What wildlife events are on in August?

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

Honeybee on catmint flowers. © Ivanoal/Getty

Looking for something to do this August? 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

Big Butterfly Count

  • When: Friday 19 July – Sunday 11 August
  • What: The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping Butterfly Conservation assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 100,000 people took part in 2018, submitting 97,133 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK
  • Where: Nationwide
  • Organised by: Butterfly Conservation
  • Is this event free? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Website: Big Butterfly County

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 Cheshire this month?

Badgerwatch

Badger foraging for worms in a pine forest at night.
A badger foraging for worms in a pine forest at night. © Jamie Hall/iStock/Getty
  • When: Thursday 15: 8.15pm – 10.15pm, Thursday 22: 8pm – 10pm, Thursday 29 August: 7.45pm – 9.45pm
  • What: Stake out active badger setts at Burton Mere Wetlands and watch the badgers in their natural habitat, while different species of bat swoop overhead.
  • Where: Burton Mere Wetlands
  • Organised by: RSPB
  • Is this event free? No. £12 per person, or £9.50 for RSPB members.
  • Is this event suitable for children? No
  • Is this event accessible? No
  • Website: RPSB

What events are on in Cumbria this month?

Beached Art

Beach sculpting on St Bees Beach
Beach sculpting on St Bees Beach. © Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • When: Saturday 10 August, 11am – 5pm
  • What: This event encourages you to get creative by sculpting marine creatures out of sand and other natural materials found on the beach. You can also learn more about life on the beach by joining Wildlife Trust experts on a Rockpool Ramble, a birdwatching walk, and by going whale, dolphin, and porpoise-spotting.
  • Where: St Bees beach
  • Organised by: Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? Sand sculpture is £3, while other events are free with donations welcome.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: Beached Art

Identification of whales, dolphins and seabirds

  • When: Saturday 17 August, 10am – 4.30pm
  • What: Learn about identifying marine life from shore and at sea during this training day, where you can report your observations and contribute to scientific research.
  • Where: Plumgarths head office, Kendal
  • Organised by: MARINElife and Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? £45 for Wildlife Trust members, and £50 for non-members.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

What events are on in Essex this month?

Seashore scavenger hunt

  • When: Saturday 24 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm, and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • What: Get stuck in and join the hunt for plants and animals living on the Naze seashore, and learn more about Essex marine wildlife during a short presentation.
  • Where: The Naze
  • Organised by: Essex Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? £3 per child
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: Essex Wildlife Trust

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?

Evening wildlife photography course

  • When: Friday 30 August, 4pm – 8.30pm
  • What: This photography workshop takes advantage of the changing evening light to capture images that aren’t possible during normal opening hours, and includes an introductory session into photography techniques before heading out into the reserve.
  • Where: WWT London Wetland Centre
  • Organised by: WWT London Wetland Centre
  • Is this event free? No. £45.50 per person.
  • Is this event suitable for children? No
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: WWT London Wetland Centre

ZSL Animal Careers Conference

A keeper feeding a lemur at ZSL London Zoo
A keeper feeding a lemur at ZSL London Zoo. © ZSL
  • When: Tuesday 27 August, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • What: This conference is for anyone who is looking to pursue a career working with animals, providing you with insights and advice to start your career, and the opportunity to network with others. Lunch and refreshments are provided.
  • Where: ZSL London Zoo
  • Organised by: ZSL London Zoo
  • Is this event free? No. £125 per person, or £105 for fellow and members.
  • Is this event suitable for children? No
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Website: ZSL

Peregrines at the Tate Modern

A juvenile peregrine falcon
A juvenile peregrine falcon © Graham Catley
  • When: Thursday to Sunday, plus August bank holiday Monday, until 8 September, 11am – 4pm
  • What: Use telescopes to spot the amazing peregrines perching on the chimney of the Tate Modern.
  • Where: Tate Modern London
  • Organised by: RSPB
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: RSPB

What events are on in Norfolk this month?

Fascinating fossils

  • When: Monday 12 August, 1.00pm – 2.30pm
  • What: Go fossil hunting and find out what creatures used to call Norfolk home millions of years ago.
  • Where: West Runton Beach
  • Organised by: Norfolk Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? No. £3 for NWT members, and £3.50 for non-members. There is a charge for the car park.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

What events are on in Nottinghamshire this month?

