#LoveNature Festival Programme 2019

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#LoveNature Festival 15 to 19 May

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#LoveNature Festival Welcome to the third #LoveNature festival which is kindly supported by Jersey Electricity.

The aim of the #LoveNature festival is to showcase the work of the National Trust for Jersey and to enable participants to experience ‘behind the scenes’ opportunities at our sites, properties and habitats in and around St Ouen’s Bay including the Wetland Centre, Le Noir Pré and St Ouen’s Pond. All Children’s educational activities are free except the inland and coastal foraging.

“Jersey Electricity has been a committed, long-term corporate partner and supporter of the National Trust for Jersey for many years and we are delighted to once again sponsor the #LoveNature Festival. The work the Trust does to preserve Jersey’s natural environment and educate others is invaluable. The #LoveNature Festival is a true celebration of everything the Trust stands for and which we all want to see protected. It is an opportunity for all ages to explore and appreciate the good things this Island offers naturally.” -Jersey Electricity


Wednesday 15 May

INLAND WILD FOOD FORAGE WITH KAZZ PADIDAR Come and get lost in the wilds of St. Ouen; take in fantastic scenery, encounter local wildlife and learn about the vast variety of wild edible and medicinal plants that our unique environment has to offer.

Time: 1pm Meeting Point: Car Park opposite Kempt Tower Parking: Car Park opposite Kempt Tower Duration: approx. 2.5 hours, please dress with an eye on the weather and bring along any food and drink you may need. Price: £15 adults - £5 for children. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

A ‘BEHIND THE SCENES’ WALK WITH A NATIONAL TRUST RANGER

MOONRISE KINGDOM – CINEMA AT FRANCES LE SUEUR CENTRE

Join Will Kirby, Ranger with the Trust’s Land’s Team, on a ‘behind the scenes’ walk around St Ouen’s Pond and its environs. Will, will introduce participants to places with strange sounding names such as ‘Bob’s’, ‘the Scrape’, ‘Eddie’s Hide’, ‘the Bath field’ and ‘the north and south canals’ to name but a few.

Come along to the Frances Le Sueur Centre and enjoy a glass of wine and a movie. This year’s film offering is Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ about two children, pen pals, who run away and seek refuge in nature. It features a cast including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

Time: 10am Meeting Point: The Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park next to Sands Duration: 2 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

Time: 7pm Meeting Point: Frances Le Sueur Centre Parking: Frances Le Sueur Centre Duration: 2 hours Price: £10, to book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


Thursday 16 May

A ‘BEHIND THE SCENES’ WALK WITH A NATIONAL TRUST RANGER

Join Jon Parkes, Lands Manager on a ‘behind the scenes’ walk around St Ouen’s Pond and its environs. Jon will introduce participants to places with strange sounding names such as ‘Bob’s’, ‘the Scrape’, ‘Eddie’s Hide’, ‘the Bath and Rock fields’ and ‘the north and south canals’ to name but a few. Time: 10am Meeting Point: Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park next to Sands Duration: 2 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

ART ATTACK AT MONT GRANTEZ

Come along to the beautiful headland overlooking St Ouen’s Bay, Mont Grantez (site of the annual sunset concerts) after school to create beautiful organic works of art with materials found around the site. Guided by our artistic Senior Ranger Neil Harvey and Education Officer Jo Stansfield. Time: 3.30pm Meeting Point: Mont Grantez Headland Parking: Small Car park near the headland Duration: 1 hour Price: Free. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


‘WITH NATURE IN MIND THE BIRTH OF LA MIELLE DE MORVILLE’ WITH MIKE STENTIFORD MBE.

The transformation in the 1980s of this part of St Ouen’s Bay has become a major part of the Island’s environmental history. From a recycled events centre to specially created and hidden corners for wildlife. Hear the story from a volunteer who was part of it. Time: 3.30pm Meeting Point: Frances Le Sueur Centre Parking: Frances Le Sueur Centre Duration: 1 hour Price: Free. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

