The 2023 Sidmouth Biodiversity Festival’s programme of events aims to provide something for everyone. There are talks and events for children, adults and families across various Sid Valley venues.

Most events are free, just two carry a small fee. The opportunity to donate to SVBG will be available at all events.

The full list of events is below.

Details of each event can be found by clicking on the event link. Please note that some events have limited numbers and need booking. A link to the booking details can be found on individual pages.

DateTimeEventLeaderLocation
Monday 5 June14:00-15:00Wildflower walkEd DolphinJacobs ladder 
Tuesday 6 June10:00-10:45Talk-Understanding your riverEd Eley Wild Trout TrustKennaway House
Tuesday 6 June11:00-12:00Talk-nature journallingAlex BoonKennaway House
Tuesday 6 June13:00-14:00Walk and talk by river SidEd Eley Wild Trout TrustSchool weir 
Tuesday 6 June15:00-16:30Café scientifique, impact of light pollution on nocturnal speciesDr Sam Morrell (Exeter Uni)Kennaway House
Tuesday 6 June17:00-18:00Sampling Life In the RiverEd Eley Wild Trout TrustSchool Weir near
the Toll House entrance to the
Byes.
Tuesday 6 June18:30-19:30Exploring the beach gardenJohn TwibellBeach garden
Wednesday 7 June06:30-09:30Really useful bird surveysMaz HartwellSalcombe Regis
Wednesday 7 June9:30-12:00
Wildlife wander in Lincombe ValleyKevin Walker
and Malcolm Seymour
Lincombe Valley
Wednesday 7 June12:30-13:30Book talk – where the wild flowers growLeif BerswedenKennaway House
Wednesday 7 June14:30-15:30Botany walkLeif BerswedenDelderfield nature reserve
Thursday 8 June10:00-12:00Botany walkEcology & Conservation teamDonkey Sanctuary
Thursday 8 June10:30-12:00Nature ambleMick StreetMuttersmoor
Thursday 8 June14:00-16:00 & 18:00-19:30Guided tours of Farthing Wood gardenJean & John TwibellSidmouth
Friday 9 June10:00-11:00Talk – Accessible wildlife photographyBarry CurwenKennaway House
Friday 9 June11:30-12:30Water Company InsightsCarolyn Cadman South West WaterKennaway House
Friday 9 June10:30-12:30Arboretum tree walkJon BallBlackmoor Gardens to the Byes
Friday 9 June21:15-11:00Bat walkSarah ButcherSalcombe Regis
Friday 9 June17:00-18:00Children’s nature huntEd DolphinAlma field
Saturday 10 June09.30-11.00Biodiversity of the byes through the eyes of history Kati FitzhenryMeet at the Toll
gate at the entrance
to the Byes on Salcombe Road
Saturday 10 June11.00-11.30Sid Vale Choir, a performance of nature themed songsTess BissonCommunity Orchard, the Byes
Saturday 10 June10.00-11.00Amphibians and Birds in the ByesChris PatchThis event will be
held in the community orchard in the Byes.
Meet by the willow dome entrance
Saturday 10 June11.00-16.00We are Guardians – virtual reality showExeter Science CentreKennaway House (upstairs)
Saturday 10 June08:00-09:30Tune in! Easy accessible walk for bird novicesMaz HartwellThe Knapp
Saturday 10 June10:00-16:00Operation Earth- family show and biodiversity activities – Saturday June 10thExeter Science CentreKennaway House (Cellar Bar)
Saturday 10 June10:00-12:30Nature Journalling WorkshopAlex BoonLeigh Browne Room
Saturday 10 June11:30-12:30Performance of local nature based storytellingClare Viner & Janet DowlingCommunity orchard in the Byes
Saturday 10 June11:30-14:00Community art workshop art and mark makingCommunity Coastal HubRiverside walk, the Ham
Saturday 10 June13:30-16:30Storymaking workshop (adults)Clare Viner & Janet DowlingSidmouth Guide
HQ Lawn Vista, Sidmouth
EX10 9BB
Saturday 10 June14:00-15:30Bug safariMick StreetCommunity orchard, the Byes
Saturday 10 June15:00-17:30Community art workshop art and mark makingCommunity Coastal HubRiverside walk, the Ham
Sunday 11 June10:30-12:30Family event, wildlife bingo sheet and guided walkEcology & Conservation teamDonkey Sanctuary 
Sunday 11 June14:00-16:00Ham/Beach clean/litter pickSidmouth Plastic WarriorsThe Ham
Sunday 11 June14:00-16:00Nature walkEd DolphinThe Knapp

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