Cambridge Nature Festival 2023

26th May – 2nd July

A celebration of the nature on our doorstep!

 

Reedbed Ramble at RSPB Ouse Fen

Ouse Fen RSPB Ouse Fen Reserve, Shelford’s Road, Earith

Join David Chandler one of our expert volunteers, for a walk around the newest part of the reserve to look at all the wildlife that is starting to colonise. At this time of year, the reserve is alive with all sorts of sights and sounds which our knowledgeable volunteer will be able to show you. …

£7.10 – £17.00

Wednesday Walk at Wimpole Hall – National Trust

Wimpole Hall Wimpole Estate, Arrington,, Royston

Enjoy the estate from a different perspective and discover the best bits of the parkland and countryside by joining our volunteer guides on a Wednesday Walk.   Each week takes in a different route, varying in distance and taking in different highlights around the estate. Our Wednesday Walks are usually between 3 - 5 miles, …

General Entry Fee

Bat Punt Safaris

Cambridge City

Grab this chance to see our fantastic local bat population as they emerge from hibernation in May and follow their activities until their return to a snug hideout for winter.     The tours are led by knowledgeable Wildlife Trust Bat Experts and they'll make sure you get the most from your experience. The tours …

£32

An Introduction to Natural Oil Paint Making

David Parr House 184 Gwydir Street, Cambridge

Discover the secret of making paints using natural pigment rocks and learn various techniques for how to use them. You’ll also explore the creative potential of your handmade paints and produce a natural painting to take home!   In this hands-on day workshop, you will discover the secret of making paints using natural pigment rocks …

£95

Wildlife Watch – Marvellous Meadows

Trumpington Meadows Grantchester Road, Trumpington, Cambridge

Sweep netting in the wildflower meadows - we'll catch a variety of insects and have a chance to look at the variety of colourful flowers. Followed by a fun craft!  Our Wildlife Watch sessions are run by Trust staff and volunteers and are aimed at 5 to 11 year olds, but younger and older children are …

£5

Moth Trapping and Bat Walk at Logan’s Meadow

Logan's Meadow Logan's Way, Chesterton,, Cambridge

Come and see some magical moths dance in the bright light of moth traps and help to identify them with an expert! Please bring a torch and sunglasses (big moth trap is very bright!) and wear clothes suitable for outdoor activities. Moth traps will be in the reedbed corner of the meadow near the woods …

Free

Bat Punt Safaris

Cambridge City

Grab this chance to see our fantastic local bat population as they emerge from hibernation in May and follow their activities until their return to a snug hideout for winter.     The tours are led by knowledgeable Wildlife Trust Bat Experts and they'll make sure you get the most from your experience. The tours …

£32

Moth Trap Opening & Identification at Logan’s Meadow

Logan's Meadow Logan's Way, Chesterton,, Cambridge

Come and help identify the moths that were caught overnight! ID guides and expert advice will be on hand. All welcome. Children must be supervised. Meet in the reedbed corner of the meadow near the woods (what3words location spot.tens.broken)

Free

Marvellous Moths at Wandlebury Country Park

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

Come and have a look at the marvellous moths caught overnight at Wandlebury Country Park! With about 2,500 species in the UK, moths exhibit an extraordinary variety of form, colouration and lifestyle. The mysteries of night flying moths will be revealed by an expert lepidopterist who will be on hand to help identify species and …

Free

Sunday Stroll at Wimpole Hall

Wimpole Hall Wimpole Estate, Arrington,, Royston

Join us on Sundays at 11am. These strolls last for around an hour. You'll be guided on a mile or so walk and talk on Wimpole, its beautiful landscape, history and people. Our Sunday Strolls are roughly 1 mile long and are across a variety of terrains, so please do take this into consideration when …

General Entry Fee

Native and introduced medicinal plants growing at Madingley Hall

Madingley Hall Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge

As part of the Cambridge Nature Festival join Julie Dore, Medicinal Herbalist, for a walk around the Madingley Garden exploring the variety of native and introduced medicinal plants growing there, and learn about their uses and value to both our ancestors and today. The event is free but places are limited and must be booked in …

Free

Summer Wildflowers of Wandlebury

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

Want to learn more about wild flowers? Enjoy a gentle walk around the woods and meadows of Wandlebury with one of the Wardens who will help you to identify our wild flowers in summer. Wear footwear and clothing for being outdoors. Meet at the notice board in the car park at Wandlebury Country Park at …

Free

Summer Wildflowers of Coton

Coton Countryside Reserve Grantchester Rd,, Cambridge

Gentle guided walk to learn about summer wild flowers at Coton Countryside Reserve. Led by a knowledgeable Cambridge Past, Present & Future Warden, who will help you to identify wild flowers using features such as colour, form and habitat. Please wear footwear and clothing for being outdoors. There are no toilets. Meet at the large …

