Nature talk and tea
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 18 July
Bumblebees are in trouble. Dr. Cathy Horsley from the British Bumblebee Conservation Trust will be highlighting the plight of this stalwart of the British countryside. Vital pollinators of crops and wildflowers, bumblebees form small colonies and can visit flowers as far as 2km away.
After 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 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.
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