7 Sep 2022

We’re delighted to announce that popular children’s TV presenters Mwaka Mudenda and Chantelle Lindsay are set to headline our Wildlife Connections Festival later this month!

The free-to-enter Wildlife Connections Festival, now in its sixth year, will be held at our Nature Reserve across the weekend of 17 and 18 September.

This family-friendly two-day event will shine a light on the wonderful wildlife that can be found right here in the UK. Festivalgoers will learn how they can do their bit to protect native species, with 50% of the UK’s animals and plants in decline.

Anyone in attendance will be able to get up-close-and-personal with a wide range of wildlife through loads of hands-on activities, including bug hunting, bird spotting and pond dipping.

Blue Peter presenter, Mwaka Mudenda will deliver an interactive stage show on Saturday at 1:30pm followed by a meet and greet at 2pm.

On Sunday we’ll have Chantelle Lindsay, presenter of CBeebies’ Teeny Tiny Creatures and wildlife conservationist. Chantelle will be doing a stage show at 1:30pm and meet and greet at 2pm.

“Mwaka and Chantelle both share our huge passion for the wonderful wildlife found here in the UK, so this is the perfect opportunity to connect families with nature through our fun-filled weekend!”

Anya Moon, Conservation Education and Engagement team

Anya continued to say:

“The weekend will feature music, a special stage show and some fantastic activities that the whole family can get involved with. From pond-dipping to bug hunting, festivalgoers can get involved with a whole range of wildlife activities.

“While there’s a real emphasis on this being a free, fun-filled festival, we really hope it’ll highlight how the global biodiversity crisis is impacting the wildlife right here on our doorstep, with many species facing extinction. The good news is that we can all make a difference and by coming along to our festival, we’ll show people that there’s lots we can all do to help wildlife in the UK thrive and survive.”

We’re working on a 10 mile Nature Recovery Corridor to help local wildlife survive and thrive, so this festival will be a real celebration of the impact we can all make on nature.


Wildlife Connections Festival is in association with Darwin Escapes and is part of the zoo’s Nature Recovery Corridor, which is funded by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies, delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission. All helping to prevent the extinction of UK wildlife by creating new areas of high quality habitat in gardens, parklands and community spaces.