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August 2017 Back to top

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 22nd August 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a walk with local nature expert Jeff to discover some amazing wildlife around the nature reserve. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Booking essential. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Wild Play - Summer Holidays - Water

    Wednesday 23rd August 2017 @ Burbage Common, Hinckley

    Suitable for children aged 5 -12 years (all children must be accompanied by an adult) Cost £3.50 per child per session. BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Places are limited. To book please call 01455 255728.  (A non-refundable payment will be taken on booking) ...

  • Birds, Bugs and Boats at Whitwell

    Thursday 24th August 2017 @ Whitwell Harbour, Rutland Water, LE15 8BL

    Take to the water to tour the reservoir, landing for lunch, with bug hunts to see what wildlife the reservoir holds! £30pp. Booking essential, please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Melton Local Group Event - Holwell Badger Watches

    Friday 25th August 2017 @ Holwell Reserves

    Enjoy an evening of badger watching at Holwell Nature Reserves. £5 per adult to cover the cost of the badgers’ favourite treat of peanuts, (please note children should be over 8 years of age bearing in mind we will have ...

  • Family Fun Drop In Day

    Saturday 26th August 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    Bring the family to the Nature Reserve to hunt for bugs in our wonderful woodland, catch minibeasts and see what you can find in the pond. There will be lots of nature related crafty sessions to join in with too! ...

  • Afternoon Osprey Cruise

    Saturday 26th August 2017 @ Whitwell Harbour, Rutland Water, LE15 8BL

    One of the most exciting ways of seeing ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; we sail to the parts of the reservoir ...

  • Discovering Bats

    Sunday 27th August 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    Join us for a guided walk to discover the various bat species present. Learn to identify various British bats with the aid of bat detectors. The cost is £10.00 per person, booking essential. Please click here to book online or ...

September 2017 Back to top

  • Melton Local Group Event - Holwell Badger Watches

    Friday 1st September 2017 @ Holwell Reserves

    Enjoy an evening of badger watching at Holwell Nature Reserves. £5 per adult to cover the cost of the badgers’ favourite treat of peanuts, (please note children should be over 8 years of age bearing in mind we will have ...

  • Heart of the Forest Wildlife Watch Group – Food for all

    Saturday 2nd September 2017 @ Heart of the Forest Wildlife Watch Group – Hicks Lodge Visitor Centre, Willesley Woodside, Moira

    Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. Children aged under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.   BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Book online click here. (Booking for meeting open from Monday after last meeting)   Please ...

  • Braunstone Wildlife Watch Group – Butterflies

    Sunday 3rd September 2017 @ Braunstone Wildlife Watch Group – Braunstone Town Civic Centre, Braunstone

    Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. Children aged under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.   BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Book online click here. (Booking for meeting open from Monday after last meeting)   Please ...

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 5th September 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a walk with local nature expert Jeff to discover some amazing wildlife around the nature reserve. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Booking essential. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Wildlife Book Club

    Wednesday 6th September 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    If you love reading and wildlife, this Book Club and its monthly meetings could be for you! Email [email protected] or call the Volunteer Training Centre on 01572 720 049 or click here for more details.

  • Melton Local Group Event - Holwell Badger Watches

    Friday 8th September 2017 @ Holwell Reserves

    Enjoy an evening of badger watching at Holwell Nature Reserves. £5 per adult to cover the cost of the badgers’ favourite treat of peanuts, (please note children should be over 8 years of age bearing in mind we will have ...

  • Willow Weaving: Deer

    Saturday 9th September 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Deer can be ‘visiting’ your garden on a permanent basis if you attend the one-day course where you will learn how to make your own 4ft high deer using willow. £50pp includes lunch.  Booking essential please click here to book ...

  • Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group – Get creative for bugs

    Sunday 10th September 2017 @ Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group – Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton

    Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. Children aged under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.   BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Book online click here.   Please book by the Monday before the event so that volunteer ...

  • Wild Walk: Birds of Cossington Meadows FULLY BOOKED

    Wednesday 13th September 2017 @ Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve

    FULLY BOOKED Discover the autumn birdlife of Cossington Meadows with Conservation Officer Chris Hill.  Bring along your binoculars to see what we can spot at this Soar valley reserve. NB The ground is uneven and can be very wet in ...

