What wildlife events are on in September?

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

Red kite. © Guy Edwardes/Getty

Looking for something to do this September? 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 alphabetically by county. 

Nationwide events

The Great British Beach Clean

  • When: Friday 20 September— Monday 23 September
  • What: Join volunteers up and down the country as they take on the task of cleaning up Britain’s beaches.
  • Where: Beaches across Britain.
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Access varies according to the beach location. Contact your local organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Website: MCSUK

Moth Night

  • When: Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 September
  • What: Organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Moth Night is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland by moth recording enthusiasts with local public events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public. The themes for this year’s event will be clifden nonpareil and migrants, and of course it will be an opportunity to celebrate the 20th Moth Night since the launch of the event in 1998.
  • Where: Beaches across Britain.
  • Is this event free? Yes, though some organised events may have a charge.
  • Is this event accessible? Access varies according to the beach location. Contact your local organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Website: MCSUK

EVENTS IN ENGLAND

What events are on in Bristol this month?

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

Courtesy of Artangel
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 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

Butterfly Walk at Nomansland Common

Small copper butterfly. © Matt Berry/Butterfly Conservation
Small copper butterfly. © Matt Berry/Butterfly Conservation
  • When: Sunday 29 September, 2 – 3.30pm
  • What:  Butterfly walk for small copper and other early autumn butterflies
  • Where: Nomansland Common, near Harpenden
  • Organised by: Butterfly Conservation
  • Is this event free? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Butterfly walk at Nomansland Common

What events are on in London this month?

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon on display at the Natural History Museum. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum/Dare & Hier Media
Museum of the Moon on display at the Natural History Museum. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum/Dare & Hier Media
  • When: 17 May 2019 – 5 January 2020
  • What: Since 2016 this touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram has been circling the globe, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing including abbeys and swimming pools. This six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape. It’s at the Museum in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, accompanied by an exciting programme of events.
  • Where: Natural History Museum, London
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum, London
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Museum of the Moon

World Wide Webs: Our Interconnected Planet

  • When: Friday 27 September, 6 – 9.30pm
  • What: Join over 150 scientists and explore networks in nature, sustainable solutions to today’s environmental issues, how digital technologies give us access to the latest research and how delving into the past is key to protecting the future of our planet.
  • Where: Natural History Museum, London
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum, London, and European Researchers’ Night
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details
  • Website:World Wide Webs: Our Interconnected Planet

What events are on in Surrey this month?

Red deer rut 4×4 safaris

A red deer stag calling to females, in Richmond Park, Surrey. © Mark Bridger/Getty
A red deer stag calling to females, in Richmond Park, Surrey. © Mark Bridger/Getty
  • When: Saturday 28 September – Sunday 20 October (9am, 11.30am and 2pm at weekends, 2pm only on weekdays).
  • What: Experience the iconic red deer rut by 4×4, giving you the chance to get closer to the action, providing fantastic photo opportunities.
  • Where: RSPB Minsmere
  • Is this event free? No. £100 per vehicle for RSPB members, and £125 per vehicle for non-members.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: WWT Llanelli

EVENTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

What events are on in County Londonderry this month?

Autumn moths of Drumnaph Nature Reserve

Convolvulus hawk-moth. © Bob Eade/Butterfly Conservation
Convolvulus hawk-moth. © Bob Eade/Butterfly Conservation
  • When: Wednesday 18 September, 10am
  • What: Brushing up on autumn moth ID skills at Drumnaph Nature Reserve. You are very welcome to join them to go through the traps and try out your ID skills in a friendly environment.
  • Where: Drumnaph Nature Reserve
  • Organised by: Butterfly Conservation
  • Is this event free? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Autumn moths of Drumnaph Nature Reserve
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EVENTS IN WALES

What events are on in Carmarthenshire this month?

Giant LEGO® brick animal trail

  • When: Saturday 7 September – Sunday 3 November
  • 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: Llanelli Wetland Centre
  • Is this event free? Included with entrance fee.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: WWT Llanelli

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.