Ed Drewitt, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

Date 17.08.16

Time 6.45 - 8.15pm

Location Garden (via Boat from Arnolfini)


Join us for a field trip exploring the wildlife of the Floating Harbour, with a special focus on the bird life including key species such as Peregrines and Kingfishers.


Local wildlife expert Ed Drewitt of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, will talk about how local birds migrate with the seasons, local resident populations, unusual aspects of bird behaviour, and conservation methods that are having a positive result on the Floating Harbour’s birds. We always see bird life when making a tour to the Ballast Seed Garden - this time Ed Drewitt will be able to explain why it’s there, and how it survives.

Meet at Arnolfini Box Office


Boat tours are £8/£6 concessions and depart from Arnolfini, unless otherwise stated. Please book by calling Arnolfini box office on 0117 917 2300 or visit All tours will be accompanied by a volunteer from the University of Bristol Botanic Garden who will be able to interpret the plants and provide information on the Ballast Seed Garden.

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A Seeds of Change: Floating Ballast Seed Garden brochure is available from Arnolfini.

Seeds of Change: A Floating Ballast Seed Garden:

Located on Bristol’s historic harbour, just below Castle Park, the The Ballast Seed Garden was created by Maria Thereza Alves in June 2012. Constructed from a disused grain barge, the garden is populated with a variety of non-native plants, creating a living history of the city’s trade and maritime past.


Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.