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Attenborough Nature Reserve

    Wednesday 13th September 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    A talk by Nigel Slater who was born and lives next to this Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. He is a volunteer warden, and on the management committee. He will share his passion for wildlife and show how exciting it ...

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - Badger behaviour and biology

    Thursday 14th September 2017 @ Midlands Co-operative Society Sports & Social Club, Birstall Road, Birstall LE4 4DE

    Dr Pam Mynott will employ her wealth of badger-watching experience in presenting this illustrated talk on one of Britain’s favourite mammals.   Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact David Duckett on 0116 2597 231  

  • Melton Local Group Event - Holwell Badger Watches

    Friday 15th September 2017 @ Holwell Reserves

    Enjoy an evening of badger watching at Holwell Nature Reserves. £5 per adult to cover the cost of the badgers’ favourite treat of peanuts, (please note children should be over 8 years of age bearing in mind we will have ...

  • Dry Stone Walling

    Saturday 16th September 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    John Shone, a professional dry stone-waller with many years of teaching experience, will explain the techniques of the craft and you will get hands on experience in building your own section of wall on the reserve. £80pp.   Booking essential ...

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 19th September 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a walk with local nature expert Jeff to discover some amazing wildlife around the nature reserve. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Booking essential.   Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - Four Seasons of Natural History

    Wednesday 20th September 2017 @ Village Hall, The Green, Great Bowden

    Tony Clarke, recent arrival in our part of the UK, takes us through a year of natural history, emphasising aspects we rarely get talks about! Admission £2 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included. Contact Bruce White on 01858 467 ...

  • North West Local Group Event - The little owls of Leicestershire

    Friday 22nd September 2017 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Richard Peglar illustrates the lives, trials and tribulations of these delightful birds on a local site. Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410

  • Melton Local Group Event - Holwell Badger Watches

    Friday 22nd September 2017 @ Holwell Reserves

    Enjoy an evening of badger watching at Holwell Nature Reserves. £5 per adult to cover the cost of the badgers’ favourite treat of peanuts, (please note children should be over 8 years of age bearing in mind we will have ...

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Charnwood Lodge

    Saturday 23rd September 2017 @ Charnwood Lodge Nature Reserve

    Join us at this Trust nature reserve with Conservation Officer Uta Hamzaoui.    Contact Maggie Morland on 01509 890 077, Kate Moore on 01509 891 005, email [email protected] or John Spencer on 0116 236 4279  

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Pushing up the Daisies

    Wednesday 27th September 2017 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    The flora and fauna of churchyards with well known local naturalist Steve Woodward. Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact Alison Gardner on 0116 241 3598.

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - The Black to Green Project

    Friday 29th September 2017 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, Oadby, LE2 4LA

    Community Engagement Officer with the Trust, Ben Devine will talk about the National Forest project that is transforming coalfields into diverse woodland.   Admission £3, refreshments included. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810 835 or email [email protected]  

  • Melton Local Group Event - Holwell Badger Watches

    Friday 29th September 2017 @ Holwell Reserves

    Enjoy an evening of badger watching at Holwell Nature Reserves. £5 per adult to cover the cost of the badgers’ favourite treat of peanuts, (please note children should be over 8 years of age bearing in mind we will have ...

October 2017 Back to top

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 3rd October 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a walk with local nature expert Jeff to discover some amazing wildlife around the nature reserve. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Booking essential.   Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Melton Local Group Event - Stoneywell Cottage

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

    Alan Tyler will talk about this delightful National Trust property.   Contact Peter Dawson on 01664 852 119, email [email protected]  

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Fighting Wildlife Crime

    Wednesday 11th October 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    A talk by Peter Robinson, former Investigations Officer for the RSPB. Admission £2.50 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included. Contact Maggie Morland on 01509 890 077, Kate Moore on 01509 891 005, email [email protected] or John Spencer on 0116 ...