Idle Valley bird walk

  • When: Wednesday 18 August, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • What: Join local bird enthusiasts for a walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. Please bring your binoculars and walking boots.
  • Where: Idle Valley Nature Reserve, North Road, Retford
  • Organised by: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? Donations are welcome.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes. Disabled parking onsite and many trails around the reserve are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  Contact the Trust for more information.
  • Website: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Wilder Woodland Gathering

  • When: Wednesday 21 August, 1.o0pm – 7.00pm
  • What: Join us as we gather under the canopy of the Skylarks woodland to celebrate, share and learn in nature with family activities, music, poetry and performance, debate and discussion, refreshments and more.
  • Where: Skylarks, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont
  • Organised by: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes. The site has accessible trails  for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Contact the Trust for more information.
  • Website: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

What events are on in Rutland this month?

Rutland Bird Fair

  • When: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 August (Friday to Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm. Sunday: 9.30am – 5pm)
  • What: The renowned Bird Fair returns this year with more talks and debates with experts and conservation celebrities; exhibitors offering advice, outdoor products and optics; and plenty of activities and opportunities for attendees of all ages to get hands-on with nature. Come by Marquee 2, stands 97-100 to see BBC Wildlife Magazine, find out about our amazing subscription offer, and enter our competition.
  • Where: Rutland
  • Organised by: Birdfair
  • Is this event free? No. Refer to Bird Fair website for ticket prices.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Website: Birdfair

What events are on in Sussex this month?

Help the Heaths action day at Iping and Stedham Commons

A heathland sand lizard. © South Downs National Park
Sand lizards are now only found on sandy heathland in Surrey, Dorset, and Hampshire and on coastal sand dune systems in Merseyside . © South Downs National Park
  • When: Monday 12 August, 11am-3pm
  • What: Identify reptiles such as common lizards and slow worms with National Park rangers as they show you how you can help to protect their habitat on the South Downs.
  • Where: Iping and Stedham Commons, South Downs Way
  • Organised by: South Downs National Park
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? No. Suitable for those aged 16+.
  • Is this event accessible? TBC
  • Website: South Downs Youth Action

Microvolunteering action day at Truleigh Hill

  • When: Wednesday 14 August, 11am-3pm
  • What: Help to promote the voices of young people in the South Downs by learning how to use social media effectively, creating a multimedia piece to publish on the social media platforms of South Down National Park.
  • Where: Truleigh Hill, South Downs Way
  • Organised by: South Downs National Park
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? No. Suitable for those aged 16+.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: South Downs Youth Action

Precious Pollinators action day at Kithurst Hill

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  • When: Thursday 22 August, 9.30am-1.30pm
  • What: Learn about pollinators and their habitats from National Park rangers, who will be teaching you how to identify butterflies and submit your sightings on a smartphone, as well as guiding you around the South downs to learn more about the history and the wildlife found there.
  • Where: Kithurst Hill, South Downs Way
  • Organised by: South Downs National Park
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? No. Suitable for those aged 16+.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: South Downs Youth Action

EVENTS IN SCOTLAND

What events are on in Argyll and Bute this month?

The Botanist – foraging walks

  • When: Thursday 15 and 22 August, 4pm – 6pm
  • What: Join the RSPB and The Botanist’s forager, James Donaldson, at Loch Gruinart reserve to learn about wild foraging on a 2-2.5 hour walk.
  • Where: Loch Gruinart Reserve Visitor Centre, Isle of Islay
  • Organised by: RSPB
  • Is this event free? No. £10 per person.
  • Is this event suitable for children? No
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: RSPB

What events are on in Fife this month?

Moth night

  • When: Friday 30 August, 9pm
  • What: Head into the woodland and set up your own moth trap, or join other members at theirs, before recording your findings. Contact the organisers at least one week before the event if you plan on attending.
  • Where: Tentsmuir NNR
  • Organised by: Butterfly Conservation
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? No
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Butterfly Conservation

EVENTS IN WALES

What events are on in Conwy this month?

Go Wild @ West Shore!

  • When: Sunday 18 August, 11am – 4pm
  • What: This family-friendly event offers a host of activities for all ages, including a beach clean, strandline search, wildlife gardening, face painting, crafts, and more.
  • Where: West Shore Promenade, Llandudno
  • Organised by: Butterfly Conservation
  • Is this event free? Yes, but donations are encouraged.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: North Wales Wildlife Trust
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EVENTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

What events are on in Ulster this month?

Snorkel safari

  • When:Wednesday 14 August, 3pm – 5pm
  • What: Go snorkelling with Ulster Wildlife’s Living Seas team and BSAC trained snorkel instructors to discover more about Killough’s resident sea creatures.
  • Where: Killough beach, Downpatrick
  • Organised by: Ulster Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? No. £10 per person. Must book online.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, aged 8+
  • Is this event accessible? No
  • Website: Ulster Wildlife Trust

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.