UK Wildlife Events in September 2014

With the increasingly imminent departure of the summer, September brings the start of the new autumn season. For wildlife, this simply means a transition; not the end of the summer, but the beginning of the next stage.

This September, various organisations across the UK bring an abundance of exciting wildlife events, perfect for staving of those winter blues (for just a bit longer at least!). Below are some suggestions that you might be interested in…

Wild About Gardens Week

Date: 15-21st September, 2014

Location: Stockton on Tees and other locations across the UK

What to expect:

Wild About Gardens Week focuses on pollinating insect species, and the challenges they face across the winter months. The events aim to raise awareness and encourage the public to take part in activities designed to support 1,500 UK pollinator species during the winter. It is an annual project run by the Royal Horticultural Society and Wildlife Trusts.

You can engage with the project by entering their ‘build a bug hotel’ competition, by running your own event or by attending one of those already available. At the moment, the Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show is advertised, taking place on the 13th September in Stockton on Tees. This event will include stalls, gardening Q and A sessions, insect hotel building workshops, seed planting and an opportunity to learn more about wildlife gardening.

To learn more about Wild About Gardens Week, please visit this site:

http://www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk/home

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World Land Trust debate on hunting

Date: 2nd September, 2014

Location: Royal Society, London

What to expect:

Hunting, and its effects on wildlife and conservation, is a controversial issue. In response to claims that the subject is rarely openly discussed in public, conservation charity WLT is holding a debate designed to address both sides of the topic. Panellists include Bill Oddie (WLT Ambassador and Council Member) and Chris Packham (patron of the WLT) who have been involved in campaigns aimed at preventing the shooting of migrating Mediterranean birds. They will focus on the moral issues associated with hunting. Mark Avery (WLT council member) will also be joining them, following his work on Hen Harrier Day, against wildlife crime resulting from grouse shooting.

Speaking for the other side of the debate will be Andrew Gilruth (Director of Membership and Communications at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) and James Barrington (animal welfare consultant) who will consider the benefits that hunting can provide for wildlife.

Also joining the panel will be John Burton, considering the impacts of hunting on WLT’s conservation projects abroad, and Garry Marvin (social anthropologist and Professor of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Roehampton) who will address the process of recreational hunting and consider recreational hunters, in more depth.

To book tickets or to find out more please visit:

www.worldlandtrust.org/news/events

Wildlife discovery days

Date: 2nd and 3rd September, 2014

Location: Winchester and London

 What to expect:

Wildlife Worldwide are producing a series of free events aimed at members of the public with an interest in wildlife and travel. The events will include presentations from both staff and guest speakers from around the globe, whilst also providing an opportunity to meet their team and discuss travel or wildlife experiences with those who have similar interests.

There will be a variety of events released, the first two being held on the 2nd September in Winchester and the 3rd September, in London. A particular highlight of the London event includes a presentation by award winning photographer Nick Garbutt, named ‘The Art of Wildlife Photography, featuring Colombia’.

All events are completely free, but require online registration using the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wildlifeworldwidediscoveryseries1415

Great British Beach Clean

Date: 19-22nd September, 2014

Location:Across Great Britain

What to expect:

Litter is posing a huge threat to the quality of UK beaches, and the wildlife that resides there. Ensuring that beaches are kept clean could not only support marine wildlife, but also maintain the quality and safety for visitors, particularly children.

The Great British seaside is world famous; join 10,000 people taking part in the Great British Beach Clean to help maintain the quality of these iconic locations. The events are happening all over the country so you can either join an event near you, or even organise your own.

Further information about the event and how to get involved can be found here:

http://www.mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean/

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Ecover Blue Mile Plymouth

Date: 13-14th September, 2014

Location:Plymouth

 What to expect:

For the fourth year, the Ecover Blue Mile returns to Plymouth. Participants have the opportunity to swim and paddle a blue mile, across Plymouth’s historical waterfront from the Mayflower steps. There are a variety of options to choose from in terms of how you complete the mile, ranging from swimming, to kayaking to team challenges and more. The money raised from the event will be used to support marine conservation, and represent the celebration of British oceans.

Learn more about the event and how to take part here:

http://www.thebluemile.com/about/

Nocturnal Encounters Exhibition

Date: 27th September- 8th November, 2014

Location: St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington

What to expect:

A new exhibition, featuring a combination of new and early prints of the natural world, as created by wood engraver Colin See-Payton.

Colin began his work in 1980, entirely self-taught, and is now considered to be one of the world’s most impressive printmakers. His work is centred on the natural world, using complex engravings to represent the relationships between species and their habitats. The exhibit will contain work based on a family of hares, living in Colin’s garden, amongst other pieces reflecting the movement of species such as birds and fish.