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - Recent ramblings of a natural history photographer

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

    Well known local wildlife photographer John Tinning, who has travelled extensively in his pursuit, will show us his latest superb photography.   Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact David Duckett on 0116 2597 231  

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Bats at Holwell

    Monday 16th October 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Trust Conservation Officer Jenny Harris will talk about the wildlife and bats of Holwell Nature Reserves.   Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069  

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 17th October 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a walk with local nature expert Jeff to discover some amazing wildlife around the nature reserve. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Booking essential.   Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - Tasmania and South Australia

    Wednesday 18th October 2017 @ Village Hall, The Green, Great Bowden

    Dr Sue Ablett presents an illustrated talk from one of her numerous, all over the world, adventures. Admission £2 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included. Contact Bruce White on 01858 467 976

  • North West Local Group Event - Wildlife in the garden

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

    Trust Conservation Officer Jenny Harris will explain what wildlife may be in your garden and how you can improve it.   Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410  

  • Dry Stone Walling

    Saturday 21st October 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    John Shone, a professional dry stone-waller with many years of teaching experience, will explain the techniques of the craft and you will get hands on experience in building your own section of wall on the reserve. £80pp. Booking essential please ...

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Farming and Wildlife

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

    With award winning conservationist Nicholas Watts MBE of Vine House Farm, a traditional arable farm in the Lincolnshire Fens that is farmed in a way dedicated to encourage wildlife by developing the habitats to support it. Vine House Farm grows ...

  • Frightful Reserve Ramble

    Friday 27th October 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a ghoulishly good time and carve a pumpkin, make a lantern and explore the reserve at dusk on a spooky walk. Prizes for the best fancy dress! £10pp. Booking essential please click here to book online or telephone ...

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Bats are amazing

    Friday 27th October 2017 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, Oadby, LE2 4LA

    Come and find out interesting facts about bats as Ann Greaves talks about these fascinating animals – our only flying mammal.   Admission £3, refreshments included. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810 835 or email [email protected]  

  • Hootingly Haunted Halloween

    Saturday 28th October 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    All the fun of a Halloween party with none of the fuss! 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 ...

November 2017 Back to top

  • Willow Weaving: Festive Landscapes

    Saturday 4th November 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Create beautiful Christmas landscapes using willow and other natural materials. £20pp. Booking essential please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651

  • Willow Weaving: Festive Decor

    Saturday 4th November 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    For older children and adults to learn how to make your own festive wreath or angel (or both) using willow and natural materials. £20/£30pp. Booking essential please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 7th November 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Come along for a walk with local nature expert Jeff to discover some amazing wildlife around the nature reserve. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Booking essential.   Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Getting to the heart of the matter

    Wednesday 8th November 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    Getting to the heart of the matter: an investigation into great ape cardiology. An illustrated talk by Vicky Strong. Vicky previously gave us a fascinating talk about life as a zoo vet. This month she returns to tell us about ...

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - Black to Green Project

    Thursday 9th November 2017 @ Midlands Co-operative Society Sports & Social Club, Birstall Road, Birstall LE4 4DE

    Ben Devine, the Trust’s Community Engagement Officer, will present an illustrated talk on this exciting conservation project in the Heart of the National Forest in which major habitat changes have and are occurring for the enhancement of its wildlife.   ...

  • Melton Local Group Event - Birds of Brentingby

    Monday 13th November 2017 @ United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray

    Julia Hawley will talk about the birds that can be found on the family farm where much of the land is on the floodplain of the River Eye and five areas are classed as Local Wildlife Sites. Contact Peter Dawson ...

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - Leicester and its river

    Wednesday 15th November 2017 @ Village Hall, The Green, Great Bowden

    Adrian Lane, former Senior Riverside Officer for Leicester City Council, presents an illustrated talk on the history, management and wildlife of the river Soar. Admission £2 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included. Contact Bruce White on 01858 467 976

  • North West Local Group Event - Black to Green Project

    Friday 17th November 2017 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Community Engagement Officer with the Trust Ben Devine, shows how a former mining landscape has been changed and describes how successful community involvement really works. Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 ...

  • Autumn Waders and Wildfowl

    Saturday 18th November 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    Previous highlights have included American Wigeon, Scaup, Eider and Great Northern Diver. See many of the migrating birds passing through Rutland and also those arriving for the winter. Using cars to visit various sites around the reservoir as well as ...

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Little Owls of Leicestershire

    Monday 20th November 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Richard Pegler will talk about this charming species.   Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069  

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve

    Friday 24th November 2017 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, Oadby, LE2 4LA

    A talk by Tim Mathews on this Trust reserve situated alongside the River Soar to the west of Cossington village, between the city of Leicester and Loughborough. Admission £3, refreshments included. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810 835 or email ...

