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December 2017 Back to top

North West Local Group Event - My favourite wildlife destination

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 ...

Terry’s Friday Walk

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 ...

January 2018 Back to top

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

Hedgelaying course for beginners

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 ...

Heart of the Forest Wildlife Watch Group – Show & Tell

Show & Tell. Bring in your natural collections and make a collection box.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. ...

Braunstone Wildlife Watch Group – Fire Lighting & Cooking

Fire Lighting & Cooking. A group favourite - light your own small fire then get cooking over the fire wok.   Wildlife Watch groups are ...

Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - New Year Walk

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 ...

Melton Local Group Event - A Walk on the Wild Side

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

Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

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). ...

Wild Walk: Starling Murmuration at Cossington Meadows FULLY BOOKED

FULLY BOOKED   Visit Cossington Meadows with Conservation Officer Chris Hill to delight in this winter spectacle. Please bring your binoculars to follow the display ...

Charnwood Local Group Event - Beetling about in VC55

An illustrated talk by Graham Finch who will tell us about finding, identifying and recording beetles in Licestershire & Rutland, (Vice County 55). Admission £2.50 ...

Brocks Hill Wildlife Watch Group – Badgers or Birds

Badgers or Birds - to be confirmed.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. Children aged under 8 must be ...

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group – Get stuck in

Get stuck in. Come and be a warden for the morning and help to look after the reserve.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for ...

Rutland Local Group Event - Farming for Wildlife

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

Wildlife Book Club

If you love reading and wildlife, this Book Club and its monthly meetings could be for you! Please get in touch with Holly, our Community ...

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

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 ...

North West Local Group Event - Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve

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 ...

Winter Wildfowl Day with Terry Mitcham

Previous highlights have included American Wigeon, Scaup, Eider and Great Northern Diver.  Using cars we will check areas away from the reserves if necessary – ...

Terry’s Friday Walk

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 ...

Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Four Seasons of Natural History

Wildlife photographer Tony Clarke will take us through a year of natural history, emphasising aspects of nature that we don't often get to see. Admission ...

Winter Birds Family Walk

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. ...

North West Local Group Event - Visit to 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 SK 597 130). ...

Humberstone Local Group Event - Target: 200 Tweets

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 ...

February 2018 Back to top

Hedgelaying course for beginners

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 ...

Heart of the Forest Wildlife Watch Group – Music to my ears

Music to my ears. Enjoy the sounds of nature and make some of your own.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 ...

Braunstone Wildlife Watch Group – Den Building

Den Building with sticks, rope & tarpaulins.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. Children aged under 8 must be ...

Tuesday Guided Walk With Jeff

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). ...

Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - AGM & Quiz

Badger Group AGM. After our formal business we will have a quiz and there will be refreshments with drinks available at the bar. Contact David Duckett ...

Family Nestbox Challenge

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 ...

Brocks Hill Wildlife Watch Group – Feathers, Beaks, Nests

Feathers, Beaks, Nests. Find out about our common garden birds and winter migrants. Build a bird box and a bird feeder for your garden.   ...

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group – Fire

Learn how to safely light a fire and cook something yummy for your tummy.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. ...

Melton Local Group Event - Sri Lanka Wildlife Paradise

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

Winter Explorers

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 Book Club

If you love reading and wildlife, this Book Club and its monthly meetings could be for you! Please get in touch with Holly, our Community ...

Charnwood Local Group Event - Peatlands of Borneo

Dr Sara Thornton is an interdisciplinary conservation researcher with a focus on the tropical peat-swamp forests of Indonesian Borneo. She will draw on her personal ...

North West Local Group Event - Wetlands and Hedgehogs

Andrew Heaton describes the wetlands of Leicestershire and the River Mease. Phil and Wendy Lee explain how to encourage hedgehogs and care for them. Admission ...

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

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 ...

Great Bowden Local Group Event - Target 200 Tweets

Group Chairman Bruce White presents an illustrated talk on tales of his exploits in attempting to record 200 species of bird in a year. Admission ...

Terry’s Friday Walk

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 ...

North West Local Group Event - Local Group Meal

Enjoy a meal at The Beeches, Burton Road, Ashby, with your wildlife friends and hear the latest news.   Contact David Maltby on 01530 222 ...

Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Amazing Wildlife

Malcolm Hupman will talk about his hobby of photographing amazing wildlife.   Admission £3, refreshments included. Contact Stuart Mucklejohn on 0116 2810 835 or email ...

