Wildlife events in July

Discover the amazing wildlife and nature events happening around the UK this month!

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Peacock butterfly

Peacock butterfly © Andia / UIG / Getty

 

If you would like to submit an event for inclusion in this list, please see the bottom of this page for details.

 

Nationwide

Solitary Bee Week

  • Monday 2 - Sunday 8 July
  • Although most people are aware of honeybees and bumblebees, solitary bees are the unsung hero of the pollinating world. With over 240 species in the UK alone, they make up 90 per cent of the bee population! Solitary Bee Week is a week of action and education, to raise awareness of these incredible creatures. 

 

National Meadows Day, Magnificent Meadows (Plantlife)

  • Saturday 7 July
  • National Meadows Day is an annual event taking place on or around the first Saturday of July. The vision is for people to celebrate National Meadows Day in their own city, village, parish, wildlife reserve, allotment or farm all over the UK. 

 

Big Butterfly Count, Butterfly Conservation

  • Friday 20 July - Sunday 12 August
  • The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping Butterfly Conservation assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies.

 

Dragonfly Week, with British Dragonfly Society

  • Sunday 21 - Sunday 29 July
  • A whole week of events celebrating dragonflies across the UK, starting with a special event at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 21st July. See the BDS website for the full list of events.

 

England

Cambridgeshire

Adult dragonflies and their habitats for beginners, with British Dragonfly Society

  • Saturday 7 July, 10am - 4pm
  • Wicken Fen NNR (National Trust), Cambridgeshire
  • Led by Stuart Irons, the aim of this course is for participants to identify common species of adult dragonflies and their habitats. There will be sessions using colour photo presentations, one-to-one guidance and a field tour of adult dragonfly and water plant habitats.
  • £35

 

Devon

Dragonfly Walk, with British Dragonfly Society

© David Kitching

  • Sunday 15 July, 10am - 4pm
  • Cadover Bridge Reserve (National Trust), South West Dartmoor, Devon
  • A dragonfly walk looking for moorland species, specifically scarce blue-tailed and small red damselflies.
  • Free event

 

Dorset

Wild and Wonderful Bees

  • Saturday 14 July, 11am-4pm
  • Knoll Gardens, Dorset
  • Open your eyes to the wonderful world of bees at this special family event in Knoll's glorious naturalistic garden. Meet the experts including The Bumblebee Conservation Trust; Becky Twigg, creator of Salisbury City Bee Trail and recipient of Defra’s ‘Bees Needs Champions’ award; and Jane Adams, founder of the national Garden Bioblitz. Discover the delicious taste of local honey and learn how to choose the plants your bees will love.
  • Reduced entry charge, adults £6, children £3.

 

East Sussex

Hargate Woodland Wellbeing Festival

© Woodland Trust

  • Sunday 29 July. 10:30 -4pm.
  • Tunbridge Wells, Kent/E.Sussex.
  • There is so much to experience at the Woodland Trust's first ever full day Wellbeing festival that you will be spoilt for choice! There's loads to enjoy for children and adults such as yoga (above), guided meditative walks, family nature walks, bushcraft, art sessions and more.
  • Advance booking strongly encouraged. Tickets in advance: Adults £5; Children £3 (free for under 2s). Bookable sessions during the day available at extra cost from £3-£5.

 

Gloucestershire

Nocturnal nature guided walk

© Michael Harvey / RSPB Images

  • 7 July, 9pm – 10.45pm
  • RSPB Nagshead, Gloucestershire
  • Join us as we take an evening stroll looking for nocturnal wildlife such as the mysterious nightjar, woodcock, owls, wild boar, deer, bats and much more. You never quite know what you are going to bump into on these exciting walks!
  • RSPB Members £4, Non-Members £5, Children £1. Booking essential: call 01594 562852 email nagshead@rspb.org.uk

 

Greater London

Zoo Nights

© ZSL

  • 1 June – 20 July
  • ZSL London Zoo, Greater London
  • Explore the Zoo after hours, take a guided Birds and The Bees tour, to discover the weird and wonderful world of sex in the animal kingdom, grab a drink from one of our watering holes, and chill out surrounded by relaxing music, animal lanterns and entertainment.  And when you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy an array of street food vendors offering exciting flavours and unique dishes from around the globe. This is no ordinary feeding time at the Zoo, and we keep herbivores and carnivores equally happy.