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - The Falkland Islands

    Wednesday 29th November 2017 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    A journey of discovery and a penguin lovers delight with Dr Sue Ablett. Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact Alison Gardner on 0116 241 3598.

December 2017 Back to top

  • Hedgelaying course for beginners

    Saturday 9th December 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    This two-day course will give you the basic principles of the ancient art of hedgelaying from professional hedge-layer John Shone. You will lay your own section of hedge on the reserve. £80pp. Booking essential please click here to book online ...

  • Melton Local Group Event - Social Evening

    Monday 11th December 2017 @ United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray

    Social Evening. Contact Peter Dawson on 01664 852 119, email [email protected]

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Welney Wetlands

    Monday 11th December 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Leigh Marshall will talk about the wildlife, migratory and breeding birds at Welney and the Ouse washes.   Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069  

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Connecting with the natural world

    Wednesday 13th December 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    An illustrated talk by Simon Watts. Three years ago Simon gave up his job as a district nurse to make wildlife films aimed to help people reconnect with the natural world. His work has been featured on Springwatch. http://www.wildpresentations.com Admission ...

  • North West Local Group Event - My favourite wildlife destination

    Friday 15th December 2017 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    The Group’s Annual General Meeting is followed by local group members Roy Hill, Bas Forgham and Martin Vaughan describing their favourite wildlife destinations.   Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410 ...

January 2018 Back to top

  • North West Local Group Event - New Year’s Day walk at Newbold

    Monday 1st January 2018 @ New Lount Nature Reserve, Newbold

    Blow away the cobwebs and see how a coalmine and opencast site have been restored and developed into an excellent nature reserve which hosts a wide range of birds, amphibians and reptiles. Meet at New Lount Nature Reserve car gate. ...

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - New Year Walk

    Sunday 7th January 2018 @ To be confirmend

    Join the group for our traditional New Year’s walk looking particularly for signs of badger activity and their setts, which will be recorded. This morning walk will finish with a pub lunch. Full details from Pam Mynott (tel. 0116 271 ...

  • Melton Local Group Event - A Walk on the Wild Side

    Monday 8th January 2018 @ United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray

    A return visit by local photographer Richard Adams.   Contact Peter Dawson on 01664 852 119, email [email protected]  

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Farming for Wildlife

    Monday 15th January 2018 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Nicholas Watts will talk about the work he does on his farm to preserve and enhance wildlife.   Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069  

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - Extinctions, Re-introductions and Aliens

    Wednesday 17th January 2018 @ Village Hall, The Green, Great Bowden

    The Group’s Annul General Meeting will be followed by a return visit by Nigel Slater, volunteer warden at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Attenborough Nature Reserve, with a presentation covering all forms of wildlife, no doubt enhanced with some wonderful photography. Admission ...

  • North West Local Group Event - Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve

    Friday 19th January 2018 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Conservation Officer Chris Hill describes the development of the Trust’s largest nature reserve on the Soar Valley and outlines its importance to overwintering wildfowl, (Reserve visit is planned for 27th January 2018). Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 ...

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Four seasons of Natural History

    Friday 26th January 2018 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, Oadby, LE2 4LA

    A talk by wildlife photographer Tony Clarke. Admission £3, refreshments included. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810 835 or email [email protected]

  • Winter Birds Family Walk

    Saturday 27th January 2018 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, LE15 8BT

    A refreshing walk for all of the family; followed by warm drinks back at the Centre with an opportunity for children to make bird feeders. £4pp. Booking essential please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • North West Local Group Event - Visit to Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve

    Saturday 27th January 2018 @ Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve

    Visit to Cossington Meadows to hopefully see short eared owls and overwintering duck. Meet on the Rothley to Cossington road, (B5328 grid ref. 597130). Please bring wellies and warm clothes. Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret ...

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Target: 200 Tweets

    Wednesday 31st January 2018 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    Following the Group’s Annual General Meeting, Bruce White, Chairman of the Great Bowden Group, will give an illustrated talk telling of his exploits in attempting to record 200 bird species in a year.   Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact Alison ...