Wild Weekend Schedule of Events

Wild Weekend Festival: Sat 29th – Sun 30th April

SATURDAY 29TH APRIL

9:30  – 10:30 am:  Birds of Woodberry Wetlands – guided walk

Spring is a birdlife spectacular at the East Reservoir that you won’t want to miss. This guided walk led by London Wildlife Trust’s own birding experts, Tony Wileman and Nathan Legall, will introduce you to some of the common species visiting us at this time of year. The walk will circumnavigate the reservoir at a comfortable pace and allow plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

10:00 am – 12:30 pm: It’s a Bugs Life

Join London Wildlife Trust’s outdoor learning team for an engaging, informative and entertaining session about our indigenous invertebrate species.  Discover how to recognise different species and where to find them in the field whilst learning a bit about their natural history, lifecycle, habitat, migration, camouflage and survival methods against predators and adverse conditions.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Dragonfly Detectives

Between May and September, London’s streams, rivers and ponds light up with the dazzling flight of dragonflies and damselflies. Collectively known as Odonata, these impressive insects thrive in unpolluted water and are a great indicator of a healthy ecosystem. By understanding where dragonflies and damselflies live, we will find out how connected and healthy London’s freshwater habitats are.  As part of London Wildlife Trust’s Water for Wildlife project, we are asking Londoners to help us map dragonflies and damselflies across the capital. Based alongside our educational ponds, our Water for Wildlife team will show you how you can become a Dragonfly Detective. Website

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Give Birds a Helping Hand with Hackney Swifts

Swifts are emblematic to our reservoirs but are at risk as they lose their nesting places to urban development. Their breeding numbers have fallen by 47 per cent between 1995-2014, making them an amber-listed species on the list of Birds of Conservation Concern. Hackney Swift volunteers will be at the Roundhouse throughout the weekend to deliver presentations about the conservation of these birds and show how you can assist. Includes a poster printing workshop to help illustrate beauty of these birds. Hackney Swifts Twitter

11:00 am – 3:30 pm:  Conservation in the Capital – talks and debates

From Cockney sparrows and graceful grebes to the bird-seed industry and the design of new buildings, there is a lot of happening to the capital’s birds. Curated by London Wildlife Trust’s Director of Conservation, Mathew Frith, the festival’s Speakers Tent will feature presentations from leading experts on some of the marvels of London’s avifauna, from swifts to peregrine falcons, and actions that are taking place to conserve their habitats. In addition, interactive panel discussions on some hot topics, such as the impacts of development and issues surrounding controversial birds such as parakeets, will enable the audience to ask questions, gain insights and learn how to further help London’s birds.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Batty behaviour

Learn about the species of bat making their homes at Woodberry Wetlands with our friends at London Bat Group. Learn about bats’ crucial role in the ecosystem, the lifestyle of these mysterious creatures and the variety of issues threatening their habitat.  A demonstration of harp trapping techniques used to catch bats for survey purposes will also be on show. LBG website

1:15  – 2:45 pm: Wildlife Through a Lens – wildlife photography basics  in 90 minutes

Wildlife photographer Penny Dixie offers her expert knowledge and guidance on how to capture the perfect wildlife images. This short drop-in workshop will offer amateur photographers with their own cameras an opportunity to improve their skills and get practical advice on how to get those great wildlife shots. Penny Dixie website

1:30  – 5:30 pm:  Nest Collective Live Music Tent

For 10 years the Nest Collective has been London’s go-to place for experiencing folk, world and new music, creating a community that seeks unique musical experiences in unusual spaces. Over two days of this special weekend, the NC will produce a beautiful meeting of wildlife and the arts by hosting the Wild Weekend live music stage at the festival. The event also marks the launch of Campfire Club at Woodberry Wetlands which sees Nest Collective team up with London Wildlife Trust for an intimate series of un-amplified, outdoor music performances this summer on every third Friday of the month. Website

2:30  – 4:30 pm: Gawking at the Hawks – birds of prey display

Find out how owls fly silently, learn to spot a peregrine flying over a cityscape and get a chance to see some beautiful birds of prey up close. There will be quizzes for you to test your knowledge, colouring-in pages and experts on hand to answer your questions. Presented by Hawk on the Wild Side, a friendly family business with a passion for birds of prey, falconry and the environment. Hawk on the Wild Side website

