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  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Meet a Hedgehog

    Sunday 2nd October 2016 @ Braunstone Wildlife Watch group – Braunstone Civic Centre

    With Colleen Powell from Leicester Hedgehog Rescue - donations welcome. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Call The Civic Centre on 0116 2899270. Please book by the Monday before the event so that volunteer leaders can plan and prepare. #EveryChildWild

  • Wild Tots at The Cube, Market Harborough

    Wednesday 5th October 2016 @ The Cube, Market Harborough, LE16 7DS

    This is a weekly group meeting, led by Education Officer Zaheera Iqbal. Time: 10.00am to 11.30am Cost: £4.50 per child per session. Payment in advance. NB: All children must be supervised by a parent or carer throughout the event BOOKING ...

  • 60th Anniversary Walk: Fungi Foray

    Thursday 6th October 2016 @ Cloud Wood

    Join Community Engagement Officer Ben Devine to search for mushrooms & toadstools at this Trust nature reserve. NB The ground is uneven in places. Please meet in the layby on the top road opposite the reserve entrance, SK 419 213. ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – It's up to you

    Saturday 8th October 2016 @ Brocks Hill Wildlife Watch group – Brocks Hill Country Park

    Suitable for children 5-12 years old. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Call Brocks Hill Environment Centre on 0116 2572888. Please book by the Monday before the event so that volunteer leaders can plan ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Autumn Changes

    Sunday 9th October 2016 @ Rutland Water Wildlife Watch group – Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre

    Suitable for children aged 5 - 12 year olds. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL - To book call 01572 770 651 or online: www.rutlandwater.org.uk/event-list/ Please note booking required by the Monday before the event ...

  • 60th Anniversary Art Exhibition: Revealed - The Secret Wild

    Sunday 9th October 2016 @ The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ

    During our 60th anniversary year we want to reveal just how amazing our nature reserves are, so we’ve invited a large number of local artists to take up the challenge to explore and interpret these special places through their art. ...

  • 60th Anniversary Walk: Fossil Walk

    Sunday 9th October 2016 @ Tilton Railway Cutting

    Join local expert John Martin to find and identify fossils at the premier sequence of Liassic rocks in the East Midlands. Laid down around 180 million years ago the fossils can be found on the rock faces, in the spoil ...

  • Melton Local Group Event - A photographic portrait of Cossington Meadows

    Monday 10th October 2016 @ Melton Local Group Event - United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1LZ

    A photographic portrait of Cossington Meadows with local photographer Tim Matthews. Contact George Kerr on 01664 823665, email [email protected]  

  • Wild Tots at The Cube, Market Harborough

    Wednesday 12th October 2016 @ The Cube, Market Harborough, LE16 7DS

    This is a weekly group meeting, led by Education Officer Zaheera Iqbal. Time: 10.00am to 11.30am Cost: £4.50 per child per session. Payment in advance. NB: All children must be supervised by a parent or carer throughout the event BOOKING ...

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Rivers: Source to Sea

    Wednesday 12th October 2016 @ Charnwood Local Group Event - Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    Join wildlife photographer Jack Perks for an illustrated talk. Rivers are his favourite habitat to photograph having been to Highland streams, Hampshire’s chalk streams and large Midland rivers like the Severn and Trent. Follow him down a British river to see ...

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - The Story of Britain’s Urban Badgers

    Thursday 13th October 2016 @ Midlands Co-Operative Society Sports & Social Club, Birstall, LE4 4DE

    Ben Devine, Community Engagement Officer (Black to Green Project) at the Trust, will tell us about the rise of the urban badger in many areas of Great Britain, how they live amongst us and the challenge this can present. Admission ...

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Shedding a light on badger behaviour

    Monday 17th October 2016 @ Rutland Local Group Event - VTC, Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group member Pam Mynott will share her knowledge of local badger behaviour. Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345069  

  • Wild Play - Bats

    Wednesday 19th October 2016 @ Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE

    Join us for Batty Crafts, Bat quiz trail & Bat games. No need to book, pay on the day - £2.50 for activities. Suitable for children aged 5 -12 years, younger and older siblings welcome, (all children must be accompanied by an ...