 

Lincolnshire

Mini-raft building

© Andy Hay / RSPB Images

  • Tuesdays 24 July to 28 August
  • RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire
  • Sink or swim? You can put your boat-building skills to the test by making miniature rafts from natural materials. Once they have been made you can see how good you were, as we test them in our water tank. Relax, you won't get wet yourself.
  • £2.50 per child, RSPB members 20% off. Booking essential: call 01205 724678 or email lincolnshirewashreserves@rspb.org.uk

 

North Yorkshire

Dragonfly Walk at Strensall Common

© David Kitching

  • Saturday 14 July, 10am
  • Strensall Common, York, North Yorkshire
  • This is a joint meeting with Freshwater Habitats Trust. Strensall Common is a Flagship Ponds site, the walk will visit numerous ponds on the common and there will be opportunity to see the conservation work done at Worlds End.

 

Nottinghamshire

Butterflies and wildflowers guided walk

© Ben Hall / RSPB Images

  • Saturday 7 July, 10am – 1pm
  • RSPB Langford Lowfields, Nottinghamshire
  • This walk will focus primarily on the butterflies and wildflowers prevalent on the reserve whilst enjoying a pleasant walk around the reserve where the Site Manager will also be able to point out other species and areas of interest.
  • RSPB Member: Adult £8.00, Child £4.00; Non-member: Adult £10.00, Child £5.00. Booking essential.

 

Somerset

British Dragonfly Society: Barcroft Hall

  • Sunday 1 July
  • Barcroft Hall, South Petherton, Somerset
  • The grounds of the Hall are home to a number of large ponds and our aim would be to survey them all as far as possible. Perhaps the commonest species is Erythromma viridulum. Pond Dippers are welcome to help add to the list.

 

Minerva's Owls of Bath Sculpture Trail

  • Monday 25 June - Monday 10 September
  • Bath, Somerset
  • From the end of June, 100 individually decorated large and smaller owl sculptures are to land in and around the streets of Bath for a colourful 3-month public art event to celebrate Bath’s Roman heritage and raise funds for local charities. The project takes its inspiration from the Roman Goddess Minerva, to whom the Roman Baths Temple was dedicated in the 1st century AD, and whose animal symbol was the owl of wisdom. 

 

Suffolk

Big 5 walking safari

© Andy Hay / RSPB Images

  • Saturday 21 July, 2pm – 7pm
  • RSPB Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk
  • This is a 10km (around 6 mile) walk around the reserve to see our "Big 5" bird species: crane, bittern, marsh harrier, bearded tit and kingfisher. Sightings aren't guaranteed, but you’ll see areas not usually open to the public, so you stand a good chance of seeing all 5!
  • Adults £15 Children £7.50 (Non-Members) Adults £12 Children £6 (RSPB Members). Booking essential.

 

Surrey

Newdigate Brickworks Dragonflies, with British Dragonfly Society 

  • Saturday 7 July, 10.30am
  • Newdigate Brickworks (Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve), East Surrey
  • Newdigate Brickworks is a 18ha Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve on the site of a former claypit and brickworks. There are two large lakes (good for waterfowl) and several smaller ponds (good for dragonflies).
  • Free event

 

Langley Vale Wood Summer Event

© Woodland Trust

  • Saturday 21 July. 11am-4pm.
  • Epsom Downs, Surrey
  • Family event celebrating the end of the First World War at the Woodland Trust's First World War Centenary Wood*. Experience afield hospital, infantry training and fire lighting survival skills! Learn about food on the front line and more including funfair games, crafts, apple press, food stalls and picnic area.
  • Advance booking strongly encouraged. Tickets in advance: Adults £10; Children £5 (free for under 2s); Concessions £5 (over 65 and students); or Family ticket: £25 (2 adults, 2 children). 
  • *The Woodland Trust has planted four new woods in each of the home countries to honour those who lived and served in the First World War.

