Press Release – 13 June 2023

Photo credit Barry Curwen

The first Sidmouth Biodiversity Festival took place at the beginning of June. Participants enjoyed a varied week of events, in the sunshine, including guided wildlife walks, opportunities to learn about the river Sid, and expert speakers at Kennaway House.

There were some wonderful moments on the Saturday despite the rain; a beautiful outdoor performance of nature-themed songs by the Sid Vale Folk Choir, magical storytelling performances, fascinating bug hunts in the Byes and children’s art workshops in the sensory garden. There were plenty of hands-on biodiversity-themed science activities from the Exeter Science Centre, including a mind-boggling virtual reality experience.

Sheila Meades from the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group said:

“What a great week we had with a wide range of events taking place in Sidmouth and the Sid Valley. It was wonderful to see people enjoying themselves whilst learning more about the variety of local wildlife and the importance of protecting and enhancing habitats and increasing biodiversity. Many of our event leaders were local voluntary experts and we are grateful to them for generously sharing their knowledge.”

We would like to thank all the people who made the festival possible including event leaders, speakers, volunteers and funders, the Sid Vale Association Keith Owen Fund and Sidmouth Town Council.

We welcome feedback on the festival to help us with future event planning. If you took part in the festival, please follow the link below to a brief survey, it should only take a few minutes to complete. Your response is anonymous and we will not be able to identify you from the results. Thanks.

Complete the festival feedback survey

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