Follow the buzz to Heaton Park
An amazing 7,000 people poured into the first ever Manchester Festival of Nature (MFoN) on Saturday 29 June 2019, and we want this year's festival to be even bigger and better.
MFoN 2020 will take place on Sunday 28 June at Heaton Park in Manchester.
We're still planning lots of exciting activities, stalls and features to make your day go with a BUZZ, so in the meantime, why not take a look at what we got up to last year, including our Bee Parade that saw 500 visitors dress up as bees in an attempt to beat a World Record!
If you're a business or organisation, why not read more about how you can sponsor Manchester Festival of Nature and show your support for local communities and wildlife?
The people of Manchester are so lucky to have such wonderful wildlife on their doorsteps, and we can't wait to help them experience it.
Who will be joining us?
Cheshire Wildlife Trust | RSPB | National Trust | City of Trees | The Conservation Volunteers | Royal Horticultural Society | Canal & River Trust | Let's Ride North West | Action for Conservation | Sustrans | Chester Zoo | Manchester Museum | Manchester Metropolitan University | Manchester City Council and its Heaton Park team
We'll also be joined by a range of fantastic community and volunteering groups ready to showcase their amazing work in your region.
Things to do
From bushcraft to wildflower planting, this is just a taste of what we got up to at MFoN 2019 to enchant the young, the old, the young at heart and everyone in between. Our 2020 activities will include:
- More than 20 stalls, each with a wild activity for families.
- Art works, music, and motivational speeches by young people about the amazing wildlife in and around Manchester, and how we can protect it.
- A huge Heaton Park BioBlitz where we'll record as much wildlife as possible with the help of the North West's top wildlife experts.
- And much more! Stayed tuned for updates.
Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children.
They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – until one day, they were gone.
But there is an old kind of magic for finding what is missing, and for summoning what has vanished.
If the right spells are spoken, the lost words might return.
More about 'The Lost Words'
When words like ‘dandelion’, ‘otter’, ‘bramble’ and ‘acorn’ were removed from the children’s dictionary, two extraordinary people knew they had to do something to re-wild the language of children.
Robert Macfarlane (author of the extraordinary bestseller, ‘Landmarks’) and acclaimed artist Jackie Morris (who lives and breathes the natural world like almost no other), published ‘The Lost Words’ in October 2017. It is a collection of spell-poems and magical illustrations lovingly crafted to re-wild the language of children and enrich the landscape of wild imagination and wild play that is fading from many children’s’ minds.
Now, ‘The Lost Words’ has been transformed into an unforgettable live performance that will bring the magic of the book to life. Don’t miss this celebration of the creatures and plants with which we share our lives, in all their wonderful, characterful glory, and join the call to arms to halt the loss of the natural world all around us.
Want to experience life on the moors? Pay a visit to the Bogtastic van and learn more about these fascinating places, many of which are just a stone’s throw from Manchester city centre!
More about the Bogtastic van
Pioneered by the Moors for the Future Partnership, the Bogtastic van aims to inspire people about the moors and how they can help to look after these precious wild places. The van travels across the Peak District National Park and the South Pennines to spread the word about the importance of healthy moorlands, offering an opportunity to experience the unique sights, sounds and textures of the moors.
The Bogtastic van is part of a project called MoorLIFE 2020 which is funded by the EU LIFE programme, United Utilities, Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and the Peak District National Park Authority.
This will be a huge opportunity to showcase just how important wildlife is in the city.
Our World Record attempt is back for 2020!
Do you get a buzz from bee-ing a record breaker? Do you want to take part in creating a new world record while raising awareness of the importance of pollinators? Have you got a bee costume handy, or can you use your craft skills to make one?
More about our world record attempt
We want to encourage people to find out more about bees and how we can help them. Bees and other pollinators have suffered catastrophic declines in the past few decades and we really need to ensure this ends with our generation.
Pollinators are responsible for around a third of everything we eat so they are vital to humanity. Now is the time to pay them back for the essential work they do.
At home you can help by creating 'nectar cafes' full of lovely nectar-rich plants for our favourite insects. You can also help by volunteering to create wildflower meadows across the region. There will be lots of opportunities to find out more about these activities at MFoN.
If we can create a new world record with thousands of people dressing as bees or in the colours of bumblebees, it will warn the world that we are close to an environmental disaster if these important insects continue to decline.
So get dressed up, catch the buzz (or tram) to MFoN and join the swarm in Heaton Park on Sunday 28 June 2020.
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