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Local groups

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Watch has a network of local groups where children meet and have fun exploring their local environments.

Releasing Great tit at Wildlife Watch Family Event 

  • Make friends with other nature detectives
  • Have lots of fun 
  • Get hands on with wildlife from pond dipping to wildlife safaris.

Wildlife Watch groups are free to join and welcome new members. They are organised by trained volunteer Leaders and Helpers who know about the local wildlife and wild places.

Meetings are suitable for children aged 5 - 12. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent/carer throughout the activity.

See the events section for information on Wildlife Watch group meetings coming up.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL for all meetings - please book by the Monday before each meeting to allow the volunteer leaders to plan and prepare. Remember that groups do not always meet in the same place. To avoid disappointment, please confirm meeting times and locations when booking.

NB No dogs allowed at Wildlife Watch groups or events.

Attenborough Arboretum Wildlife Watch Group 

Brocks Hill Wildlife Watch group

Attenborough Arboretum Wildlife Watch Group meets at Attenborough Arboretum in Knighton and regularly visits other sites across Leicestershire.

Meetings are usually on the second Saturday of the month between 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The group is run by Leaders Elaine Roberts, Hilary Radley and Caroline Pepper. 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Please go to Upcoming events 

Heart of the Forest Wildlife Watch Group

The new Heart of the Forest Wildlife Watch Group usually meets at Hicks Lodge, near Moira 

Meetings are usually on the first Saturday of the month between 10am - 12.00pm. 

The group is run by Leaders Kat Turner and Rebecca Short

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Please go to Upcoming events

(Hicks Lodge is a Forestry Commission site. Pay and display parking charges apply. The charges are £1 for 1 hour or £3 for all day. Money raised from this car park goes towards the maintenance of the visitor centre, the trails and the wider forest.) 

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group

Rutland Water Wildlife Watch Group usually meet at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton and visits the reserve and surrounding area.

Meetings are usually on the second Sunday each month from 10.00am – 12.00pm. 

The group is run by Leaders Jenny Hall and Jo Dunsheath.

Please book a place online at www.rutlandwater.org.uk/event-list/