Nature talk and tea
Throughout 2018 Lodge Park will be holding a series of nature talks as Wildlife Wednesdays 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 in 2018 we will be continuing to focus on nature and the wildlife of the Cotswolds.
Wednesday 28 February - Adam Henson
Our first speaker will be Adam Henson, farmer and presenter on BBC Countryfile. Adam will be talking about conservation and farming as well as his TV work.
After the talk a 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.
Adam started in television in 2001 when he was chosen, from 3,500 applicants, to be a presenter for BBC Countryfile, and has since put his farming knowledge to good use, broadcasting on a wide range of programmes for both radio and TV.
Adam's farming background
Born into a farming family, Adam gained experience with animals and farming from an early age. Adam achieved a HND in Agriculture at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon, where he met his business partner Duncan Andrews. Having succeeded Bemborough Farm tenancy from his father, Adam now runs the 650-hectare estate with Duncan, growing wheat, spring barley and oilseed rape, alongside a flock of 350 commercial ewes.
They also run the Cotswold Farm Park which pioneers rare breed conservation. Set up in 1971 by Adam’s father, this award-winning tourist attraction now welcomes over 120,000 visitors a year.
The 'nature talk and tea' series
Following on from this will be wildlife specialists including hedgehogs, bees, and raptors.
Wednesday 28 March - Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Wednesday 4 April - David Dewsbury, featured on BBC Two's Springwatch, David is a newt specialist
Wednesday 2 May - Andrew Bluett from the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group
June - to be confirmed
Wednesday 18 July - Dr Cathy Horsley, from the British Bumblebee Conservation Trust
September - to be confirmed
Wednesday 10 October - Dr Pat Morris, President of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
Wednesday 7 November - Professor Richard Delahay from the Animal and Plant Health Agency, leading the project to monitor the badgers at Woodchester Park.
Where to find us
Lodge Park, Aldsworth, near Cheltenham, GL54 3PP