What wildlife events are on in February?

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

Robin (Erithacus rubecula) adult perched on crab apples in winter

Looking for something to do this February? 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. 

EVENTS IN ENGLAND

What events are on in Bedfordshire this month?

Community Orchard Day

Apples. © Annette Traverse-Healey
Apples. © Annette Traverse-Healey
  • When: Saturday 2 February, 10am – 3pm
  • What: Get out in the orchard to learn all about how to care for and manage these wonderful resources. Children’s activities will also be taking place. There will also be an afternoon indoor session where you enjoy a more in-depth look at our orchard heritage alongside their care and management.
  • Where: Blow’s Downs Community Orchard, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • Organised by: Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event free? No. Morning and afternoon training: £10 per person. Family activities: £3 per child
  • Website: Community Orchard Day

What events are on in Cambridgeshire this month?

Bridging Binaries: Pilot LGBTQ+ tours

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  • When: Sunday 20 January – Sunday 17 February, 3pm
  • What: From same sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections. Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer related objects.
  • Where: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Organised by: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Is this event free? Yes. Advance booking is advisable.
  • Is this event accessible? All of the Museums and tours are wheelchair accessible. Volunteer guides are happy to adjust the tours to meet the needs of the group on the day.
  • Website: Bridging Binaries: Pilot LGBTQ+ tours

A butterfly’s eye view of conservation

Duke of Burgundy butterfly. © Brian Eversham
Duke of Burgundy butterfly. © Brian Eversham
  • When: Wednesday 13 February, 7.30 – 9pm
  • What: Butterflies are a charismatic and well-known group of insects. However, like many other groups they have declined dramatically in recent years. In this talk, Trustee of the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants Dr Ed Turner will discuss the role of butterflies as indicators of habitat change and lessons for conservation management from studying butterflies.
  • Where: Brampton Memorial Centre, Brampton, Cambridgeshire
  • Organised by: Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
  • Is this event free? No, £2.50 per ticket. Accompanying children free.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes.
  • Website: A butterfly’s eye view of conservation

Spring fun at the Great Fen

Family fun at the Great Fen. © Barbara Cracknell/Wildlife Trust BCN
Family fun at the Great Fen. © Barbara Cracknell/Wildlife Trust BCN
  • When: Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 February, 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • What: Drop in family fun with different Spring wildlife themed activities every day!
  • Where: Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Ramsey Heights, Cambridgeshire
  • Organised by: Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Partially – grass and gravel paths, but with level access to classroom and toilets.
  • Is this event free? No. £4 per child, adults free. No need to book.
  • Website: Spring fun at the Great Fen

What events are on in Cumbria this month?

Wildlife Media in Exhibition

Wildlife Media in Exhibition
  • When: Monday 14 January – Friday 8 February (excluding Sundays), 10am – 4pm
  • What: A showcase of talent from the BA (Hons) Wildlife Media degree students at the University of Cumbria, who photograph and film the natural world. This exhibition emulates the work of existing practitioners, highlights conservation issues and explores our relationship with the natural world through photography.
  • Where: Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Carlisle
  • Organised by: University of Cumbria
  • Is this event free? Free.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organisers for details.
  • Website: Wildlife Media in Exhibition

What events are on in Dorset this month?

Beginners Birdwatching

Avocets. © Andy Hay/RSPB Images
Avocets. © Andy Hay/RSPB Images
  • When: Consecutive Thursdays 31 January – 14 February, 10am – 12noon
  • What: Get to grips with bird identification. Join the wildlife guides for an introduction to birding, followed by a walk around the reserve searching for birds in the hedgerows and harbour, putting your new found skills to the test.
  • Where: RSPB Arne nature reserve, Wareham, Dorset
  • Organised by: RSPB
  • Is this event free? No. £45 per person (20% discount for RSPB members), which includes all three sessions and a hot beverage after each session.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Beginners Birdwatching

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

What events are on in London this month?

