Wildlife events in October

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

Fly agaric fungi. © Andia/UIG/Getty

England

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire & Essex AGM, Butterfly Conservation

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Chequered skipper butterly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
Chequered skipper butterly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 20 October, 1 – 4.45pm
  • Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Cambridgeshire
  • Along with the usual branch business, there are two speakers. Susannah O’Riordan from the Rockingham Back from the Brink project will be giving an update on the chequered skipper butterfly reintroduction. Paul Waring will be speaking about ‘A Life in Moths’.

Devon

Devon Branch Members’ Day & AGM, Butterfly Conservation

Marsh fritillary butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
Marsh fritillary butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 27 October, 10am – 4.30pm
  • Boniface Centre, Crediton Parish Church, Crediton

Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Literary Festival

Kate Humble will be speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival
Kate Humble will be speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.
  • Friday 5 – Sunday 14 October
  • Established in 1949, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of oldest literary events in the world. For ten days every autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream as we welcome over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help us celebrate the joy of the written word. The wildlife and nature writers featured in this year’s line-up include Kate Humble, Pam Ayres and M.G.Leonard.

Kent

AGM & Members Day 2018, Kent & SE London Branch, Butterfly Conservation

Brimstone butterfly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
Brimstone butterfly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 13 October, 10am – 4pm
  • Maidstone, Kent
  • Details to be announced.

Sound Mirrors Photography Day

Lade Pits sound mirrors. © Martin Jenson
Lade Pits sound mirrors. © Martin Jenson
  • Friday 19 October, 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

Remembering Great Apes talk and exhibition

Image from Remembering Great Apes. © Nelis Wolmarans
Image from Remembering Great Apes. © Nelis Wolmarans
  • Talk: Thursday 18 October, from 7pm
  • Exhibition: Monday 15 October – Saturday 27 October, 10am – 5pm
  • La Galleria, Pall Mall
  • In celebration of the release of Remembering Great Apesa stunning book full of powerful images of apes taken by over 70 of the world’s top wildlife photographers – the book’s collaborators are hosting two unique events in London this October to help raise vital funds for international wildlife charity Born Free.
  • Tickets for the talk are from £25. The exhibition is free.

Sketch for Survival exhibition

Rhino drawing from exhibition. © Kate Fields
Rhino drawing from exhibition. © Kate Fields
  • Wednesday 17 – Wednesday 24 October at gallery@oxo, South Bank
  • Then Thursday 1 – 4 November at Conde Nast Luxury Travel Fair, London Olmpia
  • 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

Lates, Natural History Museum

Scientists speak to NHM visitors. © Natural History Museum Trustees
Scientists speak to NHM visitors. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
  • Friday 26 October, 6pm
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • Meet our scientists and discover more about the natural world at this free event. Attend talks in the Attenborough Studio or hang out with Hope the blue whale. Walk with dinosaurs through Earth Hall, wander through the Life in the Dark, or simply relax before a silent disco.
  • Free entry

Movie Nights Halloween Special, Natural History Museum

Movie nights at the NHM. © Natural History Museum Trustees
Movie nights at the NHM. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
  • Sunday 28 – Monday 29 October, 7pm or 9pm
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • After the last visitors have left the Museum for the day, it’s time to settle in for a Movie Nights Halloween Special in the Hintze Hall. Each ticket includes complimentary popcorn and free entry to the Life in the Dark exhibition.
  • £26.50, booking required

Newcastle upon Tyne

North East England: Branch AGM and Members’ Day, Butterfly Conservation

Small copper butterfly. © Udo Ritke/Butterfly Conservation
Small copper butterfly. © Udo Ritke/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 20 October, 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • National Trust Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Speakers will include Callum McGregor and Peter Mayhew both of York University who will be talking about their research on the ecology of Lepidoptera. Full programme to be confirmed.

Oxfordshire

Upper Thames: Members’ Day and AGM, Butterfly Conservation

Duke of Burgundy butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
Duke of Burgundy butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 27 October, 9.45am – 5pm
  • Parish Hall, Benson, Oxfordshire
  • A review of the Upper Thames area’s butterflies and moths in 2018, plus a couple of talks, including the background and progress of the RSPB Otmoor Marsh fritillary reintroduction project and a butterfly dance performance. There will also be the annual photographic competition, displays and stalls.

West Yorkshire

Yorkshire Branch Members’ Day and AGM, Butterfly Conservation

Brimstone butterfly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
Brimstone butterfly. © Adam Gor/Butterfly Conservation
  • Sunday 28 October
  • Wetherby Town Hall, West Yorkshire
  • There will be a guest speaker, raffle and photographic competition.

Wales

Neath Port Talbot

South Wales Branch Members’ Day, Butterfly Conservation

Red admiral butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
Red admiral butterfly. © Iain H Leach/Butterfly Conservation
  • Saturday 20 October, 10.30am – 4pm
  • Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Bridgend

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

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