Humberstone Local Group Event - Thornton Reservoir: My Patch

A return visit by Andy Smith with a local talk on what turns up in the birding world if you regularly watch an area. Admission ...

March 2018 Back to top

Hedgelaying course for beginners

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 ...

Heart of the Forest Wildlife Watch Group – Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping. Discover the animals living under the water, (location to be confirmed).   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. ...

Braunstone Wildlife Watch Group – Great British Spring Clean

Great British Spring Clean. Come and help clean up our local patch. Part of Keep Britain Tidy campaign.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for ...

Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - Recording the wildlife of Leicestershire & Rutland

Dave Nicholls will give an illustrated talk on NatureSpot which was set up to record all the species of plants, animals and fungi in our ...

Brocks Hill Wildlife Watch Group – Bushcraft

Learn how to survive in the woodland at Lucas Marsh.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged 5 -12 years. Children aged under ...

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group – Through the magnifying glass

Through the magnifying glass. A close up look with some of the smallest residents of the nature reserve.   Wildlife Watch groups are suitable for children aged ...

Melton Local Group Event - Living wild in Patagonia

Michael Webster spends months of each year in South America and will introduce us to Patagonia and its rarest bird the hooded grebe. Contact Peter ...

Charnwood Local Group Event - Management of Watermead Country Park North’s Reedbed Reserve

The Group’s AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk by Dale Osborne, Ranger at Watermead Country Park. Find out about the history, the objectives, ...

North West Local Group Event - Mammals: How to help

Audrey Watson of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation explains how to manage threats to mammal re-introductions and ways of helping declining species. Admission ...

Rutland Local Group Event - Wild Bees

Following the group’s AGM, Peter Chatwin and Pamela Martin will talk about wild bees and pollination. Their art and science pollination adventures as they nicely ...

Great Bowden Local Group Event - Dragonflies & your garden

Claire Install, Trust Senior Conservation Officer, tells us what dragonflies we might expect to see in our gardens and what to do to entice them ...

Dry Stone Walling

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 ...

Easter Explorers

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 ...

Humberstone Local Group Event - Four Seasons of Natural History

Wildlife photographer Tony Clarke will take us through a year of natural history, emphasising aspects of nature we don’t often get to see. Admission £2, ...

April 2018 Back to top

Oadby & Wigston Local Group Event - Target 200 Tweets

Bruce White chairman of the Great Bowden Local Group will give an illustrated talk on his exploits in attempting to record 200 species of birds ...

Willow Weaving – Plant Supports

Create a functional masterpiece for your garden with a sculptural obelisk for your climbing plants. £20pp. Booking essential, please click here to book online or telephone 01572 ...

Melton Local Group Event - An evening with Roy Cleaver

An evening with Roy Cleaver. Contact Peter Dawson on 01664 852 119, email [email protected]

Charnwood Local Group Event - Dragonflies & your garden

Claire Install, Trust Senior Conservation Officer and former Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society will talk about dragonflies’ life cycles and behaviour, what you ...

Leicestershire & Rutland Badger Group Event - Bats are amazing

Come and find out interesting facts about bats as Ann Gleave presents an illustrated talk about this fascinating group of flying mammals.  Admission £2, refreshments ...

Willow Weaving – Plant Supports

Create a functional masterpiece for your garden with a sculptural obelisk for your climbing plants. £20pp. Booking essential, please click here to book online or telephone 01572 ...

North West Local Group Event - Local bridges and their wildlife

Jools Partridge, Wildlife Officer at Leicestershire County Council, describes how wildlife affects his work on the bridges and structures of the built environment.  Admission £3. ...

Humberstone Local Group Event - Butterflies

Trust Membership Officer and butterfly enthusiast Matthew Billings will tell us what to look out for throughout the year and how to differentiate between the ...

May 2018 Back to top

North West Local Group Event - Butterfly Foray

Trust Conservation Officer Ben Devine leads a butterfly foray at Donisthorpe Woodland Park, (Grid Ref SK 317 142). Help to survey the local population of ...

North West Local Group Event - Cloud Wood in Spring

See, listen and smell the delights of spring in this wonderful Trust woodland nature reserve. Meet in the lay-by on the Griffydam to Tonge road ...

Willow Weaving – Garden Sculptures

Learn the basics of willow weaving by creating a beautiful set of garden related items – snail, dragonfly, flower. £50pp (includes materials and lunch). Booking ...

Spring Explorers

For 5–10 year olds. On this late spring day we will search for spring migrants and other bugs and beasties that call the reserve home. ...