Cambridge Nature Festival 2022

27th May – 30th June

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!

Garden Admission Fee

Jesus Green Bat Walk

Jesus Green Jesus Green,, Cambridge

Join Cambridge Bat Group on a walk to discover the bats using Jesus Green. No booking required. Meet by the Lower Parks Street entrance, by the start to Jesus Ditch. Bat detectors will be provided.

Free

Wild Food Tour – Sustainable foraging and invasive species

Talll Trees 67 Lensfield Rd,, Cambridge

Join us on our wild food tour of Cambridge.... where we will look at what edibles can be found in our beautiful city, along with some poisonous ones too! We will talk about sustainable practices, see some invasive species and discuss how we at The Foraging Chef preserve these plants for future culinary use. Meet …

£50

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

Grazing for Landscape – a guided walk to meet the herds at Wicken Fen

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

Discover the principles behind extensive grazing as a way of restoring and managing landscape-scale habitats on this walk with Wicken Fen’s expert ranger, Carol Laidlaw. Our koniks (ponies) and highland cattle out on the wider reserve at Wicken Fen have become an iconic part of the landscape, and a favourite with many visitors.  Living out …

£10

Reptiles of Cambridgeshire – Online Pre-recorded Talk

Youtube

Join an expert from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group as they take you on a journey to discover the hidden lives of the creatures just under our noses, but that we barely see! Watch via the link - available at: https://youtu.be/pLf3vuYnUkQ

Free

Zoology Live! – Museum of Zoology and Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Zoom

  Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 June, 7pm-8pm. Online. Free. Sign up for notifications: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zoology-live-2022-wildlife-past-present-and-future-tickets-336484382847?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Join the Museum of Zoology on YouTube for two fantastic livestreams broadcast live from the Museum of Zoology at 7pm on Tuesday 21 June, and from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden at 7pm on Wednesday 22 June. This year Zoology …

Free

Summer Wildflowers of Coton **Cancelled**

Coton Countryside Reserve Grantchester Rd,, Cambridge

**This guided walk has been cancelled** 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 …

Free

Wednesday Wander at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes

Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Fen Drayton Road,, Cambridge

Join our knowledgeable volunteers for a walk around the reserve lakes and trails, taking in the seasonal highlights and sights and sounds of the wildlife that calls Fen Drayton Lakes home. Tickets are available online.

£3.50 – £8.00

BioBlitz 2022 with the Museum of Zoology and CU Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

Explore the Cambridge Botanic Garden wildlife, helping to count as many species as possible! Join a nature walk or workshop and help us discover, identify and record the wonderful wild animals and plants of the Garden. There will also be plenty of drop in activities for families too, including minibeast hunts, pond dipping, crafts and …

£5

Cambridge Ahead’s City of Quarters – imagining sustainable neighbourhoods

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

A tree lined street from Guangzhou, China, provides inspiration for what more sustainable neighbourhoods might look like. Reproduced under Creative Commons License – Luc Nadal. Join Cambridge Ahead on the 25th June in the beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Garden as part of Cambridge Nature Network’s first ever Nature Festival! We will be running a crafts …

Garden Admission Fee

Bridging Binaries Guided Tour – Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology Downing Place, Cambridge

     Multiple Dates: 11th, 18th and 25th June. Our volunteer guides share their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sex in the animal world at the Museum of Zoology ‘Animals don’t do sexual identity; they just do sex.’ From same-sex sexual behaviour in giraffes and penguins to the scientists working in the …

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

Wild Food Tour – Sustainable foraging and invasive species

Talll Trees 67 Lensfield Rd,, Cambridge

Join us on our wild food tour of Cambridge.... where we will look at what edibles can be found in our beautiful city, along with some poisonous ones too! We will talk about sustainable practices, see some invasive species and discuss how we at The Foraging Chef preserve these plants for future culinary use. Meet …

£50

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

A Nature Stroll Down Snakey Path – A Shot of Wildlife

Burnside Burnside, Cambrdge

Join Liam Smith from A Shot of Wildlife (YouTube channel) for a gentle stroll along snakey path (Beginning at Burnside at the end of Mill Road) This will take around 60 mins with the hope of spotting Kingfishers, water voles and other illusive wildlife in one of Cambridge's wildlife hotspots. Please book via the Eventbrite …

Free

Free Guided Tour of Trinity College’s Gardens 1 of 2

Trinity College Cambridge

Take a free one-hour guided tour of the gardens of Trinity College with a fellow of the College, as part of the Cambridge Nature Festival. Discover the plants and bird life of the gardens and understand how Trinity gardeners maintain and care for the gardens throughout the seasons. Places limited - please book via the …

Free

Summer Wildflowers of Wandlebury **Change of Date**

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

**Date changed from Tue 21/6/22 to Tue 28/6/22 due to unforeseen circumstances.** We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see you on the 28 June. 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 …

Free

Free Guided Tour of Trinity College’s Gardens 2 of 2

Trinity College Cambridge

Take a free one-hour guided tour of the gardens of Trinity College with a fellow of the College, as part of the Cambridge Nature Festival. Discover the plants and bird life of the gardens and understand how Trinity gardeners maintain and care for the gardens throughout the seasons. Places limited - please book via the …

Free

Tree Identification Guided Walk

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

Gentle guided walk around the beautiful park to learn about native trees. Led by a knowledgeable Cambridge Past, Present & Future Warden, who will help you to identify tree species using features such as bark, leaves, flowers and fruits. Please wear footwear and clothing for being outdoors. Meet at the large noticeboard near the car …

Free

Reedbed Ramble at RSPB Ouse Fen

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

Join one of our expert volunteers, for a walk around the newly flooded reedbeds 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.  Tickets are available online.

£7.10 – £17.00

Tunes for Nature at Tall Trees – Live Music

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