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Norfolk Festival of Nature

Don’t miss the third annual Norfolk Festival of Nature which runs from 12 to 18 June.


Having been moved from its original February slot, the Festival has also shifted in emphasis and now includes more of the science and politics of natural history, as well as the literature and art it set out to champion when it was started by Dr Al Cormack, a former Head of English. Under the chairmanship of Mark Cocker, the renowned author and columnist, the Steering Committee is extending the Gresham’s initiative to bring the Festival to a wider audience, continuing in October with a three-day presence at the new Norwich Science Festival, hosted by the Forum.

With its theme of Biodiversity and Farming, the Gresham’s festival this year has been organised by Dr Aldiss and covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from the very local (lectures by Luke Nash on Year 9’s year-long look at birds and the botanist Dr Sally Francis on her saffron business on the north Norfolk coast) to the international (a live interview from the Maasai Mara with Calvin Cottar and a lecture on biodiversity and palm oil biotechnology by Professor Denis Murphy, Biotechnology Advisor to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation).

Highlights will include Henrietta Robinson’s talk Artful Agriculture; a double-bill of story-telling and facts surrounding the charismatic puffin by professional story-teller Malcolm Green and Dr Euan Dunn MBE – Principal Marine Advisor to the RSPB; a thought-provoking installation by sculptress Jayne Ivimey; and the results of the wildlife photography competition, judged by world-renowned wildlife photographer David Tipling and our school photography teacher, Raven Cozens-Hardy.

Entries for the photographic competition will be judged in three age groups and three categories:

  • Bird
  • Landscapes
  • Local Wildlife

Your photos should be uploaded to the competition Google Dropbox using this link:  but please note, when asked to enter your name in the box, include your email address too so we can contact you if you win. Last date for submission: Monday 6 June.

Why not take some photos over half-term? Good luck!