The Bristol Festival of Nature is the largest event of its kind in the UK with a multitude of organisations coming together in order to bring people of all ages a step closer to the natural world. The intrepid ARKive team were on hand for the whole event to introduce people to the weird, the wonderful and, erm, origami?!
The festival kicked off on Friday 17th June with schools day, where around 1,000 children travelled to Bristol centre to be entertained, engaged and inspired. Always ready for a challenge, the ARKive team introduced them to the wonderful world of Darwin’s fox and Barbour’s forest tree frog via the art of origami. With a series of nifty folds under the careful watch of our black belt origami instructors, some amazing critters were produced.
For the aspiring zoologists, there was then a chance to test their knowledge with our quiz. See how you would fare by guessing who the following bundles of fluff belong to: tiger, coyote, Bornean orang-utan, brown bear or red wolf? Click on the image to find the answer!
The main festival took place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June and, despite the initial torrential rain, around 150 organisations put on a range of exciting activities from hedgehog making with the Avon Wildlife Trust to meeting a few of Bristol Zoo’s 175th anniversary Wow! Gorillas! At the ARKive stand, we were happy to chat with existing fans and introduce the website to new people of all ages. We were even able to mingle with some of the local wildlife ourselves!
If you missed out on the fun, never fear, the award winning Festival of Nature will return to Bristol in June 2012. If you can’t wait that long, take a look at some of the other events run by the Bristol Natural History Consortium.
For more images of our trip to the Festival of Nature visit our Flickr account
Becky Moran, ARKive Media Researcher