BOTANY WALK WITH TINA HULL

Join local botanist Tina Hull for an early evening walk around the Les Quennevais Sports Centre area to see the botanical delights that can grow in the urban environment. Then with just a short walk we will enjoy the views from the top of Les Blanche Banques reminding us that the truly wild is never far away. Time: 6pm Meeting Point: St Bernadette’s Church Parking: Les Quennevais Sports Centre car park (please display a yellow disc) Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


y a d i r F 17 May

SKYLARK AND SAND MARTIN

Dust off those binoculars and join Neil and Alli (Birding Tours Jersey) for a meander around Les Blanches Banques and a stop in the GaP hide. Listen to the Skylark singing its distinctive song, and watch the Sand Martin diving in and out of their sandy burrows. There’s plenty to see and hear at this end of St Ouen’s Bay. Time: 9am Meeting Point: La Carriere Car Park Parking: La Carriere Car Park Duration: 1 hour Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

TOT’S TALES – ‘SHARING A SHELL’ AND ROCK POOL RAMBLE Come and join in with our popular story sessions for pre-school children. The children will listen to ‘Sharing a Shell’ by ‘Julia Donaldson’ followed by a rock pool ramble on the beach and beach activities. Time: 9am Meeting Point: L’Etacq Parking: Car park below Faulkner Fisheries Duration: 1 hour Price: Free. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


A ‘BEHIND THE SCENES’ WALK WITH A NATIONAL TRUST RANGER

Join Richard Rive, Ranger with the Trust’s Land’s Team, on a ‘behind the scenes’ walk around St Ouen’s Pond and its environs. Richard will introduce participants to places with strange sounding names such as ‘Bob’s’, ‘the Scrape’, ‘Eddie’s Hide’, ‘the Bath field’ and ‘the north and south canals’ to name but a few. Time: 2pm Meeting Point: Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park next to Sands Duration: 2 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

DAVE GOULSON TALK – ‘GARDENING TO SAVE THE PLANET’

Dave Goulson FRSE FRES is a British biologist, conservationist, and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. Professor Goulson specialises in the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and is an author of five books; including ‘A Sting in the Tale’, ‘Bee Quest’ and ‘A Buzz in the Meadow’. He will be giving a talk about insects, why they are important, their declines, and how we can help them by making our gardens more wildlife friendly. Time: 7pm Meeting Point: The Members’ Room – Royal Jersey Showground Parking: RJA&HS Car Park Duration: 1 hour Price: Free, refreshments provided. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Pollinator Project.


Saturday 18 May

THE GLORIOUS BIRDSONG AT DAWN

Experiencing the dawn chorus is truly unique and rewarding; well worth the early rise! Listen to nature’s symphony, one of the most magical moments in the natural world, as the dark of night eases into the breaking dawn around the arboretum and reservoir at Val de la Mare. Join Neil and Alli (Birding Tours Jersey) and you may even see bats going home to roost after a busy night feeding! Time: 4.30am Meeting Point: Upper car park Val de la Mare Reservoir Parking: Val de la Mare Car Park Duration: 1.5 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

‘BEHIND THE SCENES’ WALK WITH THE NATIONAL TRUST’S LANDS MANAGER

Join Jonny Parkes, Lands Manager for the National Trust, on a ‘behind the scenes’ walk around St Ouen’s Pond, the orchid fields and other areas in and around the Bay. Learn how these sites are managed by the Lands team and access areas not normally accessible to the public. There will be the opportunity to find out about scientific bird ringing during the walk. Time: 10am Meeting Point: The Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park next to Sands Duration: 2 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


COME DINE WITH BEE

Did you know that three quarters of all the different types of crops grown around the world benefit from animal pollination? Or that we have pollinators to thank for one in every three mouthfuls of food that we eat? Bring along a picnic and learn about the importance of insect pollinators, what you can do to help them, and how your picnic would be a very different offering without these wonderful creatures. Our education team will be in attendance running activities for children and answering your pollinatorrelated questions. Time: 11am - 1pm Meeting Point: Frances Le Sueur Centre Parking: Frances Le Sueur Centre Duration: 1.5 hours Price: Free. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

TERRIFIC TALONS!

Come along to the Wetland Centre for an upclose encounter with some local birds of prey. Jo and Gill from the Jersey Falconry Club will be in the classroom with some special guests for you to meet. Learn about how they live and hunt in the wild and ask any questions you have about our local raptors. Use binoculars to watch wild birds of prey from the viewing areas and enjoy crafts and activities in the centre. Visitors to the classroom will be limited to two groups of 15 children (accompanied by an adult.) Please book one ticket per child to secure your space. Time: 2pm Meeting Point: The Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park next to Sands Duration: 2 hours Price: Free. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


BEACH CLEAN BINGO AND MICRO PLASTIC HUNT

Micro plastics occur where large pieces of plastic break down over time into increasingly smaller pieces of plastic. Nurdles are small plastic pellets the size and shape of a lentil. These are the raw material that make the plastic products we use every day. Unfortunately these tiny pieces of plastic often go unnoticed due to their size so they do not tend to get picked up on regular beach cleans. Come along to the White House and learn about nurdles and micro-plastics, and we’ll carry out a finger-tip search and see what we can find. Time: 2pm Meeting Point: The White House – Le Don Hilton Parking: Car parks in the vicinity Duration: 2 hours Price: Free, no need to book.

