What wildlife events are on in April?

Discover the amazing wildlife and nature events happening around the UK this month, including activities for children and families, free events, and more!

Hedgehog @ Ann & Steve Toon/robertharding/Getty

Looking for something to do this April? We’ve collated nature and wildlife events happening around the country this month, including museum exhibitions, scientific talks and more.

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Please note that this is a selection of events taking place around the UK. Check out your local nature reserves and conservation groups to find out what other activities are being held in your area. Events are listed by country (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), and then by alphabetically by county. 

Nationwide events

Saba Douglas-Hamilton: A Life With Elephants UK tour 2019

  • When: Monday 1 – Saturday 20 April
  • What: Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and BBC wildlife TV presenter for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family.
  • Where: Various locations, see website for details
  • Is this event free? No.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact venues for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, but accompanied by adults.
  • Website: A Life With Elephants

So you think you know about dinosaurs … ?! with Ben Garrod

  • When: Monday 1 April – Sunday 12 May
  • What: The hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod returns. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben explores the biggest, deadliest and weirdest predators that ever roamed the planet.
  • Where: Various locations, see website for details
  • Is this event free? No. Tickets £10-£15.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact venues for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, but accompanied by adults. Aimed at ages 5-12.
  • Website: So you think you know about dinosaurs … ?!

What events are on in Bristol this month?

Altered Ocean

  • When: Thursday 4 April – Sunday 23 June
  • What: Altered Ocean documents Mandy Barker’s visual journey as a photographic artist combining science, with the issue of marine plastic pollution. Large-scale prints from her series: INDEFINITE, SOUP, SHOAL, Hong Kong Soup 1826, Penalty, and Beyond Drifting, provide an insight into her journey and connection with the issue over the past 10 years.
  • Where: The Royal Photographic Society gallery, Paintworks Creative Quarter, Bristol
  • Is this event free? No. Standard admission £7 / concession £5. Under 18s and RPS members free.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: Altered Ocean

What events are on in Cambridgeshire this month?

Disability-friendly opening

  • When: Monday 9 April, 1 – 3pm
  • What: Join us for a relaxed afternoon aimed at children with sensory sensitivities along with their families, siblings and carers. There are limited spaces to keep the museums from feeling too overwhelming and a ‘chill-out’ space will be available if a time out is needed. We will turn off any sounds and will control the lighting as best we can.
  • Where: University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Is this event free? Yes. Booking essential.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, suitable for ages 13-18
  • Website: Disability-friendly opening

Zoologist for a Day

Girl in Museum (C) University of Cambridge + Julieta Sarmiento Photography
  • When: Tuesday 9 April, 10am – 3pm
  • What: Discover the science of Zoology at this day long hands on workshop, working with researchers in the Museum and Department of Zoology. See the amazing diversity of animal life on Earth, explore how animal bodies are built, and learn about the delicate balance of ecosystems.
  • Where: University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Is this event free? No. Tickets £25. Booking essential.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, suitable for ages 13-18
  • Website: Zoologist for a Day

NatHistFest 2019: The 100th Conversazione

  • When: Friday 12 April, 2 – 6pm, and Saturday 13 April, 10am – 5pm
  • What: Cambridge Natural History Society’s 100th public exhibition of the natural world: bones, rocks, plants, insects, mammals, birds; friendly knowledgeable experts, fun and informative exhibits. CNHS was founded in 1857 and has counted David Attenborough among its members. Come along and help us celebrate this key occasion!
  • Where:Cambridge University Department of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Organised by: Cambridge Natural History Society
  • Is this event free? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Website: NatHistFest 2019: The 100th Conversazione

Bioblitz Cambridge 2019

Ladybird (c) Cambridge University Botanic Garden
7-spot ladybird. (c) Cambridge University Botanic Garden
  • When: Saturday 17 and Sunday 28 April, 12 noon – 12 noon.
  • What: Join us as we explore the Botanic Garden for wildlife, counting as many species as we can in 24 hours. Book onto a wildlife workshop or drop-in to discover the wonderful animals and plants of the Garden.
  • Where: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
  • Organised by: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Is this event free? Garden admission charges apply.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Suitable for all ages.
  • Website: Bioblitz Cambridge 2019

What events are on in Devon this month?