The exhibition is open from 10-am-4pm Monday to Saturday with ticket prices ranging from £2-4 each, with family tickets of £10, for 2 adults and up to 4 children also available. Under fives are admitted free of charge.

To learn more about the exhibition please visit:

www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk

You can also learn more about the artist here:

www.see-paynton.co.uk

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Sssnakes Alive!

Date: 19th September 2014 – 22nd February, 2015

Location: Liverpool

 What to expect:

World Museum in conjunction with Blue Tokay, National Museums Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, is opening a new family friendly exhibition, designed to invite visitors to learn more about the secret lives of snakes. The display includes information about the biology and habitats of snake species, including surprising facts, information about snake conservation and the opportunity to consider what it must be like to encounter deadly snakes on a daily basis.

The attraction also includes a Burmese python skeleton, stunning photographs of snakes from around the globe and even the opportunity to meet some live specimens including a royal python and boa constrictor. The exhibition also has interactive and audio elements including a field lab, snake quiz and Discovery Zone.

To learn more please visit:

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/snakes

Teach on the Beach

Date: 17th September 2014 – 22nd February, 2015

Location: Snuff Mills Park, Bristol

What to expect:

In association with the previously mentioned Ecover Blue Mile, Natural Connections is running a ‘Teach on the Beach’ workshop. The workshop is open to all, but the target audience is primary, special and secondary school teachers. The workshops will be focused around ‘blue spaces’ such as beaches and rivers, aiming to give teachers the confidence to incorporate ‘blue space’ learning opportunities in to their cross-curricular activities.

The Bristol session will explore the river and bankside habitats of the River Frome, demonstrating what low budget resources are available for teachers to use in subsequent visits. Activities will include stream dipping, global themed waste games, life cycle and food web games and other such creative activities designed to enhance the learning opportunities for children.

To learn more please visit:

http://www.thebluemile.com/teach-on-the-beach/

David Gower and Friends

Date: 3rd September 2014

Location: Blackfriars Hall, Norwich

What to expect:

Former England cricket captain David Gower reflects on his lifetime passion for sport and wildlife. The presentation will be a humorous and lively discussion the considers David’s work as a Patron of the WLT, with a particular focus on WLT’s Indian Elephant Corridors project. David will also be joined by sports writer and natural journalist Simon Barnes, and also Bill Oddie, who are both similarly involved in the WLT.

Tickets will be £25, however there are a limited amount of tickets available at £45 to attend an additional champagne reception after the presentation, where guests will be able to meet and talk with David, Simon and Bill.

To learn more please visit:

http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/events/david-gower-friends

RHS Plant Day

Date: 10th September 2014

Location: Cotswold Wildlife Park

 What to expect:

A plant themed day out, perfect for garden clubs, societies and plant enthusiasts, with experts on hand to answer questions. There will be RHS speakers on a variety of subjects, plant demonstrations, displays and a chance to enjoy the Park’s gardens at their peak. There will be an opportunity to speak with experienced gardeners, who have culminated over 600 years worth of gardening know-how to ensure the best garden results and knowledge of techniques.

The Park will also be enhanced by a unique chance to witness rare and unusual plants, usually displayed by organisations such as the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. Visitors are also encouraged to bring along their own unusual or special plants; this can be organised by contacting gardens@cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk . In addition to the elaborate gardens and Plant Day events, there will be 250 animal species also available for viewing.

The Park will be open from 10am-6pm, with activities from 11am-4pm. Entry is free for RHS members, other tickets can be bought online.

You can find more information here:

http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/whats-on/events.htm

The Yorkshire Wolds and Coast Wildlife Tour

Date: 19th-21st September 2014

Location: Highfield Farm, Driffield

What to expect:

Highfield farm, in connection with Yorkshire Coast Nature, are providing a special residential wildlife and photography weekend. The tour is aimed at visitors wishing to see and enjoy UK wildlife whilst surrounded by beautiful scenery. The 3 day tour will focus on the diversity of bird species migrating through the Yorkshire Wolds area.

A very popular tour in the past, the experience will be led by local wildlife expert Richard Baines and international award-winning photographer Steve Race. Visitors will be taken around in small groups, to minimise disturbance to wildlife and allow the most to be made of the experience. The tour has the potential to see over 100 bird species including Green and Wood Sandpipers, Shovelers and Barn owls, with the region being one of the best in the country for owl spotting. Guests will also be able to enjoy Highfield’s 4* bed and breakfast accommodation during the tour.

For further information please visit:

www.highfieldfarm.co.uk

These events are just a taste of those available in September, so keep an eye out, both online and in local news sources, for other wildlife events near you!

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