Friday, 19 December 2014

Norfolk Festival of Nature 2015

Taking place at Gresham's School in February 2015
I'm getting tickets for several of these events.

Details of the events and booking information here.

Some really fascinating sessions, particularly:

The Spirit of Place
Patrick Barkham and Matthew Oates



The concept of Spirit of Place offers a new paradigm for our relationship with special places, and for nature conservation.  In essence, it involves a formal process for determining what is unique, distinctive and cherished about a place, from which short Spirit of Place statements can be derived.  This approach may help us to appreciate places more – and relate to them, and nature, more clearly. 

Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a Natural History writer for the Guardian where he has worked for the last 10 years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize. His most recent book, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as "a most read for all Britain's naturalists" and was shortlisted for the 2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize, the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing and the East Anglian Book Awards. His next book, Coastlines, will be published by Granta Books in April 2015, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust's campaign to save the British coast. He is about to embark on two new books, one about children and nature and another about the obscure islands of Britain.

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