Wildlife events in November

Discover the amazing wildlife and nature events happening around the UK this month!

Blackbird feeding on rowan berries. Scotland. © Mark Hamblin/Getty

England

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch AGM, Butterfly Conservation

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Brimstone butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
Brimstone butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
  • Sunday 18 November, 11.30am – 4.40pm
  • Winchester
  • Join the Hampshire and Isle Of Wight branch of Butterfly Conservation for our AGM with a host of interesting talks throughout the day from speakers, including Jayne Chapman and Pete Eeles.

Kent

Sound Mirrors Photography Day

Lade Pits sound mirrors. © Martin Jenson
Lade Pits sound mirrors. © Martin Jenson
  • Monday 19 November, Wednesday 12 December
  • RSPB Dungeness, Kent
  • The Sound Mirrors are an iconic part of UK history, and many artists have used these to create an amazing backdrop in films, photo shoots and music videos. Usually, the Mirrors are closed off to the public so come along for one of our photography sessions!
  • £37.69. Booking required.

London

Sketch for Survival exhibition

Rhino drawing from exhibition. © Kate Fields
Rhino drawing from exhibition. © Kate Fields
  • Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 November at Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair, London Olympia
  • Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 November at Walcot Chapel Gallery, Somerset
  • Friday 23 – Sunday 25 November at Crypt Gallery, Cathedral Close, Norwich
  • Sketching a future for endangered species – an exhibition and auction of artwork in aid wildlife conservation. See over four hundred 26 minute sketches and other wildlife artworks by international professional and celebrity artists including Dame Judi Dench, Nick Park, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Frederick Forsyth, Mary Berry and Stephen Fry.

The Natural Eye 2018, Society of Wildlife Artists

Windhover. © Carry Akroyd
Windhover. © Carry Akroyd
  • Thursday 25 October – Sunday 4 November, 10am – 5pm (closing at 1pm on the final day)
  • Mall Galleries, London
  • The annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists showcases the very best of fine art inspired by the natural world. Renowned for displaying a wide-ranging collection of exciting and thought-provoking work including sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing, there will always be something to delight and inspire you.
  • Admission £4, concessions £3, 50% off with National Art Pass, under 18s free.

Yamal: The stream of life, Horniman Museum and Gardens

Nenets take a selfie. © Horniman Museum and Gardens
Nenets take a selfie. © Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Until Sunday 6 January 2019
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
  • Yamal: The Stream of Life is a display of over 3,000 objects from around the world that celebrates creativity and explores what it means to be human. Images by Bryan Alexander are also on display as he documents his daily life for 25 years spent in the Nenets in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia.
  • Free event. Booking not required.

Life in the Dark, Natural History Museum

Life in the dark exhibition. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
Life in the dark exhibition. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
  • Until Sunday 24 February 2019
  • Explore the extraordinary diversity of animals that survive and thrive in worlds without light. From the dead of night, to the darkest caves and into the deepest oceans, you may be surprised by the undiscovered life in the dark. From fish to foxes, bats to boas, visitors will get up close to a huge variety of creatures specially selected from the Museum’s world-leading Collection, each with their own story to tell.
  • Adults £11.50, children (16 and under) free, concessions £7.50

The Wider Earth, Natural History Museum

  • Saturday 13 October – Sunday 30 December
  • For the first time in its history, the NHM is creating a 357-seat traditional performance theatre. Housed in the Jerwood Gallery, this theatre will host the European premiere of the award-winning Darwin drama, The Wider Earth. Featuring a cast of seven, and 30 hand-made puppets representing the exotic wildlife Darwin encountered, The Wider Earth is an ingenious coming-of-age story which celebrates the incredible complexity of our planet and Darwin’s adventurous spirit as he faced perilous environments and unknown dangers on his bold voyage.
  • Tickets vary in price.

