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January 2017 Back to top

  • 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.

  • Terry’s Friday Walk

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

    These 3-hour walks are led by Terry Mitcham, the bird recorder of Rutland Natural History Society, and a very experienced birdwatcher. He regularly runs bird identification courses and has written several books. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Please click ...

  • 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 2810 835 or email [email protected]

  • Winter Birds Family Walk

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

    Join us for a refreshing winter walk, followed by a warming drink and the opportunity for the children to make a bird feeder. £4pp. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

February 2017 Back to top

  • Hedgelaying Weekend for Beginners

    Saturday 4th February 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    On this two-day course you will have a brief introduction to this ancient art, learn what's involved, when to hedge-lay and how. You will then lay your own section of hedge. £80pp. Please click here to book online or telephone ...

  • Wild Walk: Bryophytes of Ulverscroft

    Saturday 4th February 2017 @ Ulverscroft Nature Reserve

    Discover the hidden world of mosses & liverworts at Ulverscroft Nature Reserve with Conservation Officer Uta Hamzaoui. Learn how to identify Heath Plait-moss, Ciliated Fringewort, Wood Bristle-moss and more in their special Charnwood Forest habitats. NB The ground is uneven ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Animal Dens & Houses

    Sunday 5th February 2017 @ 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 ...

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 7th February 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. Booking is essential, £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5).  Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Galapagos Islands

    Wednesday 8th February 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    An illustrated tour of the islands by Keith Noble featuring giant tortoises, sea lions, albatrosses and the influence of Darwin. After 30 years with the RSPB, Keith now spends much of his time watching and photographing wildlife in mid-Wales.   ...

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - Birds and Birding in Leicestershire and Rutland: 1941, today and 2041

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

    Following the Group’s AGM, Peter Williams, Chairman of the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society, will present an illustrated talk looking at changes in birds and birding over the past 75 years and what might happen over the next 25 years. ...

  • Nestbox Challenge

    Saturday 11th February 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    Build a bird box, bat box, bug box or hedgehog box as well as a bird feeder. Booking essential £10pp (hedgehog box has a £5 supplement). Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Waking up the Trees

    Saturday 11th February 2017 @ 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 Obelisks

    Saturday 11th February 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    Create a functional masterpiece for your garden with a sculptural obelisk for your climbing plants. £20pp. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – On the trail of slugs & snails

    Sunday 12th February 2017 @ 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 - With Peter Dawson and Roy Cleaver.

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

    Various wildlife topics with Peter Dawson and Roy Cleaver. Contact George Kerr on 01664 823 665, email [email protected]

  • Nature Explorers - Winter

    Wednesday 15th February 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    For 5–10 year olds. Explore the nature reserve and learn all about the habitats we have here, how they change in winter and how the wildlife adapts to the seasons. £30pp.  Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 ...

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - River Restoration for People and Wildlife at Market Harborough

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

    Prof David Harper, Secretary of the Welland Rivers Trust, talks about the recent work undertaken on the River Welland through the town centre.   Admission £2 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included. Contact Bruce White on 01858 467 976 ...

  • North West Local Group Event - The new Bardon quarry

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

    Phil Jackson, Biodiversity Advisor for Aggregate Industries, describes the development of the new quarry and outlines how the ecological mitigation measures will be put in place.  Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 034 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 ...

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Hedgehogs

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

    With Senior Hedgehog Officer for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Simon Thompson. Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Best of the Cape

    Wednesday 22nd February 2017 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    A sample of some of the varied wildlife and landscapes of the tip of the African Continent, with Andy Smith.  From iridescent sunbirds to ostrich, Klippspringers to Bontebok, Table Mountain to Robben Island, and Southern Right Whales to Great White Sharks. ...

  • Terry’s Friday Walk

    Friday 24th February 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    These 3-hour walks are led by Terry Mitcham, the bird recorder of Rutland Natural History Society, and a very experienced birdwatcher. He regularly runs bird identification courses and has written several books. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Please click ...

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Extremadura and the Gredos Mountains

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

    Pam Darby will talk about a beautiful area of central Spain, its lovely scenery and fantastic wildlife.  Admission £3, refreshments included. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810 835 or email [email protected]

  • Willow Obelisks

    Saturday 25th February 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    Create a functional masterpiece for your garden with a sculptural obelisk for your climbing plants. £20pp. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Habitat Management Walk and Talk

    Saturday 25th February 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Join our Reserves Officer for an informative talk and walk around the reserve. With a focus on ‘why we do what we do?’ £15pp. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Recording Conference

    Sunday 26th February 2017 @ The Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley, LE7 7PR

    Join us for the annual Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Recording Conference where there will be talks on a variety of natural history subjects as well as the opportunity to chat to County Recorders and see stands from a wide variety ...

March 2017 Back to top

  • Willow Obelisks

    Wednesday 1st March 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    Create a functional masterpiece for your garden with a sculptural obelisk for your climbing plants. £20pp. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Hedgelaying Weekend for Beginners

    Saturday 4th March 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    On this two-day course you will have a brief introduction to this ancient art, learn what's involved, when to hedge-lay and how. You will then lay your own section of hedge. £80pp. Please click here to book online or telephone ...

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Coppicing

    Sunday 5th March 2017 @ Braunstone Wildlife Watch group – Location to be confirmed

    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 ...

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 7th March 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. Booking essential £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Leicestershire Churchyards

    Wednesday 8th March 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    The Group’s AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk on the natural history of Leicestershire Churchyards by Steve Woodward.   Admission £2.50 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included. Contact Maggie Morland on 01509 890 077, Kate Moore on ...

