This theatre will play host to fantastic sessions such as attracting more wildlife to your garden and how to make the most of the British countryside. These highly interesting sessions will be hosted by Philippa Forrester of the BBC's Halcyon Diaries and Zoo Watch, the WWT London Wetland Centre and the Bat Conservation Society.
11.30 and 2.30 Philippa Forrester
In Britain you’re never far from a river… perhaps you don’t give your nearest river a second glance, but presenter and wildlife producer Philippa Forrester thinks you should. Following the huge success of the BBC1 series Halcyon River Dairies, Philippa will be exploring the stunning, mysterious and sometimes hilarious world that passes us by. From the ever increasing numbers of otters, the beautiful kingfishers and the not so clever mink, there’s another world out there just waiting to be discovered
12.30 Create your own urban oasis - London Wetland Centre
"A garden without wildlife is like a kiss without a squeeze," said Alan Titchmarsh on opening the sustainable garden at WWT London Wetland Centre. Find out how you can create your own urban oasis where you can relax with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while watching the wildlife that takes up residence. Create your very own episodes of 'Springwatch' in your back garden!
1.30 Gardening for Bats: Improving your Nightlife!
Join staff from the Bat Conservation Trust to find out about bats and how to create a garden that comes to life at night! This talk will cover what bats you might see and how to identify them, how bats use gardens and how you can help bats and other wildlife into your own garden. We’ll cover the principles of gardening for bats from borders to bat boxes, and give you practical tips and ideas on how to attract these magical night time visitors. This is a unique opportunity to find out about these fascinating but misunderstood mammals.
3.30 A country walk in London - London Wetland Centre
You don't have to leave the Capital to enjoy a walk in the country. Peregrines, parakeets, open grassland, wildflower meadows, woods, butterflies and bats can all be found in London if you know where to look. There's a wealth of wildlife - and quiet nooks and crannies where you can escape the stresses of urban life - just a short stroll from the tube.
The WWT London Wetland Centre
WWT London Wetland Centre has been voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve by the public; come and visit to discover why. Close to the heart of the capital, it is a haven for birds, wildlife and people. Take a relaxing stroll along the paths that meander among the lakes, streams, gardens and meadows. There are six wildlife hides, plus our heated Observatory, where you can watch wildlife close up with the London skyline as a backdrop. Join a guided tour, watch the otters being fed and then enjoy a meal of your own in the Water’s Edge Cafe. Just 10 minutes from Hammersmith.
The Bat Conservation Trust
The Bat Conservation Trust supports over 100 local bat groups and 5000 members and works with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects. To achieve their vision of a world where bats and people thrive together in harmony, their work focuses on discovering more about bats and their landscape and and inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation.
Philippa Forrester has presented some of the landmark series of the past two decades. Her career has spanned Children’s CBBC, Tomorrow’s World and Robot Wars, interspersed with high rating shows including Heaven and Earth, Crufts, Barking Mad, Making Animal Babies and the emotional ups and downs of Zoo Watch.
Philippa’s success in front of the camera is equalled to her acclaim in her role as a producer. After receiving a First Class Honours degree in Ecology and Conservation (her second degree), Philippa turned her attention to producing wildlife documentaries and her first film, alongside husband and cameraman Charlie Hamilton James, My Halcyon River (BBC2), won numerous awards and remains one of the most requested repeats received by the Radio Times.
As co-founders of Halcyon Media, Philippa and Charlie have produced Halcyon River Dairies (3 parts and a Xmas special BBC1), The Wild Wood (BBC2), Emmy nominated Victoria Falls (BBC2), Heligan; Secrets of the Lost Gardens (BBC2), On the Trail of Tarka (BBC2) and Animal Planet’s Saving Grace. Philippa Executive produced Wye, Voices of the Valley (BBC2) and An Otter in the Family, which has had numerous repeats on BBC2.
In 2008 Philippa presented ‘World on the Move’ (BBC Radio 4) a weekly ‘live’ radio programme on behalf of the Natural History unit. It followed the world migrations of Monarch and Painted Lady Butterflies, Grey and Humpback Whales, Ospreys, Top Geese, Grave yard Bats, Eels and Jellyfish, amongst others.
Philippa regularly contributes articles for magazines and newspapers including Sainsbury’s magazine, The Express and travel articles for the Mail on Sunday.
Her books include the autobiographical The River, Halcyon River Diaries published by Preface, containing additional information, recipes and behind the scenes images and children’s book Get Out! And explore your local river.
Philippa’s experience is much sought after; she has been Vice President of St Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital, which cares for British wildlife and is the largest wildlife teaching hospital in Europe. She is Patron of the Seahorse Trust, with Nick Baker and Vice President of the Avon Wildlife Trust, with Simon King. She also works with UK conservation charities, including the RSPB, WWT, the International Otter Survival Fund and the Woodland Trust.