Free

Wellbeing through Nature Workshop – National Trust

Anglesey Abbey Quy Rd, Lode,, Cambridge

An experienced mental health coach will take you on a scenic walk through beautiful natural surroundings, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the outdoors. As you walk, you will be led through mindfulness exercises that will help you to focus your attention, calm your mind, and reduce stress. This walking …

£25

Wednesday Walk at Wimpole Hall – National Trust

Wimpole Hall Wimpole Estate, Arrington,, Royston

Enjoy the estate from a different perspective and discover the best bits of the parkland and countryside by joining our volunteer guides on a Wednesday Walk.   Each week takes in a different route, varying in distance and taking in different highlights around the estate. Our Wednesday Walks are usually between 3 - 5 miles, …

General Entry Fee

Zoology Live! Goes Urban: The Livestream – Cambridge Museum of Zoology

Online

Join us LIVE online as we chat to experts about urban wildlife, plus we will be showcasing the amazing work of our Young Zoologists. Get your urban wildlife questions ready for our experts on the night! This event will be live via YouTube. Click here to follow the livestream. 

Free

Bat Punt Safaris

Cambridge City

Grab this chance to see our fantastic local bat population as they emerge from hibernation in May and follow their activities until their return to a snug hideout for winter.     The tours are led by knowledgeable Wildlife Trust Bat Experts and they'll make sure you get the most from your experience. The tours …

£32

Coton Orchard Bioblitz

Coton Orchard Coton Orchard Garden Centre, Cambridge Road, Cambridge

Coton Orchard Bioblitz with On the Verge, Cambridge Saturday 1 and Sunday 2nd July 2023 We will be surveying this 100 year-old orchard for bees, butterflies, bats, moths, lichen, small mammals and more to see what this fabulous habitat contains. Over the first weekend in July, we shall be taking a ‘snapshot’ of the wildlife …

Free

Brunch at Histon Orchard – find out more about local wildlife

Histon Community Orchard Histon, Cambridge

Come along to the Community Orchard in Histon and Impington between 10am and Midday on Saturday 2 July.  We’ll be serving cooked breakfast, with teas, coffees, juice and croissants if you’d prefer. There’ll be an interesting range of wildlife stalls so it’s a great opportunity to find out about local wildlife.  So far we have: …

Free

Zoology Live! Goes Urban – Cambridge Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology Downing Place, Cambridge

Join us at the Museum as we discover and celebrate urban animals at this family activity day. Lots of craft activities going on in the Museum, plus a chance to add your own creative artwork to our Zoology Garden! We will be joined by The Wildlife Trust and the RSPB to celebrate our urban wildlife, …

Free

Reedbed Ramble at RSPB Ouse Fen

Ouse Fen RSPB Ouse Fen Reserve, Shelford’s Road, Earith

Join David Chandler one of our expert volunteers, for a walk around the newest part of the reserve to look at all the wildlife that is starting to colonise. At this time of year, the reserve is alive with all sorts of sights and sounds which our knowledgeable volunteer will be able to show you. …

£7.10 – £17.00

Mini BioBlitz Nature Survey at Harlton Woods

Harlton Woods High St, Harlton, Cambridge

Harlton Woods in South Cambridgeshire is a special and unique site which was once an ancient clunch pit. In 2007 then-Harlton resident Martin Johns produced a record, created over a span of years, of wildlife in the area. Containing over 2,000 files, the record includes flowers, trees, fungi and invertebrates.  16 years later, we are …

Free

Bat Punt Safaris

Cambridge City

Grab this chance to see our fantastic local bat population as they emerge from hibernation in May and follow their activities until their return to a snug hideout for winter.     The tours are led by knowledgeable Wildlife Trust Bat Experts and they'll make sure you get the most from your experience. The tours …

£32

Sunday Stroll at Wimpole Hall

Wimpole Hall Wimpole Estate, Arrington,, Royston

Join us on Sundays at 11am. These strolls last for around an hour. You'll be guided on a mile or so walk and talk on Wimpole, its beautiful landscape, history and people. Our Sunday Strolls are roughly 1 mile long and are across a variety of terrains, so please do take this into consideration when …

General Entry Fee

Tunes for Nature at Tall Trees – Live Music **Festival Finale**

Talll Trees 67 Lensfield Rd,, Cambridge

Head down to the beautiful venue that is Tall Trees for a night of fantastic live music, with proceeds going to the Cambridge Nature Network. To round off an incredible month of nature based activities and events, Tall Trees will be hosting an evening of live music with nature-themed cocktails and mocktails brewed from sustainable …

Free