What wildlife events are on in June?

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

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Looking for something to do this June? 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

Soapbox Science

Chioma Vivian Ngonadi sharing her research with the public in London during Soapbox Science 2018. © Soapbox Science.
Chioma Vivian Ngonadi sharing her research with the public in London during Soapbox Science 2018. © Soapbox Science.
  • When: Saturday 25 May – Saturday 20 July
  • What: Women in science will be celebrated across the globe this summer – at Soapbox Science, where female scientists take the stand to preach their passion, display their discoveries, and hype-up their hypotheses in cities all over the world.
  • Where: Various locations, see website for details
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact venues for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Website: Soapbox Science

EVENTS IN ENGLAND

What events are on in Bedfordshire this month?

Great brick safari

Reclining LEGO hyena
  • When: Saturday 6 April – Sunday 2 June
  • What: Set off on an exciting journey of discovery, uncovering unbelievable LEGO brick beasts and mammoth LEGO brick mammals. From a jumbo elephant that weighs a tonne of bricks to a giant gorilla that’s built for life in the jungle.
  • Where: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • Organised by: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event free? No, normal admission prices apply
  • Website: Great brick safari

Special Children’s Day

Singing Hands - Special Children's Day. © ZSL
  • When: Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 June
  • What: Special Children’s Day is a unique annual event at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, welcoming children with special needs and their families and friends. There are increased specialist facilities and staff presence, as well as interactive events and discounted entry.
  • Where: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • Organised by: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for full details
  • Is this event free? No. Discounted entry, plus additional Special Children’s Day activities are free.
  • Website: Special Children’s Day

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

Masters of Japanese Prints: Nature and Seasons

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusa © Bristol Culture
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusa © Bristol Culture.
  • When: Saturday 18 May— Sunday 8 September
  • What: The exhibition will explore the plants, birds, insects and weather that act as powerful symbols of seasonal change in Japanese culture. The woodblock prints celebrate poetic pleasures such as the cherry blossom and wisteria of spring, cicadas and summer festivals, geese flying across the autumn moon and winter snow-viewing.
  • Where: Bristol museum & art gallery
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Website: Bristol museum & art gallery

Natural Selection

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The beauty of eggs will be explored as part of the Natural Selection exhibition. © Artangel.
  • When: Saturday 1 June— Sunday 15 September
  • What: Artist Andy Holden and his ornithologist father Peter take us on a journey from nest-building to egg-collecting. This exhibition brings together Andy and Peter’s personal collections of found objects with sculpted birdsong, a human-scale bower bird bower, exquisite replica eggs crafted from porcelain and two new video works.
  • Where: Bristol museum & art gallery
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Website: Bristol museum & art gallery

What events are on in Cambridgeshire this month?

Evolution as inspiration

Evolution on the Wing by Jonathan Kingdon. Photo © O. Negra, MUSE – Science Museum
Evolution on the Wing by Jonathan Kingdon. Photo © O. Negra, MUSE – Science Museum
  • When: Friday 17 May – Sunday 19 September
  • What: This exhibition of sculpture, paintings, ceramics and drawings offers a biologist’s effort to understand key evolutionary questions: Why do animals live where they live? How have different species evolved to appear the way that they do? Why have different patterns evolved in nature?
  • Where: Museum of Zoology University of Cambridge
  • Organised by: Museum of Zoology University of Cambridge and Cambridge Conservation Initiative
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact venue for details
  • Website: Evolution as inspiration

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

Manchester Festival of Nature

  • When: Saturday 29 June, 12pm – 4pm
  • What: The Manchester Festival of Nature will be a carnival of the wonderful wildlife that lives in Manchester and an opportunity for conservationists to spread the word about the amazing work they do. Activities include bushcraft, forest school skills, natural crafts, ecotherapy, wild flower planting, building a bug hotel, woodland walks, tree and plant identifications, den building and a chance to wander into a bog.
  • Where: Heaton Park
  • Organised by: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Manchester Festival of Nature

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?

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 – 30 June 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 WALES

What events are on in Anglesey this month?

Botanical excursion

  • When: Thursday 27 June, 2-7pm
  • What: A wealth of wildflowers and much else to see in the dunes and slacks, under the guidance of county botanical recorder, Nigel Brown.
  • Where: Aberffraw, Anglesey
  • Organised by: Anglesey Local Group, North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event suitable for children? No.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event free? Yes, but donations appreciated.
  • Website: Botanical excursion

What events are on in Denbighshire this month?

Using the senses to celebrate summer

  • When: Saturday 15 June, 6-8pm
  • What:A guided walk looking at signs of summer, incorporating a mindfulness taster with Nick Howarth.
  • Where: Aberduna, Maeshafn.
  • Organised by: North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event free? Yes, but donation appreciated.
  • Website: Using the senses to celebrate summer

Little terns of Presthaven

  • When: Sunday 23 June, 2-4pm
  • What: Kipper Davies leads a walk to Presthaven to see the little terns and their chicks, as well as other coastal birds, butterflies, orchids and reptiles (perhaps even sand lizards).
  • Where: Gronant, Prestatyn
  • Organised by: Wrexham Local Group, North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event free? Yes, but £2 donation appreciated.
  • Website: Little terns of Presthaven

What events are on in Gwynedd this month?

A swift half

  • When: Tuesday 25 June, 7-10pm
  • What:Find out what North Wales Wildlife Trust are doing to help declining populations of swifts, and how you can get involved. Walk around town to see the nesting sites – or just relax with a drink!
  • Where: The Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau
  • Organised by: Merionnydd Local Group,North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event free? Yes, but donations appreciated.
  • Website: A swift half

What events are on in Powys this month?

Summer Solstice BioBlitz

Cledonia species. © Silvia Cojocaru
Cledonia species. © Silvia Cojocaru
  • When: Saturday 22 June, 12 – 4pm
  • What: The Summer Solstice BioBlitz is an organised recording day at Mynydd Ffoesidoes nature reserve. Because of its remote location, there are limited numbers of species recorded at the reserve. The event will include guided walks and bug hunting.
  • Where: Mynydd Ffoesdioes nature reserve, meeting point is Fishpool Carpark
  • Organised by: Radnorshire Wildlife Trust and Biodiversity Information Service
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Limited accessibility – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Website: Summer Solstice BioBlitz
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What events are on in Wrexham this month?

Joy4life Wales Yoga Walk

  • When: Saturday 29 June, 10am-12noon
  • What: Immerse yourself in nature during a guided yoga, mindfulness and walking experience whilst learning about the unique varieties of flora and fauna within this extraordinary site. No prior experience needed, but bring a sitting mat if you have one.
  • Where: Minera Quarry, Wrexham
  • Organised by: North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event free? £5 for adults. Accompanying children free.
  • Website: Joy4life Wales Yoga Walk

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.