Nature talk and tea

Afternoon tea at Lodge Park

In 2019 Lodge Park will be continuing the series of nature talks as including afternoon tea, with a variety of specialists, started last year. A chance to hear from some well-known experts, chat to them over food and drink and ask some questions.

The nature talk and tea series

In 2018 we begain this series of events with talks from speakers such as Adam Henson, Dr George McGavin and Dr Pat Morris, followed by afternoon tea. 

In 2019 we'll be continuing these events with more specialist speakers, as well as having events on different days and at different times. 

Citizen Science, engaging people with nature - Tuesday 26 March, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Working with the public togather data for scientific research is known as 'Citizen Science.' In this talk, Adam describes the history of citizen science and uses examples from work done at the University of Gloucestershire to explore the pros and cons both for research and engaging people with nature. 

Adam Hart is Professor of Science Communication, and a biologist, broadcaster and author. A frequent presenter on BBC Radio 4, Adam has helped to run a number of high profile citizen science campaigns across the UK.

After the talk afternoon tea will be served, including a selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones. Adam will be on hand during the tea to answer questions. 

All change! with Brett Westwood - Thursday 11 April, 10.30am - 1.30pm

Wildlife is changing rapidly in our counrtyside, and even in our homes and gardens. Brett Westwood gives a guide to the new arrivals. 

Brett Westwood has loved wildlife since he was a child, and has built this passion into a career. Brett is wildlife consultant to BBC Two's Springwatch, and a regular presenter of programmes on BBC Radio 4 including Natural Histories and The Living World. He is a writer and an active naturalist based in Worcestershire and never happier than when out in the field. 

After the talk a light lunch will be served, accompanied by tea and coffee. During the lunch Brett will be able to answer your burning wildlife questions. 

Pollinators, with Brigit Strawbridge - Wednesday 22 May, 10.30am - 1.30pm

Discover the fascinating and often hidden world of bees. Brigit will explain the differences between honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees - and talk about their relationships with flowering plants. She will also speak about the problems they all face and what you can do to help. 

Brigit is an amateur naturalist, wildlife gardener and bee enthusiast who writes, speaks and campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of our native wild bees and the reasons for their decline. 

The talk will be followed a light lunch and question and answers.

Badgers and TB, a long-term study, with Prof. Richard Delahay, Thursday 20 June, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Discver insights into badger population dynamics, social behaviour, foraging habits and TB infection in this talk. It will focus on a long-term study of a wild badger population in Gloucestershire. By routninely catching, marking, examining and releasing animals in the study area for more than 30 years along with tracking technology, building up an incredibly detailed picture of their lives. 

Prof. Delahay is a wildlife biologist working for the National Wildlife Management Centre, and oversees the field studies on bovine TB dynamics. He also provides advice to UK Government departments, and authors over 150 scientific papers. 

Avian Antics, with Miranda Krestovnikoff - Wednesday 10 July, 6.30 - 9.30pm

President of RSPB Miranda shares her passion for her feathered friends - unusual tips for encouraging birds into your garden and amusing anecdotes from years of filming birds. Miranda shares the trials and tribulations of being dive bombed by gannets and getting access to a prison to film some of our rarest species.

A busy TV and radio presenter, Miranda is the resident wildlife expert on BBC One's The One Show

The talk will be followed by a light meal.

Where to find us

Lodge Park, Aldsworth, near Cheltenham, GL54 3PP

Upcoming events

Spring activities

Fri 22 Mar 2019
There'll be scavenger hunts, planting pots and other activities at Lodge Park this Spring.

Citizen Science, talk with Prof. Adam Hart

Tue 26 Mar 2019
Are you interested in helping gather data for scientific research? Or would you like to know more about how it can help? This talk looks into it, followed by afternoon tea.

Sherborne Park Ranger Walks

Fri 29 Mar 2019
Our rangers will take you off the normal footpaths to see some of Sherborne Park's wildlife.

Nature talk with Brett Westwood

Thu 11 Apr 2019
Brett Westwood will talk about the changing wildlife of the UK, and new species that are emerging, followed by afternoon tea.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Lodge Park

Fri 19 Apr 2019
This year come and join the Easter fun and do the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Lodge Park

Pollinators: the importance of diversity, with Brigit Strawbridge

Wed 22 May 2019
Discover the fascinating and hidden world of bees.