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - Waders, Waders, Everywhere

    Wednesday 19th October 2016 @ Great Bowden Local Group Event - Village Hall, The Green, Great Bowden

    Chris Ward is coming from Milton Keynes so let's make his journey worthwhile. Any help in identifying this tricky set of birds is useful for the occasions that they do appear in our vicinity. Admission £2 for members, £3 non ...

  • North West Local Group Event - The family life of robins

    Friday 21st October 2016 @ North West Local Group Event - Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    David Tideswell returns to amuse, stimulate and astonish us with his intimate account of the family life of the robin. Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412410

  • Wild about Gardens - Bats

    Saturday 22nd October 2016 @ University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Glebe Road, Oadby, LE2 2LD

    Adult wildlife & gardening talks, local wildlife group stalls, wildlife gardening information, drinks & cakes. Family activities include Bat crafts, quiz trail and games. Free event but donations welcome. In partnership with University of Leicester Botanic Garden.    

  • Autumn Explorers

    Wednesday 26th October 2016 @ Rutland Water Nature Reserve: Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Aged between 5-10 and bored? Then come along to have fun looking for signs of autumn, make a bug house to help the bugs get through winter and take part in autumn inspired craft activities. £30 per child. Please click ...

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Tasmania and South Australia

    Wednesday 26th October 2016 @ Humberstone Local Group Event - Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    The latest talk by this passionate traveller and enthusiastic speaker Sue Ablett. Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact Alison Gardner on 0116 2413598.

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Brazil: From Rio to the Pantanal

    Friday 28th October 2016 @ Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Trinity Methodist Church, Oadby

    To celebrate the Trust's 60th anniversary Chris Ward, an experienced lecturer and wildlife photographer, will talk about Brazil's wildlife which faces many challenges but has some of the richest biodiversity and most exciting wildlife anywhere in the world. The threatened ...

  • North West Local Group Walk - An autumnal walk in South Wood

    Saturday 29th October 2016 @ South Wood, Staunton Harold car park

    Dave Wroughton leads a walk around this ancient wood with many veteran trees and interesting things to see, including fungi. We will meet at Staunton Harold Hall car park, on some signposts it is called the Craft Centre, at grid ref ...

  • Frightful Reserve Ramble

    Saturday 29th October 2016 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a ghoulishly good time and a spooky walk as darkness falls. Make a pumpkin lantern to take home. £10 per child. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Hootingly Haunted Halloween

    Sunday 30th October 2016 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along to carve a scary pumpkin. No witch or wizard is complete without a broomstick... so join us to make one to take home! Discover what goes on under the cover of darkness with the dissection of owl pellets ...

November 2016 Back to top

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Big Cook Out

    Sunday 6th November 2016 @ Braunstone Wildlife Watch group – Braunstone Civic Centre

    Suitable for children 5-12 years old. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Call The Civic Centre on 0116 2899270. Please book by the Monday before the event so that volunteer leaders can plan and ...

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Plants in the Charnwood Forest living landscape

    Wednesday 9th November 2016 @ Charnwood Local Group Event - Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    An illustrated talk by Trust Conservation Officer Uta Hamzaoui. Admission £2.50 for members, £3.00 non-members, refreshments included. Contact Maggie Morland on 01509 890077, Kate Moore on 01509 891005, email [email protected] or John Spencer on 0116 2364279

  • Leicestershire and Rutland Badger Group Event - Barn Owls

    Thursday 10th November 2016 @ Midlands Co-operative Society Sports & Social Club, Birstall Road, Birstall LE4 4DE

    Don Pritchett from the Vale of Belvoir Barn Owl Conservation Group will give an illustrated talk on these fascinating birds. Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact David Duckett on 0116 2597231

  • Willow Festive Décor

    Saturday 12th November 2016 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    For older children and adults. Come along and weave your own willow angel, wreath, or both! £20 for a single item or both for £30, price includes all materials. If making both items please allow some extra time. Please click ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Wonderful Webs

    Saturday 12th November 2016 @ Brocks Hill Wildlife Watch group – Brocks Hill Country Park

    Suitable for children 5-12 years old. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Call Brocks Hill Environment Centre on 0116 2572888. Please book by the Monday before the event so that volunteer leaders can plan ...

