Cambridge Nature Festival 2022

27th May – 30th June

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 …

£3

Eddington Ecology Walking Tour 2

Eddington Madingley Road Park and Ride

***Extra Tour Added Due to Demand*** Eddington is a new community in Cambridge, developed by the University of Cambridge. Discover some of the habitats and features created at Eddington in this walking tour led by Mike Dean, the project’s ecologist.  The tour will outline some of the works undertaken to enhance the area’s biodiversity, such …

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

Amphibians of Cambridgeshire – Online Pre-recorded Talk

Zoom

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://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFfNWydPx8&feature=youtu.be

Free

Fen Edge Trail – Landscape Heritage Walk

Castle Hill Castle St,, Cambridge

Fen Edge Trail landscape heritage walk in Cambridge from Castle Hill to the Sedgwick Museum. This guided walk (3 miles easy walking, taking about 1.5 – 2 hours) celebrates the publication of the Walk Guide (available by June) for this part of the Trail that passes through the ‘fen edge’ city of Cambridge. Starting high up on Castle …

Free

Extinction and re-establishment of the large blue butterfly in Britain – Museum of Zoology

Online Talk

     Join us over Zoom as Professor Jeremy A Thomas talks about extinction and re-establishment of the large blue butterfly in Britain.  The large blue has long been an iconic species among British wildlife. However, despite many unsuccessful attempts at conservation, UK populations had been in decline for 150 years. Still, this all changed with …

Free

Using butterflies to understand past and present change, and inform future conservation

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

This talk will introduce some recent collaborative work between Insect Ecology Group in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. This includes cataloguing long-term change in butterflies from the Museum's UK butterfly collection, studying current butterfly requirements on Wildlife Trust reserves, and trialling alternative management options to conserve …

Free

Festival of Nature Week at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey Quy Rd, Lode,, Cambridge

Come and visit the beautiful Anglesey Abbey and stop in at the pop up bookshop, full of books inspired by nature. The House will also be sharing the nature-inspired items of collection on their social media. The Shop and Plant Centre will be highlighting the plants that are good for nature, with labels on particular …

£7.5 – £15

Animal Tails: Hungry Hedgehogs and other garden creatures – Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology Downing Place, Cambridge

Calling all 2-5 year olds! Join us at the Museum for stories & play. Go on a garden safari in the Museum with stories and play. Hear a prickly tale and uncover hedgehogs, minibeasts and more at the Museum of Zoology. Suitable for ages 2-5. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Two sessions …

Free

Mucky Pups – Wicken Fen

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

Our monthly pre-school session, for nature connection fun in the outdoors. Seasonal activities, crafts and stories for children aged 2-5 years, with an accompanying adult. This month the theme is all about water and plants! Child ticket £6.50                           Booking essential via link below

£6.50

From Darwin to Dodos: Guided Tour of the Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology Downing Place, Cambridge

  University-of-Cambridge-Julieta-Sarmient Uncover the fascinating stories behind our collections, from the beetles of Charles Darwin to the tale of our fin whale. Why is there a fin whale skeleton in Cambridge? What can we learn from our Dodo skeleton? What did Darwin collect here and on the Voyage of the Beagle, and what can these …

Free

Hobson’s Conduit Trust Bioblitz

Clare College Sports Ground Bentley Road, Cambridge Bentley Road, Cambridge

FRIDAY 10TH JUNE 5pm – 11pm SATURDAY 11TH JUNE 8am – 1pm Clare College Sports Ground Bentley Road, Cambridge ///lions.friday.free Back for 2022! Bioblitz is our annual public-participation survey of the wildlife present along the Hobsons Brook corridor. Timetabled events led by enthusiastic experts Includes small mammal identification, bat detection, moth trapping, bird spotting, butterfly …

Free

Festival of Plants

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

    Set in our beautiful landscape, the Festival of Plants celebrates the wonder of plants when the Garden is in full bloom. A fun-filled, fact-finding day out with something for everyone to enjoy: from gardeners to budding plant scientists; families to photographers or anyone looking to spend an interesting day in the Garden when …

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

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

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

Bird Ringing Demonstration – come and meet our feathered friends

Abbeyfields Histon, Cambridge

Bird Ringing Demonstration on Sunday 12th June at Croft Close Set-aside, CB24 9HU Histon & Impington Green Spaces Charity (www.abbeyfields.online) Come and join us for a Bird Ringing Demonstration at Croft Close. Pop along any time between 08:30 am and 10:30 pm. Find out about the science of bird ringing and see some of the …

Free

Pond Dipping at Milton Country Park

Milton Country Park Cambridge Rd, Milton,, Cambridge

In collaboration with the Cambridge Nature Festival, join us for a days pond dipping and fishing at Hall’s Pool with coach, John Pope and the Environment Agency. Catch your first fish, put it in the large fish tank so you can see how they behave under water. Pond dipping for underwater bugs, crustaceans and aquatic …

Free

RSPB Hope Farm’s Open Farm Sunday

Hope Farm Grange Farm, High Street, Knapwell, Cambridge

Join our LEAF event to learn about all things wildlife-friendly farming, where your food comes from and how we look after nature too. LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the one day of the year that farms across the country take part in a nationwide festival of all things farming and food produce, to open their …

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

Summer Blooms Highlights Tour at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey Quy Rd, Lode,, Cambridge

Weekdays in June. Join one of our experienced garden guides for a wander through the gardens. Our programme of seasonal highlights tours will be taking a summer focus and including areas such as the Rose Garden, Herbaceous Border and our Wildflower Meadows, which will buzzing with wildlife activity. Prebook your tickets on our website: nationaltrust.org.uk/AngleseyAbbey …

General Entry Fee

Beetle-mania 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 and beetles.  Follow up with simple craft activities in our Visitor Centre family alcove. No booking required - drop-in activity  

Wicken Fen Entrance Fee

World’s First (Maybe) Botanical Swim Certification *Change of Date*

Hodson's Folly Coe Fen,, Cambridge

**Date has been changed to Friday 17th June to allow for better weather!** We will be hosting potentially the world's first ever botanical swimmer certification where participants will learn the basics of plant identification, ecology of aquatic plants, and have fun while admiring the beautiful nature in Cambridge! Swimming not actually required for certification. If you …

Free

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