3:00  – 4:30 pm: Plant & Tree Identification – guided walk

Don’t know a blackthorn from a birch, an elm from an elder? Then this introductory ID walk is for you.  Over the course of 90 minutes, you will explore a variety of habitats, including woodland, reed bed, wildflower meadow, hedgerow, grassland and orchard, across the nature reserve’s 11 hectares and learn to identify our common tree and plant species. Walks led by Medical Herbalists, Researchers and Authors Kim Walker  BSc (Hons), MSc & Vicky Chown BSc (Hons) website

 

SUNDAY 30TH APRIL

9:30  – 10:30 am:  Birds of Woodberry Wetlands – guided walk

Spring is a birdlife spectacular at the East Reservoir that you won’t want to miss. This guided walk led by London Wildlife Trust’s own birding expert,  Nathan Legall, will introduce you to some of the common species visiting us at this time of year. The walk will circumnavigate the reservoir at a comfortable pace and allow plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

9:30  – 10:30 am:  Birdsong identification workshop

Some birdsong is memorable and people have little difficulty recognising the birds. However, there are some species, including common ones that people struggle with even after many years. Conservation Ecologist Tony Wileman leads this fascinating workshop aimed at tackling this dilemma and helping to develop birdsong identification and memory skills.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Amazing amphibians & aquatic Life

There are healthy populations of smooth newt, common frog and common toad across the Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve as it is an excellent breeding and foraging habitat for amphibians. Our outdoor education sessions will focus on these amazing animals and will feature hands-on pond dipping experiences identifying the array of aquatic life residing in our ponds.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Give Birds a Helping Hand with Hackney Swifts

Swifts are emblematic to our reservoirs but are at risk as they lose their nesting places to urban development. Their breeding numbers have fallen by 47 per cent between 1995-2014, making them an amber-listed species on the list of Birds of Conservation Concern. Hackney Swift volunteers will be at the Roundhouse throughout the weekend to deliver presentations about the conservation of these birds and show how you can assist. Includes a poster printing workshop to help illustrate beauty of these birds. Hackney Swifts Twitter

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Optics Tutorial – learning to use binoculars & telescopes

This beginners session will teach you binocular and telescope basics and help you choose the equipment that is right for you. Experts will be on hand with suggestions about how to observe wildlife and get the best out of your equipment.

 11:00 am – 3:30 pm:  Conservation in the Capital – talks and debates

From Cockney sparrows and graceful grebes to the bird-seed industry and the design of new buildings, there is a lot of happening to the capital’s birds. Curated by London Wildlife Trust’s Director of Conservation, Mathew Frith, the festival’s Speakers Tent will feature presentations from leading experts on some of the marvels of London’s avifauna, from swifts to peregrine falcons, and actions that are taking place to conserve their habitats. In addition, interactive panel discussions on some hot topics, such as the impacts of development and issues surrounding controversial birds such as parakeets, will enable the audience to ask questions, gain insights and learn how to further help London’s birds.

11:30 am– 1:00 pm: The Blooms & the Bees – beekeeping demonstration

Find out more about bees and beekeeping through an informative demonstration by the Local Honeyman at Woodberry Wetlands’ apiary. This exhibition will allow onlookers to witness beekeeping skills in action, ask questions and find out more about planting for bees. Local Honeyman website

12:30  – 3:30 pm: Bird Sculpture Workshop – Learning to weave with willows

Willow has been used through the ages as a weaving material for containers and construction and is also a fantastic, sustainable material to use in sculpture. Join willow artist and educator in learning the basics of preparing this versatile material whilst taking in an expert sculpture demonstration. Advice will also be on hand for those wishing to pursue further interest in this age old craft.

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Discover Wild Foods & Medicines – guided walk

The practice of gathering food from the wild is possible even in cities. Within London’s densely populated urban environment you will find an abundance of edible and medicinal wild fruits, vegetables, plants and fungi and at Woodberry Wetlands alone there are more than 70 species. This walk will give you a taste of the basic guidelines you will need to follow in locating, collecting and preparing wild foods and medicines. Walks led by Medical Herbalists, Researchers and Authors Kim Walker  BSc (Hons), MSc & Vicky Chown BSc (Hons)  website

1:30  – 5:30 pm:  Nest Collective Live Music Tent

For 10 years the Nest Collective has been London’s go-to place for experiencing folk, world and new music, creating a community that seeks unique musical experiences in unusual spaces. Over two days of this special weekend, the NC will produce a beautiful meeting of wildlife and the arts by hosting the Wild Weekend live music stage at the festival. The event also marks the launch of Campfire Club at Woodberry Wetlands which sees Nest Collective team up with London Wildlife Trust for an intimate series of un-amplified, outdoor music performances this summer on every third Friday of the month. Website