  • Willow Snowman

    Sunday 13th November 2016 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Weave your own 4ft high snowman. £50pp includes materials and lunch. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Melton Local Group Event - Pushing up the Daisies

    Monday 14th November 2016 @ United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray

    The flora and fauna of Leicestershire and Rutland’s churchyards, with Steve Woodward. Contact George Kerr on 01664 823665, email [email protected]

  • Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday 16th November 2016 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, Oadby, LE2 4LA

    The AGM will be followed by a talk from President of The Wildlife Trust, Tony Juniper. Tony is a campaigner, writer and well-known environmentalist whose recent book, What Nature Does For Britain, shows how we are supported by wildlife and ...

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - A Year of Wildlife

    Wednesday 16th November 2016 @ Village Hall, The Green, Great Bowden

    Gianpiero Ferrari returns to complete his year with summer and autumn wildlife both in the UK and his native area of northern Italy. If you were at his first show you'll not want to miss this one! Admission £2 for ...

  • 60th Anniversary Workshop: Introduction to analysing bat calls

    Saturday 19th November 2016 @ YHA National Forest, 48 Bath Lane, Moira, DE12 6BD

    Join Steve Roe from Derbyshire Bat Group for an introduction to using AnalookW.  Find out how to analyse bat calls and the basics of species ID, use of filters, naming files and count labels. The workshop is funded by the Black ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Them Bones

    Sunday 20th November 2016 @ Rutland Water Wildlife Watch group – Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre

    Suitable for children aged 5 - 12 year olds. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL - To book call 01572 770 651 or online: www.rutlandwater.org.uk/event-list/ Please note booking required by the Monday before the event ...

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Black to Green

    Monday 21st November 2016 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Community Engagement Officer Ben Devine will talk about the project - from coalpits to treetops. Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069.

  • North West Local Group Event - Night wildlife in Calke Park

    Friday 25th November 2016 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Bill Cove of Calke Abbey shows the fascinating range of creatures that modern technology reveals at night, including a wide range of bats and other wildlife. Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 ...

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Extinction, re-introduction and aliens

    Friday 25th November 2016 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Oadby, Leicester

    A talk by Nigel Slater on Extinction, re-introduction and aliens. Admission £3, including refreshments. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810835 or email [email protected]

  • Willow Reindeer

    Sunday 27th November 2016 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Suitable for age 8 to 80! Weave your own willow reindeer. Price of the course includes materials and lunch, £50. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Bradgate Park Trust

    Wednesday 30th November 2016 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    An introduction to the work and plans of the Bradgate Park Trust and the biodiversity of this beautiful estate. With Development Officer Carolyn Holmes. Admission £2, refreshments included Contact Alison Gardner on 0116 241 3598.

December 2016 Back to top

  • North West Local Group Social Evening - Skittles and Meal

    Friday 2nd December 2016 @ The Odd House, Snarestone, DE12 7DQ

    Meet your wildlife friends, have a good meal and play skittles in the enjoyable, traditional pub setting of The Odd House, Snarestone. £10 for main course, sweets extra. Please book with David Wroughton on 01530 414 672.

  • Willow Christmas Decorations

    Saturday 3rd December 2016 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Suitable for adults and older children! Using natural materials create a range of charming decorations to take home. £20pp includes materials. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651

  • Willow Festive Décor

    Sunday 4th December 2016 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    For older children and adults. Come along and weave your own willow angel, wreath, or both! £20 for a single item or both for £30, price includes all materials. If making both items please allow some extra time. Please click ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Natural Christmas

    Sunday 4th December 2016 @ Braunstone Wildlife Watch group – Braunstone Civic Centre

    Suitable for children 5-12 years old. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Call The Civic Centre on 0116 2899270. Please book by the Monday before the event so that volunteer leaders can plan and ...

