Cambridge Nature Festival 2022

27th May – 30th June

A selection of activities and events are listed, with many more to be added soon.

Opening Small Mammal Traps with Cambridgeshire Mammal Group

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

Join the Cambridgeshire Mammal Group in opening small mammal traps at Wandlebury Country Park. Meet at the noticeboard at the main car park at 8am. Good shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing required. All ages welcome! This activity is part of the launch event for the Cambridge Nature Festival. Limited number of places - please book …

Free

***Cambridge Nature Festival Launch*** – Wandlebury Wildlife Day

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

*** Cambridge Nature Festival Launch *** Fun and informative nature activities for all ages. Free, drop in event.   Activities include marvellous moths and mammals, guided wildflower walks, pond dipping, sweep netting, and much more!     Come and meet our wardens at the Warden Corner and learn what they do to keep the park …

Free

Butterfly Feeder Workshop

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

Explore the different stages of the fascinating lifecycle of butterflies and make a special flower that will help to attract them into your garden.

General Entry Fee

Booming Bitterns Guided Walk

Ouse Fen 10 Bluntisham Rd,, Needingworth, Willingham, Saint Ives

Join one of the Ouse Fen wardens, for a walk around the newly flooded reedbeds where Bitterns are making their homes. An evening walk is one of the best times to experience booming Bitterns. There is also the potential to see sky dancing Marsh Harriers, plus lots more. You will also see how Hanson and …

£7.10 – £17.00

True to Nature Art Exhibition: Open-air Painting in Europe 1780-1870

The Fitzwillam Museum Trumpington St, Cambridge

Eugène Decan (1829 - after 1894), Corot at his easel, Crècy-en-Brie, oil on canvas, The Fitzwilliam Museum, bequeathed by John Tillotson, 1984, received 1985, PD.132-1985 Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. An integral part of art education in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, open-air painting was a core practice for emerging artists …

Free

Boat Trips at Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

A different way to experience the Fen, our 50-minute boat trip along Wicken Lode is a relaxing and peaceful journey into the heart of the reserve.  Our open boat Mayfly seats up to 12 passengers; we offer 2 trips a day Wed - Fri, 12 noon and 2pm, and 3 a day at weekends, at …

£4 – £7

Paper Snakes!

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

That snake could be venomous! Or perhaps its mimicking something deadly to avoid being eaten... Find out about different adaptions of snakes in the UK and beyond and create your own species!

General Entry Fee

Queen Bee Trail at Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Follow our seasonal trails around Sedge Fen routes on the Boardwalk and Woodland Walk to find out lots of fun and fascinating facts about bees.  Follow up with simple craft activities in our Visitor Centre family alcove. No booking required - drop-in activity

Wicken Fen Entrance Fee

Fabulous Fungi

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

We consider the vital role of fungi in our ecosystem; as well as making our own striking fungi sculptures to take home.  

General Entry Fee

Animal Faces in Wild Spaces – Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology Downing Place, Cambridge

      Image credit: University of Cambridge Join us as we explore the wildlife of town and countryside. Add your animals to the local habitats we are building in the Museum and find out how you can help the wildlife in your patch at this family event. Drop-in – no booking required. Free.

Free

Feed the Birds

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

Transform an empty toilet roll tube into a fabulous bird feeder for your garden! All materials provided. Suitable for all ages, although seed mix may contain traces of nuts.

General Entry Fee

Wildlife Friendly Gardening Trail – CU Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

            This self-led trail will take you around the Botanic Garden from the viewpoint of the wildlife that it supports, and hopes to inspire you to think of your garden as more than just a place for recreation, growing food or a place of beauty and relaxation, but also an …

Garden Admission Fee

Pond Dipping at Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Delve into the watery world of Wicken Fen to find out what is living beneath the surface. All equipment provided, plus a helping hand to identify the creatures you find. Child ticket £4.00                           Booking essential - please book via link below Sessions: 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

£4

Paper Beetles

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

Beetles are so varied that they make up 40% of all insect species and 25% of all animal species on Earth! There are currently recorded 350,000 different species of beetle that have been discovered, but it's very likely that there are many more out there waiting to be found. Find out a bit more about …

General Entry Fee

Online talk: Cool as a caterpillar: Researching across the butterfly life cycle – Zoology Museum

Online Talk

     Climate change is threatening many ecosystems worldwide. In order to manage and conserve species, we need to understand the effects of temperature on wildlife. However, conservation is challenged by knowledge gaps in how this will affect species across different stages in their life cycle. Esme Ashe-Jepson discusses temperature’s role in the small blue’s …

Free

Heartbeat Walks at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey Quy Rd, Lode,, Cambridge

Every Thursday. Get out and about in nature with a walk to boost your health too! Our weekly health walk takes place every Thursday at 10:00am. The walks are 3 - 4 miles long, lasting around one hour, on paths through flat and open countryside around Anglesey Abbey. There is no charge to take part and …

Free

Butterfly Feeder Workshop

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

Explore the different stages of the fascinating lifecycle of butterflies and make a special flower that will help to attract them into your garden.

General Entry Fee

Paper Snakes!

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

That snake could be venomous! Or perhaps its mimicking something deadly to avoid being eaten... Find out about different adaptions of snakes in the UK and beyond and create your own species!

General Entry Fee

Family Saturday: The Queen Bee

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

Free family drop in activity. In celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, join us to make a fabulous queen bee and take her on a journey to visit the royal plants of the Botanic Garden.

Garden Admission Fee

Fabulous Fungi

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

We consider the vital role of fungi in our ecosystem; as well as making our own striking fungi sculptures to take home.

General Entry Fee

Bat Detecting Evening – Wandlebury Country Park

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

Join us for an evening to explore the amazing world of bats. The event will begin with a short introductory talk on bats in general and the species we have here in Cambridgeshire, and will touch on common myths about bats. Armed with bat detectors, we will then go for a walk as it is …

Free

Feed the Birds

Cambridge Science Centre 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge

Transform an empty toilet roll tube into a fabulous bird feeder for your garden! All materials provided. Suitable for all ages, although seed mix may contain traces of nuts.

General Entry Fee

Early Morning Nature Wander – CU Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

Join us on an early morning guided nature walk around the Garden and indulge in the unique opportunity to explore the plants and their associated wildlife before anyone else arrives. Places are limited so please book via the “What’s on” link below that will go live shortly or call 01223 336265

£5

Moth Trapping – CU Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

This is an opportunity to join our team of moth enthusiasts as we check the light trap for moths. We have been monitoring moths in the Garden every Fri morning since 2018. Discover which species occur in the Garden and how to identify them. Places are limited so please book via the “What’s on” link …

Free but does not include entry to the Garden