BIAZA Education and Presenters Conference

13 – 16 November, 2018

Evening ice breaker: Tuesday 13 November

We’ll be out and about in Bristol for food and drinks. It’s going to be gert lush!

Workshops & presentations: Wednesday 14 - Fri 16 November (finish 1pm)

Theme: ‘Doing things differently’

We want to showcase and shout about everything creative, imaginative, innovative and ground breaking.

Evening meal: Wednesday 14 November

The theme for our evening event will be ‘Putting on the glitz’, so make sure you’re wearing a bit of sparkle. We’ll be in the Zoo grounds - in the Clifton Pavilion with its chandeliers high vaulted ceilings. We’ve got food, entertainment and music booked so you can dance your way to the midnight close.

Registration will be on Wednesday morning in the Conservation Education Centre in the Zoo. Please bring your work name badges with you. Don’t worry, we’ll have some spares on hand if you haven’t got one.

The conference will finish at 1pm on Friday 16 November. We’ll provide a light lunch for you and then you’ll be able to enjoy the Zoo, head to our sister collection Wild Place Project, 8 miles away, or head home.

Conference schedule

The timetable for the conference is now full! Thanks to everyone who has offered to present.

There are over 40 presentations and workshops to keep you busy over two and a half days. Every talk has links to the BIAZA Conservation Education guidelines and most will be focused on an element or elements that are unusual, innovative or creative. All of the workshops will have you joining in and getting hands on.

If you have any questions about what’s on offer, please email Dave Naish,

On this first morning we’d like to show you what education and learning looks like at Bristol Zoo. You’ll be able to choose from seven different options over three hours:

  1. Session observations x 2: You’ll be our students for an hour and we’ll teach you! You’ll see the education staff in action, get hands on with the resources we use and see learning from a different angle. We’ll be running concurrent primary and secondary sessions so choose which one you want or come to both.
  2. Participatory Zoo experience: Join us out in the Zoo to see how informal learning works for us at Bristol. See how our rangers interact with guests in our exhibits and how we use props and biofacts to engage, entertain and educate.
  3. Education animal collection: Our education animal technician will take you behind the scenes to see our animal collection. We have one of the biggest education collections in the country with 30 species. Find out how we manage welfare, husbandry and handling.
  4. Forest school taster: The Wild Place team will take you into the Zoo grounds for an introduction to the ethos of Forest School. You will participate in a range of simple games and activities that can help children and young people to develop confidence, teamwork and practical skills.
  5. Outdoor learning on the Downs: Step outside the front of the Zoo onto Bristol’s most important wildlife site, and immerse yourself in our peregrine falcons and food chains session. Outdoor footwear and clothing needed – and be prepared to join in the fun in this primary school session.
  6. Around the Zoo: Wander round the Zoo grounds and enjoy some of our 400 species. There are lots of indoor spaces to keep warm if you need to – Bug World, the Aquarium, Twilight World and the Reptile House.

We’ve booked in an hour’s prop swap session on Thursday afternoon, so have a think what you’d like to bring along and talk about for three minutes.

See our conference schedule.


Bristol can be an expensive city!

There are a number of accommodation options in Bristol, including hotels, youth hostels, guesthouses and Airbnb properties. Please note that many of the city hotels do not offer car parking. We have reserved spaces for delegates in the Zoo car park, if you need to leave the car at the Zoo for the duration of the conference, or if you decide to stay outside the city and drive in.

Hotels within walking distance

Avon Gorge Hotel, Clifton

Situated next to the Suspension Bridge, 10 minute walk to the Zoo, limited parking permits available at £6 per day.

Channings Hotel, Clifton

Five minute walk from the Zoo along Pembroke Road, limited parking.

The Clifton Hotel Group (The Washington Guesthouse, The Clifton Hotel, The Rodney Hotel, The Berkeley Square Hotel, The Berkeley Suites)

All within 20 minute walk from the Zoo, no/limited parking.

Hotels around Millennium Square/City Centre

The Zoo is an approx. 30 minutes uphill walk from the city centre. The no. 8 bus service runs regularly between the Zoo to the city centre, via College Green. Millennium Square is just a couple of minutes’ walk from College Green. The bus journey takes approx. 20 minutes depending on traffic.

The Marriott, College Green

Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol City Centre

Hotel Ibis Bristol Centre

Travelodge Bristol central


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any advice about the options.

Book now!

We are looking forward to meeting you all and sharing great ideas and innovations here at Bristol Zoo!

Please complete the online registration form below, selecting the options you are interested in booking; if you have any difficulties with the registration process, please contact the team by email at

Payment can be made via BACS/bank transfer, or credit card; the Bookings team will contact you once your form has been received, to take payment for your booking.

NB Both full and half day conference days include lunch.

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