  • North West Local Group Event - Bird life in my garden

    Friday 9th December 2016 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Following the Group’s Annual General Meeting, Noel Morgan shows his DVD of bird life in a typical garden in southern Leicestershire. His cinematic presentation includes humour, tragedy and everyday life for birds as it really is. Admission £3. Contact David ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Dec' the Halls

    Saturday 10th December 2016 @ Brocks Hill Wildlife Watch group – Brocks Hill Country Park

    Suitable for children 5-12 years old. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Call Brocks Hill Environment Centre on 0116 2572888. Please book by the Monday before the event so that volunteer leaders can plan ...

  • 60th Anniversary Walk: Woods in Winter

    Saturday 10th December 2016 @ Prior’s Coppice

    Join Conservation Officer Andy Lear for a winter walk around Prior’s Coppice and learn how to identify trees without leaves in this secluded ancient woodland reserve. NB The ground is uneven and can be very wet in places. Please meet ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Green Christmas

    Sunday 11th December 2016 @ Rutland Water Wildlife Watch group – Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre

    Suitable for children aged 5 - 12 year olds. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL - To book call 01572 770 651 or online: www.rutlandwater.org.uk/event-list/ Please note booking required by the Monday before the event ...

  • Melton Local Group Event - Members’ social evening

    Monday 12th December 2016 @ United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray

    Please join us to share Members’ slides and films. Contact George Kerr on 01664 823 665 or email [email protected]

  • Rutland Local Group Event - The natural history of Rutland

    Monday 12th December 2016 @ Volunteer Trainng Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    A talk by Richard Adams on the natural history of Rutland. Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Black to Green

    Wednesday 14th December 2016 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    An illustrated talk by Community Engagement Officer at the Trust, Ben Devine. The Black to Green Project aims to connect people with the rapid landscape change that has taken place in the Heart of the National Forest over the last ...

January 2017 Back to top

  • North West Local Group Event - New Year’s Day Walk

    Sunday 1st January 2017 @ The Green, Breedon on the Hill

    Enjoy a walk to see Viking sculptures, a reinvigorated SSSI and the delightful village of Breedon. Meet on The Green, Breedon on the Hill. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margret Mabey on 01530 412410  

  • Melton Local Group Event - Corsican Spring

    Monday 9th January 2017 @ United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray

    Enjoy Gianpiero Ferrari’s stunning photography as he takes a look at the interesting flora and fauna of this mediterranean island. Contact George Kerr on 01664 823665, email [email protected]  

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - A Very Fine Swan Indeed: Art, Science and The Unfeathered Bird

    Wednesday 11th January 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    Join Katrina van Grouw as she shares her insights on birds beneath their feathers. Katrina is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, a dedicated ornithologist, former Natural History Museum curator, bird ringer, and preparator of natural history specimens. ...

  • Leicestershire and Rutland Badger Group Event - Ramblings of a Natural History photographer at home & abroad

    Thursday 12th January 2017 @ Midlands Co-operative Society Sports & Social Club, Birstall Road, Birstall LE4 4DE

    John Tinning, a well known local wildlife photographer who has travelled extensively in his pursuit, will show us his latest superb photography.   Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact David Duckett on 0116 2597231  

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Pipistrelles

    Monday 16th January 2017 @ Volunteer Trainng Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    A talk on this species of bat by Matt Cook of the Nottinghamshire Bat Group. Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069

  • North West Local Group Event - Wild bees and their role in pollination

    Friday 20th January 2017 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Peter Chatwin, an artist, shows how his passion for the preservation of biodiversity and endangered species is reflected in research on indigenous wild bees and their role in pollination. Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 034 or Margarrt ...

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday 25th January 2017 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    Annual General Meeting Admission £2, refreshments included Contact Alison Gardner on 0116 241 3598.

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Leicester and its river

    Friday 27th January 2017 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Oadby, Leicester

    The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a talk about the river Soar from Senior Riverside Officer Adrian Lane. Admission £3, including refreshments. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810835 or email [email protected]