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - Leicester Riverside Flora and Fauna

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

    Adrian Lane, former Senior Riverside Officer for Leicester City Council, will give an illustrated talk on this interesting aspect of our local wildlife.  Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact David Duckett on 0116 2597 231

  • Children’s Wildlife Watch Group – Nest Building

    Saturday 11th March 2017 @ 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 – Frogs, Toads & Newts

    Sunday 12th March 2017 @ 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 - British Wildlife in Macro

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

    British Wildlife in Macro with Nigel Spencer.   Contact George Kerr on 01664 823 665, email [email protected]  

  • Great Bowden Local Group Event - The Plants and Flowers of Coastal Britain

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

    A trip around the coast of Britain highlighting the variety of plants and flowers as seen through the lens of Eric Webster from the Loughborough Naturalists' Society. Admission £2 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included. Contact Bruce White on ...

  • Rutland Local Group Event - Dragonflies

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

    An illustrated talk on Dragonflies by Trust Senior Conservation Officer Claire Install.   Admission £1. Contact Becky Ward on 01572 345 069  

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 21st March 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. Booking essential £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.  

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - Farming and Wildlife

    Wednesday 22nd March 2017 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    Farming and Wildlife with award winning conservationist, Nicholas Watts MBE, owner of Vine House Farm. His traditional arable farm in the Lincolnshire Fens is farmed in a way to encourage wildlife and develop the habitats to support it. VHF grows ...

  • Terry’s Friday Walk

    Friday 24th March 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    These 3-hour walks are led by Terry Mitcham, the bird recorder of Rutland Natural History Society, and a very experienced birdwatcher. He regularly runs bird identification courses and has written several books. £10 pp, (Annual Permit Holder £5). Please click ...

  • Dry Stone Walling

    Saturday 25th March 2017 @ Volunteer Training Centre, off Oakham Road, Hambleton, LE15 8AD

    Professional dry stone waller John Shone of Rutland Willows, will explain the basic principles of stone wall building and you will build your own section of wall on the reserve. £80pp. Booking essential. Please click here to book online or ...

  • Wild Talk: Dragonfly Workshop

    Monday 27th March 2017 @ The Old Mill, Leicester LE3 5DE

    Visit the Trust’s Head Office for a Dragonfly Workshop led by Senior Conservation Officer Claire Install, former Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society. Learn how to identify all the local species before the 2017 flight season gets underway.   ...

  • North West Local Group Event - Twycross Zoo and conservation

    Friday 31st March 2017 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    A member of the zoo’s education staff will describe the history of the zoo, its current activities and future conservation programme. Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 034 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410

  • Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Fire on the Isles of Scilly

    Friday 31st March 2017 @ Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, Oadby, LE2 4LA

    The mad world of the British twitcher on the Isles of Scilly with Ken Reeves. Rare American birds, the Islands, scenery, boats, flights and public houses.   Admission £3, refreshments included. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810 835 or email ...

April 2017 Back to top

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 4th April 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 - AGM followed by an illustrated talk.

    Monday 10th April 2017 @ United Reform Church, Chapel Street, Melton Mowbray

    The Group’s AGM followed by an illustrated talk.   Contact George Kerr on 01664 823 665, email [email protected]  

  • Charnwood Local Group Event - Living Wild in South America

    Wednesday 12th April 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    Michael and Paula Webster live much of each year in South America photographing, filming and studying the wildlife of the Andes. Their illustrated talk explores this fascinating area and its unique wildlife.  Admission £2.50 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments ...

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 18th April 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.  

  • North West Local Group Event - A virtual tour of remote and beautiful South America

    Friday 21st April 2017 @ Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

    Michael and Paula Webster take us to some of the beautiful and remote areas of South America with its diverse environment, people and wildlife.  Admission £3. Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 034 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410

  • Willow Garden Sculpture

    Saturday 22nd April 2017 @ Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton LE15 8BT

    Learn the basics of willow weaving by creating a beautiful set of garden related items – snail/dragonfly/flower. £50pp. Booking essential. Please click here to book online or telephone 01572 770 651.

  • Wild Walk: Springtime in Great Merrible Wood

    Saturday 22nd April 2017 @ Great Merrible Wood

    Join Conservation Officer Andy Lear for a ramble around Great Merrible Wood to identify the spring flora and discover more of this Eye Brook valley reserve. NB The ground is uneven and can be very wet in places.   Booking ...

  • Humberstone Local Group Event - The Story of Britain's Urban Badgers

    Wednesday 26th April 2017 @ Netherhall Neighbourhood Centre, Armadale Drive, Leicester

    Ben Devine, Community Engagement Officer (Black to Green Project) at the Trust, will tell us about the rise of the urban badger, how they live amongst us and the challenges this can present. Admission £2, refreshments included. Contact Alison Gardner ...

May 2017 Back to top

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 2nd May 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 - Not another Wildlife Quiz!

    Wednesday 10th May 2017 @ Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

    Enjoy a fun social evening with another chance to test your general knowledge and lateral thinking. Organise a team beforehand or join a team on the night. Bring your own drinks and nibbles to help the evening along. Admission £2.50 ...

  • Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

    Tuesday 16th May 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 Walk: Spring Wildflowers at Narborough Bog

    Friday 19th May 2017 @ Narborough Bog Nature Reserve

    Conservation Officers John Bristow & Uta Hamzaoui lead a spring walk at this interesting mosaic of reed bed, grassland and wet woodland. Learn about the fascinating history & management of the site with a focus on the special plants of ...