15 August 2018


Three sessions to choose from, between 10am–12.15pmpond dipping poster 2018

A hands-on opportunity to get a closer look at the exciting variety of animals that live in our ponds.

Note - an adult must accompany each family / friendship group.

Cost : £2 / child (no charge for adults)

Booking essential - ring Stroud Valleys Project 01453 753358



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8pm to 10pm


Free event of all over 55 with Royal Voluntary Service **First Time for Everything** and Stroud Valleys Project.  Volunteers are welcome but will need to register.  For those under 55, Stroud Valleys Project usual charges will apply - see below.

Join local bat expert, Nadine Smykatz-Kloss, for a bat detecting walk around a local park, when you can encounter Stroud’s many incredible types of bats. 

Enjoy a delicious hot chocolate and some great scenery.

Bring warm clothes and a torch, wear shoes you can walk in.

Cost: Free for 55s and over, those under 55 pay £5/adult & £2/child

SVP Friends under 55: £4/adult & £2/child

Booking and paying in advance is essential - ring us on 01453 753358






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Saturday 18 August

8pm - 10pm

Come along and enjoy a talk & walk about local bat species that we hope to hear and possibly see before dusk in around the Rackleaze Wetland site, a wildlife oasis managed by Stroud Valleys Project. We will be meeting at Cam Parish Council Office at 8pm where we will meet Ms Nadine Symkatz-Kloss, a locally based ecologist and bat expert.

Free event

However donations are really appreciated.

Booking in advance is essential - ring us on 01453 753358



Sunday  19 August



11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Dr Newton's Way,

Stroud (No Parking)



Stroud Festival of Nature 2018

Closing event

Meadow, canal, river,

otters, insects !




- Otter detectives Walk  -  Search for signs of otters along the banks of the river Frome : 12.30 and 2.00 pm (bring sturdy footwear )


- Mini beast safari and Pond dipping  -  Collect insects with sweep nets, butterfly survey

- Insect Art - with Stroud Nature  -  Colours, pattern, camouflage and habitat

- Scything ‘Station’  -  find out about scything and help mow the meadow (adults and larger people only ! )

- Meadow pathway  -  explore and plant survey


Paddle boarding on the canal : taster sessions

Boat mobility rides : wheely boat and katakanu

Come and visit this fascinating site below Waitrose. 

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Cross over Dr Newton’s Way at the pedestrian crossing.


Back to the Brink

Suitable for wheelchairs. Sorry, no dogs.

FREE EVENT ( just turn up )

Contact Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358 for more information



Sunday 19 August

10am - 4pm


Summer PruningLearn summer pruning in a mature plum orchard in Stroud. 

Participants will become knowledgeable and skilled pruners who understand the theory and are capable of the practices of pruning, including the selection and care of tools.                                        

Please bring your own secateurs if you have them.  If you don't, then let us know when you book and we can provide them for you.

Course leader Osh Gates has been pruning professionally in Stroud since founding O.G Organic Gardens in 2014.


Cost: £60 / Stroud Valleys Project Friends £40

Children are welcome, and are free but must be supervised.

Booking in advance is essential

Book with Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358



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Wednesday 22 August

10am - around 2pm


Spend the morning walking from playground to playground with fun activities along the way.

Unfortunately, this walk is not suitable for pushchairs.

Cost £2/child (Adults free)

Booking in advance is essential - ring us on 01453 753358



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Thursday 23 August

8pm - 9.30pm

Come along and enjoy an early evening stroll around Wild About Kingswood’s own Open & green Spaces with Stroud Valleys Project’s own bat expert, Ms Nadine Symkatz-Kloss, a locally based ecologist and former colleague of Stroud Valleys Project.

Free event

However donations are really appreciated.

Booking in advance is essential - ring us on 01453 753358



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Saturday 15 September

10am - 4pm

This workshop is aimed at both fledgling writers and those who want to break into the business. There will be opportunities for 1:1 sessions with Katie and with these excellent writers throughout.

There are only 10 spaces, so book early to avoid disappointment - ring us on 01453 753358

This event is now fully booked, we are sorry for any disappointment - email us if you would like to be added to our email list which will enable you to find out about next year's event : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

£110 per person, to include lunch, teas and coffees and wine.



Insect survey / Bio-blitzInsect Survey

Rackleaze Wetland, Cam

Saturday 15 September

10am - 1pm approx

Come along, enjoy and learn about what insects and mini-beasts live in and around the Rackleaze Wetland site with our wildlife experts Denise Gibbons and Barbara Wood.

The aim of the survey will be to continue collecting data / records of insects and wildlife found on the wetland site on that day. Barbara and Denise have been collecting data at the site for a number of years, building up a picture of the insect and wildlife species found.

Free event

However donations are really appreciated.

Booking in advance is essential - ring us on 01453 753358




Friday 5 October

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Did you know that the Goshawk, one of our most elusive large raptors after almost dying out last century as a breeding bird, is now thriving in parts of Gloucestershire?

Local expert Steve Watson will tell us all about them using photos and videos. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about this most fascinating but secretive bird.

Cost: £5/adult & £2/child

SVP Friends: £4/adult & £2/child

Booking and paying in advance is essential - ring us on 01453 753358



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Sunday 28 October


APPLE pressing workshops : bring some apples and have a go at making your own juice. Try a variety of apple-related family activities.

Drop off carved pumpkins at museum courtyard to be judged then join in with a twilight Pumpkin Lantern Trail.

Outdoor Autumn fun for all the family

FREE event

However donations are really appreciated.




Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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