|
|11am||Birds On The Edge Spreads its Wings||Cris Sellares, Birds on the Edge|
|11.30am||The Last Child in the Woods: Where are our Young Naturalists?|
Stephen Le Quesne, Wild Days: Outdoor Learning
|12pm||Natural Jersey: Creating a place for nature within our Parishes||Mike Stentiford, Natural Jersey|
|12.30pm||Wild beekeeping in the garden: How to run a 5 star bee n' bee||Jon Rault, National Trust for Jersey|
|1pm||Seasearch and Citizen Science|
Kevin McIlwee, Jersey Marine Conservation
|1.30pm||Bringing nature into the classroom: The National Trust for Jersey's education programme||Jo Stansfield, National Trust for Jersey|
|2pm||Jersey Mencap pond project||Alex Wiles, Jersey Mencap|
|2.30pm||Why should we care about toads and lizards? ||Dr John Wilkinson, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, UK|
|3pm||Using Technology to Connect to Nature||Piers Sangan, Sangan Island Conservation|
|3.30pm||Introducing Hugh the bat and the Jersey bat project||Dr Amy Hall, Jersey Bat Group|