 

Warwickshire

Dragonfly Walk with British Dragonfly Society

  • Saturday 7 July, 10.30am
  • Thelsford Farm, Charlecote, Warwickshire
  • Visit to a private site, close to the Avon,  with restored old gravel workings where there are large ponds and marshy areas. We will also visit an irrigation pool on a farm close by so will hopefully see a good variety of still water species.
  • Free event

 

West Sussex

Butterfly Safari

© RSPB Images

  • Friday 20 July, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex
  • A perfect way to enjoy a sunny summer afternoon - a gentle stroll around the nature reserve admiring our fantastic selection of butterflies, followed by afternoon tea! This guided walk forms part of our Big Butterfly Count celebrations.
  • £20 per person / £16 for RSPB members. Booking essential: call 01798 875851.

 

Scotland

Aberdeenshire

Gannets Galore

© Andy Hay / RSPB Images

  • Wednesday 18 July, 7pm
  • RSPB Troup Head, Aberdeenshire
  • Join us on a cliff top walk to see the sights, sounds and smells of the amazing RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve. Troup Head is home to nearly 4,000 gannets – Scotland’s largest mainland colony – and thousands of other seabirds including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars.
  • Suggested donation £8 non-members/£5 RSPB members. Booking essential: call 01346 532017 or email Strathbeg@rspb.org.uk

 

Dumfries and Galloway

Seabird spectacular

© Andrew Bielinski / RSPB Images

  • Wednesdays 7 June to 11 July, 1pm – 3pm
  • RSPB Mull of Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway
  • The Mull of Galloway is home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Join us for a guided walk to find out more about their ecology and the importance of the reserve in supporting these magnificent birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, suitable clothing and stout footwear.
  • Adults £4, Children £2. Under 5's Free. RSPB members 25% off.

 

North Lanarkshire

The world of wildflowers

© Paul Gunn / RSPB Images

  • Saturday 14 July, 2pm – 4pm
  • RSPB Baron’s Haugh, North Lanarkshire
  • Now that summer is in full swing, Baron’s Haugh plays host to many beautiful wildflowers in bloom. Come along and get to know some of them, work on your identification skills and learn why they are so important!
  • £4 for adults, £2 for children, free to RSPB members. Booking essential: call 07872 814911 or 0141 331 0998

 

Outer Hebrides

North Harris Eagle Walk

© Chris Gomersall / RSPB Images

  • Wednesdays between 6 June - 29 August, 10am
  • North Harris, Outer Hebrides
  • A guided walk in search of golden eagles and sea eagles in the North Harris hills, led in partnership by the RSPB and the North Harris Trust. These hills hold one of the highest densities of golden eagles in Europe! Please come prepared with waterproofs and sturdy footwear.
  • £5 per adult, children and RSPB members free. Booking essential: call 01859 550280 or email robin.reid@rspb.org.uk

 

Highland

Glenborrodale reserve summer walks

© Ben Andrew / RSPB Images

  • Wednesdays between 6 June - 26 September, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • RSPB Glenborrodale
  • Discover the wildlife gems of Glenborrodale reserve on this guided walk led by a local naturalist. Easy walking, though the path is uphill in sections and uneven. Stout footwear recommended. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required.
  • RSPB members £4, Non members £8, Under 16s Free

 

Wal​es

Ceredigion

Dragonfly Walk, with British Dragonfly Society and the local Wildlife Trusts group

© Gail Hampshire / Flickr

  • Saturday 14 July, 1.30pm
  • Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, Ceredigion
  • A joint meeting between the BDS and the North Ceredigion group of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). A walk along the old railway and boardwalk. 18 species of Dragonfly so far at this fascinating site.
  • Free event.

 

Powys

Forest Bathing

© Michael Harvey / RSPB Images

  • Saturday 21 July, 11am – 1pm
  • RSPB Lake Vyrnwy, Powys
  • Come and immerse yourselves in a nature-based wellness experience at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy. Forest bathing, or being in the presence of trees, is a Japanese practice known as 'shinrin-yoku' that can boost the immune system, decrease stress and lower blood pressure.
  • £15.00, £12.00 for RSPB members. Booking essential: call 01691 870278 or email vyrnwy@rspb.org.uk

 

 

How to submit an event

If you have a wildlife or nature-themed event that could be included on this page, please e-mail Megan Shersby with the following: 

  • Name of event
  • Date and time
  • Location (including county) 
  • Information about the event (no more than 50 words) 
  • Pricing and booking details
  • Publicity image (with credit)

Ideally, events should be received at least two weeks before the calendar month begins.

 

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