Members of the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group gathered  for a photograph at the launch of the first Sidmouth Biodiversity Festival.

Press Release – 5 June 2023

The first Sidmouth Biodiversity Festival is underway following a launch today at Kennaway House in Sidmouth. The festival runs until Sunday 11 June with free events throughout the week including guided wildlife walks, talks and family activities.

Chris Lockyear, Chair of Sidmouth Town Council, welcomed the event to the town’s calendar and congratulated the organisers on a fascinating line up. He said:

“The festival is clearly designed to educate, enthuse and entertain with something for everyone. The importance of biodiversity becomes ever more apparent and I am delighted that Sidmouth can play its part in this national conversation. We already have a rich diversity of wildlife in the Sid Valley and we must ensure we protect that. But I hope the festival will act as a catalyst for all of us to play a role in increasing it still further.”

The festival has been funded by Sidmouth Town Council and the Sid Vale Association Keith Owen Fund (KOF). Alan Clarke, KOF Committee Chair, said:

“We wish the festival well and are pleased to support its establishment.”

Over thirty events are on offer across the week, all free of charge. Organised by the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group, full details and booking where required can be found on the group’s website

The festival aims to inspire and inform people about the rich diversity of wildlife present in the valley and the importance of taking steps to increase biodiversity. It was launched at Kennaway House where all the free talks and some children’s biodiversity activities will be held.

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