Winter Festival at NWT

CLEY CALLING: COMMUNITY

Winter Festival at NWT Cley Marshes

Come one, come all: Norfolk Wildlife Trust celebrates diversity in community at Cley Marshes’ winter festival.  

Cley Calling: Community is Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s annual winter celebration of walks, talks, workshops, art and performance, all inspired by the natural world. The festival will be taking place from Thursday 9th – Sunday 12thDecember at NWT Cley and Salthouse Marshes.

This year, NWT are focusing on the diversity of our landscapes, our wildlife and our communities. Each event focuses on uplifting and spotlighting the experiences of people who have formerly been excluded from conservation; drawing on artists and experts to see how we can all become more inclusive.

Talks will take place online and in person; NWT Wildlife Ambassador Nick Acheson will kick these off at the Centre on Thursday 9th December with David Lindo, aka ‘The Urban Birder’, as David shares top tips for birding in towns and cities. Online, NWT will be hosting a digital panel entitled ‘Access for all: How can we make nature conservation more inclusive?’, featuring the likes of Alex Bond, Stuart Buchart and Anita Sethi.

Throughout the festival, art lovers can visit ‘Living Landscapes’, an exhibition by youth-led heritage group NNF Common Ground. This exhibition explores young people’s responses to the array of landscapes present across Norfolk. Four-piece ensemble The Norfolk Broads will also return for another year of witty and wonderful musical accompaniment to Cley’s landscape on Saturday 11th December.

For creative types, artist Ellen Harling will combine foraging, monoprinting and collage to create pieces inspired by Cley’s flora, fauna and landscape in her workshop on Friday 10th December, whilst artist Alice Lee is running an all-ages-welcome Bird mobile workshop on Sunday 12th December.

There are, of course, plenty of opportunities explore the reserve too. Amongst beach cleans, circuits and introductions to birding, ranger Ajay Tegala will be leading a guided walk of the reserve on Thursday 9th December, followed by a talk exploring his career pathway. This is a perfect opportunity to quiz him about his budding career as a BBC Springwatch presenter.

Author James Mcdermott will also be leading a fascinating writing workshop on the queerness of nature on Saturday 11th December, exploring the fluidity and diversity of nature and how we can alter our interpretations of our world.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.cleycalling.com

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

The first and oldest of the Wildlife Trusts, established in 1926 with the acquisition of Cley Marshes on the North Norfolk coast.

Weare working for a sustainable Living Landscape for wildlife and people, where the future of wildlife is protected and enhanced through sympathetic management and where people are connected with, inspired by, value and care for Norfolk’s wildlife and wild spaces.

We are supported by more than 35,000 members and 1,200 active volunteers. We own and manage more than 60 nature reserves and are working on a landscape-scale to rebuild fragmented ecological networks in eight project areas.

Join us online www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk and @NorfolkWT.