Amazing creatures: a solo show of animal and bird sculptures by artist David Cooke

  • When: Saturday 30 March – Friday 12 April
  • What:West Yorkshire artist David Cooke is one of Britain’s most well-known wildlife sculptors. Appealing to animal enthusiasts and art lovers alike, David works across mediums including clay, bronze, bronze resin, and mixed media. his animal and bird pieces both large and small project originality and presence.
  • Where:Steam Gallery, Fore Street, Beer, Devon
  • Organised by: Steam Gallery and Marine House at Beer
  • Is this event free? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, but accompanied by adults.
  • Website: Amazing creatures

What events are on in Greater Manchester this month?

Red List Insects: Martin Wilson exhibition

  • When: Saturday 26 January – June
  • What: Photographer Martin Wilson exhibits his macro images of endangered, threatened and extinct insects, taken from the Manchester Museum collection. These spectacular creatures have been photographed at 15 times their original size. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the UK insects featured on the IUCN Red List.
  • Where: The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester
  • Organised by: The Manchester Museum
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Red List Insects: Martin Wilson exhibition

What events are on in Hertfordshire this month?

British dinosaurs: from fossils to feathers

  • When: Friday 5 April – Friday 11 October (Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm. Sunday: 2 – 5pm)
  • What: A new exhibition at the Natural History Museum at Tring will explore the dinosaurs of the British Isles, encouraging children to learn about the ancient reptiles that once roamed on their doorstep.  Come face-to-face with awe-inspiring exhibits such as the cast of a Baryonyx walkeri skull and explore the Museum galleries to visit its modern-day descendants.
  • Where: Natural History Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum at Tring
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: British dinosaurs: from fossils to feathers

What events are on in London this month?

For the Love of Nature

Leopard. © Huw Cordey
Leopard. © Huw Cordey
  • When: Thursday 25 April, 7.30pm
  • What: The Just A Drop Annual Talk 2019 will  host For the Love of Nature with Huw Cordey and Patrick Morris, the award-winning filmmakers behind the ground-breaking BBC series Life, Planet Earth, Galapagos and The Hunt. Huw and Patrick share the stories that have inspired them across their thirty years of wildlife filmmaking, including the making of upcoming Netflix series Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough and due for release in April. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A led by Stephen Sackur, presenter of BBC’s HARDTalk.
  • Where: The Royal Geographical Society, London
  • Is this event suitable for children? Suitable for ages 12+
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organisers for details.
  • Is this event free? No. Adults £17, students £15
  • Website: For the Love of Nature

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Natural History Museum

Animal Portraits - Highly Commended. © Isak Pretorius / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Animal Portraits – Highly Commended. © Isak Pretorius / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • When: Friday 19 October 2018 – summer 2019
  • What: Now in its 54th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition combines the extraordinary work of talented professionals and gifted amateur photographers from around the globe. The exhibition showcases the beauty, magnificence and diversity of life on our planet, whilst highlighting its fragility and our crucial role in protecting it. Come and be enamoured by the wonderment of nature in the world we live in.
  • Where: Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Is this event free? No. No. Although the museum is free, temporary exhibitions and some events do cost money. An overview of ticket prices for this exhibition: adults £15, children £9, concessions £12
  • Website: Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

EVENTS IN SCOTLAND

What events are on in Glasgow this month?

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Dippy being reassembled in Glasgow. © SNS
Dippy being reassembled in Glasgow. © SNS
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  • When: Tuesday 22 January – Sunday 5 May, 10am – 5pm
  • What: In the fourth stop on its eight-venue-tour over almost three years, the Natural History Museum London’s famous diplodocus cast (known as Dippy) is on show in Glasgow. At Kelvingrove, Dippy’s 292 bone structure will be accompanied by a very special exhibition telling the story of Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish philanthropist who, in Wyoming in 1912, uncovered the fossil from which Dippy is cast. The exhibition will display a variety objects related to the Diplodocus’s fascinating history, giving visitors the chance to learn more about Andrew Carnegie and his namesake Diplodocus carnegii.
  • Where: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum London and Glasgow Life
  • Is this event free? Yes.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

How to submit an event for this page

If you have a wildlife or nature-themed event that could be included on this page, please e-mail Megan Shersby with the following:

  • Name of event
  • Website link for the event
  • Date and time
  • Location (including county)
  • Information about the event (no more than 50 words)
  • Pricing and booking details
  • Publicity image (with credit)
  • Whether the event is accessible and/or suitable for children

Ideally, events should be received at least two weeks before the calendar month begins.