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
  • Friday 19 October 2018 – summer 2019
  • 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.
  • Adults £15, children £9, concessions £12

Ice Rink, Natural History Museum

NHM ice rink. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
NHM ice rink. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
  • Thursday 25 October 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019
  • As the winter evenings draw in, the Museum’s east lawn will be transformed once again into a magical setting complete with thousands of fairy lights adorning the nearby trees, a fairground carousel and café bar where you can relax and enjoy the views.
  • Adults from £12.65, children (12 and under) from £8.80, family (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children) £39.60

From stoned sloths to farting fish: comical tales from the animal kingdom, ZSL London Zoo

The zoologists speaking at the event.
The zoologists speaking at the event.
  • Thursday 15 November, 6.30pm
  • Join some of the UKs top zoology authors and presenters as they dive into some of the weirdest and most hilarious animal facts out there. Join Lucy Cooke, Darren Naish, Jules Howard and Dani Rabaiotti as they discuss funny, and sometime foul, facts about sloths, dinosaurs and everything in between.
  • £5 per ticket, booking required. There will be a book signing after the event and people are advised to bring cash as not all authors have card machines

Manchester

Victorian Eco Activism, Manchester and the Birth of the RSPB

  • Tuesday 27 November, 7 – 8.30pm
  • Friends Meeting House, Manchester
  • For social historians and nature lovers alike! Step into the Victorian world of the gentleman naturalist.. and the middle class lady campaigner. Two fascinating stories have now been brought thrillingly back to life by writers Henry McGhie and Tessa Boase. For one night only, they are joining forces to shed light on a fascinating moment in time: an era that would shape the world’s view of the environment for generations to come.
  • Free event, register via the website

Norfolk

Tibet – Wildlife on the roof of the World, Norfolk Branch, Butterfly Conservation

  • Wednesday 7 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm
  • Blakeney Scout Hut HQ, Holt, Norfolk
  • An illustrated talk by John Geeson
  • Non-members: £2. No charge for Butterfly Conservation members. Refreshments are available for a small charge

Northamptonshire

Managing woodlands with wildlife in mind, Back from the Brink

Fly orchid. © Ben Andrew/Back from the Brink
Fly orchid. © Ben Andrew/Back from the Brink
  • Thursday 8 November, 9.30am – 4pm
  • Top Lodge, Fineshade Wood, Northamptonshire
  • Calling landowners, land managers & foresters – join us to discover how you can play your part in conserving  our valuable woodland wildlife. Learn about the importance of woodland habitats for a variety of species, including birds, plants, butterflies, bats & reptiles, and how even simple changes to land management can provide vital habitat for rare and common species.  There will be short talks in the morning focusing on species ecology and habitat management techniques followed by a site visit in the afternoon.
  • Free event. To book, contact Susannah O’Riordan via e-mail or 01780 444067

Nottingham

50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting and Members’ Day 2018, Butterfly Conservation

Canary-shouldered thorn. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
Canary-shouldered thorn. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 10 November, 9.30am – 5pm
  • The Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Nottingham
  • All members are welcome and registration commences at 9.30am, with the AGM beginning at 10.05am. For the full agenda, please see the AGM Programme. As usual, there will be a variety of stalls to visit, as well as a raffle from the East Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

Oxfordshire

Upper Thames Branch Brown Hairstreak Egg Hunt, Butterfly Conservation

Brown hairstreak butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Getty
Brown hairstreak butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Getty
  • Sunday 18 November, 10am – 1pm
  • Slade Camp, Headington, Oxford
  • Please wear warm clothing and bring a hand lens if you’ve got one.
  • Outdoor events, especially in the winter, are sometimes cancelled at short notice. Please contact the task leader in advance.

Sussex

Sussex Branch AGM, Butterfly Conservation

Silver-washed fritillary butterfly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
Silver-washed fritillary butterfly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 17 November, 1.30 – 5pm
  • Cyprus Hall, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
  • Join the Sussex Branch of Butterfly Conservation for the Annual General Meeting with tea and cakes and talks after the AGM.

Wales

Cardiff

Explore Your Archive – Year of the Sea

Hoyle Archive. © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Hoyle Archive. © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
  • Sunday 18 November, 10am – 4pm
  • St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
  • The collection of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales contains several thousand sea related archives and objects, from sailor’s folk art and historic photographs to the second largest shell collection in the UK. Discover our collections and meet our curators at this free event in the St Fagans Atrium.
  • Free event

Swansea

Swansea Science Festival: Family Weekend

Science Festival pink goo. © Swansea University
Science Festival pink goo. © Swansea University
  • Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 November, 10am – 5pm
  • National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Swansea.
  • A jam-packed weekend of fun, learning and activity. Make music with your mind, meet Ronnie the baby T-Rex, learn how bugs can tell how clean our rivers are and view some violent creepy crawlies – just some of over 40 exhibits and hundreds of activities across seven different themed zones.
  • All activities are free. Some workshops require booking – see website for details.

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)
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