Festival of Nature is back in Bristol
The UK's largest celebration of the natural world has a programme of high-profile speakers, film screenings and thought-provoking debates planned.
A series of talks will be taking place throughout the festival including celebrity scientist James Wong, presenter of the TV series Grow Your Own Drugs and Stephen Moss, a producer with the BBC Natural History Unit.
Stephen Lyle, wildlife film director for the BBC Natural History Unit, will also be revealing his most thrilling wildlife encounters.
Before the festival officially kicks off, members of the public can also celebrate World Environment Day by watching exclusive screenings of two films showcasing Nature's Great Events tonight.
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The Great Tide and The Great Salmon Run will be shown free on the Big Screen in Bristol's Millennium Square between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
The festival will also be hosting the first public debate for Living with Environmental Change, a 10-year UK research programme which aims to find out how to improve our lives in the face of climate change.
The debate will give members of the public the opportunity to challenge leading environmentalists in an Any- Questions-style event.
With 2009 also being the bicentenary celebrations of Charles Darwin, the festival will be one of the few locations to feature the British Council's international Darwin Now exhibition, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the ideas of evolutionary theory and the impact that they continue to have today.
Visitors will also be able to find out more about the new national Muckin4Life campaign which aims to get six to 11-year-olds and their families more involved in conservation and volunteering opportunities to get them fit and active, and teach them about their environment and nature.
Savita Custead, director of the British Natural History Consortium said: "We're really excited about this year's Festival of Nature. As well as a number of thought-provoking talks, there will also be many varied and exciting hands-on activities with opportunities to come face-to-face with lively creatures from our region and farther away.
"With more people than ever getting involved and with such a diverse range of exhibitors, we're confident this year's festival will be the best ever."