‘HUGH THE BAT’ TALK WITH THE JERSEY BAT GROUP

Join the Jersey Bat Group at the Wetland Centre just before the sun sets in St Ouen’s Bay and learn all there is to know about bats in this part of the Island. Enjoy a demonstration of different types of bat detectors and try out the magenta detectors at the edge of the pond (which is not normally accessible to the public). Time: 8pm Meeting Point: The Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park next to Sands Duration: 2 hours Price: Free. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


Image: Puffin by Romano Da Costa

Sunday 19 May

WILD ABOUT WETLANDS

Dust off those binoculars and join Neil and Alli (Birding Tours Jersey) for a stroll around the The Trust’s premier wildlife reserve. Identify the birds by sight and sound, discover the wildflowers at your feet, watch butterflies flitting in the breeze and keep a keen eye out for a green lizard basking in a sheltered spot. Time: 9am Meeting Point: The Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park at Sands Duration: 1.5 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WITH ROMANO DA COSTA

Join renowned wildlife photographer Romano Da Costa at a ‘drop in’ workshop and learn all there is to know about how to photograph the wonderful wildlife you can see at St Ouen’s Pond. Time: 11am and 1pm Meeting Point: The Wetland Centre Parking: Car Park at Sands Duration: 2 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events


COASTAL WILD FOOD FORAGE WITH KAZZ PADIDAR

Come on a coastal forage with ‘wild man’ Kazz Padidar around St Ouen’s Bay. Take in fantastic scenery and learn about the vast variety of wild edible plants our unique environment has to offer. Time: 12.45pm Meeting Point: Car Park opposite Kempt Tower Parking: Car Park opposite Kempt Tower Duration: approx. 2.5 hours, please dress with an eye on the weather and bring along any food and drink you may need. Price: £15 adults - £5 for children. To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/ events

BUG SAFARI – ORCHID FIELDS

Come along to Le Noir Pré on Orchid field open day and join the National Trust’s Senior Ranger Neil Harvey on a Bug Safari. Get ‘behind the scenes’, search through the undergrowth and take a close up look into the tiny and fascinating world of the mini-beasts of St Ouen’s bay. We will have magnifying glasses, nets and identifying books on hand to help us unlock some of the mysteries of the insect world. Expect dragonflies, spiders, crickets and more on this family fun afternoon. Time: 2pm until 4pm Meeting Point: Le Noir Pré Gate Parking: Car Parks in the vicinity Duration: 2 hours Price: Free, no need to book.

BOTANY WALK WITH TINA HULL - ORCHIDS OF LE NOIR PRÉ

OPENING OF THE ORCHID FIELDS

Experience a riot of colour at Le Noir Pré, the Trust’s orchid meadows, which will be in full bloom. There are three species of orchids found growing in Le Noir Pré; the Southern Marsh Orchid, Jersey Orchid and the Spotted Orchid. Orchid counts take place every two years and since 1995 numbers have increased from 1,500 to over 90,000. As well as orchids there are 80 other flowering plants in the meadows and a wide diversity of insects, reptiles, mammals and birds. Time: 2pm until 4pm Meeting Point: Le Noir Pré Gate Parking: Car Parks in the vicinity Duration: 2 hours Price: Free, no need to book.

Have you ever been on the National Trust Orchid Field open afternoon and thought you’d like to linger a little longer and know a little more? Orchids are the fascinating super models of the flower world. Their life cycle and adaptations are fascinating. Join local botanist Tina Hull as she gives you a deeper insight in to these amazing plants. She’ll show you how to identify the different species and tell you the tricks they have evolved to ensure their pollination and propagation. You’ll also sight identify a number of other flowers, grasses, sedges and rushes growing in this very special meadow. Time: 3pm Meeting Point: Le Noir Pré Gate Parking: Car Parks in the vicinity Duration: 1.5 hours Price: Free for Members. £5 for Non-Members To book your tickets go to www.nationaltrust.je/events