Special Wildfest event to celebrate local Wildlife in Cassiobury Park


Special Wildfest event to celebrate local Wildlife in Cassiobury Park

The Wildfest event is organized by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, is a family-friendly event that celebrates the region’s wildlife with the support of local conservation charities and organizations.

It will be held held on the grass area between The Hub and Gade Avenue car park in Cassiobury Park on Saturday, July 8, 2023.

What can I expect at Wildfest?

Members of the Pumpkin’s Wildlife Hospital Team. Right: Neal Cox with Fox

Wildfest will feature a variety of activities for people of all ages, including:

  • Guided butterfly and bird walks with Butterfly Conservation and bird walks with RSPB Watford
  • Animal Olympics discover the amazing talents of nature’s record breakers
  • Animal encounters, such as getting up close to bats, amphibians, and reptiles
  • Crafts: Make your own wildlife-inspired crafts.
  • Storytelling: Listen to wild stories from local storytellers.
  • Information about how to protect wildlife
  • River dipping with conservation experts
  • Learn about how to protect local wildlife

Wildfest is a great opportunity to learn about the amazing wildlife that calls Hertfordshire home and how you can help to protect it.

  • The event will run from 10am to 4pm.
  • There will be free parking available at the Gade Avenue Car Park.
  • The event is sponsored by Affinity Water.

Admission is free, so come along and join us for a day of fun and discovery!

Rachel Rogers, Engagement Coordinator at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust said:

“We’re delighted to bring Wildfest 2023 to Watford, following the success of the festival in St Albans last year. It’s a great opportunity for families to get outdoors and connect with nature, to enjoy the great variety of wildlife that we have locally and meet some of the amazing local groups that protect wildlife and wild places. We hope that everyone will enjoy taking part in the free activities running throughout the day and be inspired to do what they can to look after the natural world, which in turn will help us in the fight against climate change.

“Wildfest is also part of a nationwide celebration in July to mark The Wildlife Trust’s Nextdoor Nature project, which bring communities together across the UK to help nature flourish where people live and work.”

Dave Wills, Chair of HertsARG (Amphibian and Reptile Group) said:

“HertsARG are excited to be involved in another Wildfest. Our members will be on hand to showcase the amphibians and reptiles of Hertfordshire and to answer questions. We will also be keen to hear of sightings from members of the public!”

Rebecca Froud, Director of Customer Experience at Affinity Water said:

“Affinity Water are proud to sponsor Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Wildfest 2023, held in Cassiobury Park, Watford. We’re keen to celebrate the fantastic local organisations that work to protect wildlife and nature in the region. As a company we’re supporting our customers to reduce their water usage through our Save Our Streams campaign, which will help us to leave more water in the environment, including the regions rare chalk streams, protecting the wildlife that they support.”

Wildfest will be held on the grass area between The Hub and Gade Avenue car park in Cassiobury Park on 8 July, from 10am -4pm, with activities happening all over the park and picnics welcome.

video: Mandarin Ducks, chicks and Little Egret at Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve
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