Nature talk and tea

Afternoon tea at Lodge Park

Throughout 2018 Lodge Park will be holding a series of nature talks as including afternoon tea, with a variety of specialists. A chance to hear from some well-known experts, chat to them over afternoon tea and ask questions. 

The Sherborne Park Estate was home to BBC Springwatch 2017 and 2018, and we will be continuing to focus on nature and the wildlife of the Cotswolds. 


Wednesday 19 September 

No one loves creepy crawlies as much as the BBC’s ‘bug man’ – Dr. George McGavin. George is an author, lecturer, TV presenter and explorer. He’s even had several insect species named in his honour. This entertaining talk promises to uncover the weird and wonderful world of bugs.

fter the talk a delicious traditional afternoon tea including a selection of sandwiches, savoury pastries, cakes, and scones will be served by the fire on vintage china, accompanied by tea and coffee. 

The nature talk and tea series

Following on from this will be wildlife specialists including hedgehogs, bees, and raptors. 

Wednesday 10 October 

Join Dr. Pat Morris, President of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for a ‘hog’ filled afternoon. Small, round, brown and famously covered in spines, the hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild mammals. In the last 10 years hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% and there are now thought to be fewer than one million left in the UK. They are disappearing from our countryside as fast as tigers are worldwide.

Wednesday 7 November

Professor Richard Delahay from the Animal and Plant Agency who are leading the badger monitoring project at Woodchester Park. Although badgers are nocturnal and elusive, they remain one of the UK’s favourite mammals. They have an appetite to match too – eating several hundred earthworms every night. They inherit their setts from their parents so their tunnel system can be huge – sometimes even centuries old.

Where to find us

Lodge Park, Aldsworth, near Cheltenham, GL54 3PP

Upcoming events

Volunteer open morning

Sat 18 Aug 2018
Our small and friendly team is recruiting more volunteers.

Sherborne Park Ranger Walks

Fri 31 Aug 2018
Our rangers will take you off the normal footpaths to visit some of the sites made famous by BBC Springwatch.

Wedding open evening

Tue 18 Sep 2018
You can find out more about having your wedding at Lodge Park at our wedding open evening, have a chat to the team and meet some of our suppliers.

Nature talk and tea with George McGavin

Wed 19 Sep 2018
September's nature talk and tea features Dr George McGavin, entomologist and presenter. Speaking about his work with insects and his work in the media.

Boil a mouse in urine

Sun 23 Sep 2018
You can find out how boiling a mouse in urine would have helped you in the 17th century.

Nature talk and tea with Dr Pat Morris, British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Wed 10 Oct 2018
Want to learn more about nature and wildlife? As part of our nature talk and tea series you can learn more about hedgehogs and how to help them.