Life in the Dark exhibition

Life in the dark exhibition. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
Life in the dark exhibition. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum
  • When: Until Sunday 24 February 2019
  • What: 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.
  • Where: Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum
  • Is this event free? No. Although the museum is free, temporary exhibitions (like Life in the Dark) and some events do cost money. An overview of ticket prices for this exhibition: adults £11.50, children (16 and under) free, concessions £7.50
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes (interactive exhibition)
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Website: Life in the Dark exhibition

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 – summer 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

What events are on in Norfolk this month?

From Harriers to the Heavens

Marsh harrier. © Les Bunyan/RSPB Images
Marsh harrier. © Les Bunyan/RSPB Images
  • When: Tuesday 22 January and Tuesday 12 February, 3.30pm
  • What: Join the RSPB as we enjoy the spectacle of  wintering marsh harriers returning to roost on the reserve. Then as darkness falls, take advantage of Titchwell’s dark skies and turn your gaze to the heavens under the expert guidance of the Kings Lynn and District Astronomical Society.
  • Where: RSPB Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
  • Organised by: RSPB and Kings Lynn and District Astronomical Society
  • Is this event free? No. Adults £7.50, RSPB members £6. Discount applies to children. Advance booking is essential
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: From Harriers to the Heavens

What events are on in Northamptonshire this month?

The reintroduction of the Chequered Skipper butterfly

Chequered skipper butterfly. © Fergus Gill/2020Vision
Chequered skipper butterfly. © Fergus Gill/2020Vision
  • When: Tuesday 12 February, 7.30pm
  • What: An illustrated talk with Susannah O’Riordan, the project officer for the re-introduction of the Chequered Skipper butterfly in Rockingham Forest, part of the HLF-funded Back from the Brink project.
  • Where: The Heritage Centre, Desborough, Northamptonshire
  • Organised by: Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (Desborough local group)
  • Is this event suitable for children? No
  • Is this event accessible? Yes.
  • Is this event free? Donations welcome
  • Website: The reintroduction of the Chequered Skipper butterfly

Build your own nest box

Nestbox building at the Nene Wetlands. © Katie King/Wildlife Trust BCN
Nestbox building at the Nene Wetlands. © Katie King/Wildlife Trust BCN
  • When: Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 February, 10am – 3pm
  • What: Come along and build your own wooden nest box to put up in your garden. You will also be able to have a look at real bird’s nests and find out more about these amazing structures! Sessions will run at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm and places are limited.
  • Where: Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, The Boardwalk, Rushden Lakes, Northamptonshire
  • Organised by: Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes. The activity involves the use of hand tools and, as such, is most suitable for ages 5+. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Is this event free? No. £10 per box. Booking is recommended to guarantee your space.
  • Website: Build your own nest box

What events are on in Yorkshire this month?

Land Lines @ The Leeds Library

Llyn Gwynant Story. © Ian Phillips
Llyn Gwynant Story. © Ian Phillips
  • When: Thursday 28 February, 7 – 8.30pm
  • What: The ‘Land Lines: Modern British Nature Writing’ project, in collaboration with WildLines, invites you to a special event featuring some of the UK’s leading nature writers, including Patrick Barkham (The Butterfly Isles, Islander), Miriam Darlington (Otter Country, Owl Sense) and Richard Kerridge (Cold Blood) join Richard Smyth (A Sweet, Wild Note). The event will include a Q and A with the audience.
  • Where: Leeds Library, Commercial Street, Leeds
  • Organised by: Land Lines: Modern British Nature Writing project
  • Is this event free? No. £5 per ticket.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Not aimed at children, but may be suitable for older children.
  • Is this event accessible? Partially. There is no lift, however this is a chair stair lift. Contact organiser for more details.
  • Website: Land Lines @ The Leeds Library

EVENTS IN SCOTLAND

What events are on in Glasgow this month?

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Dippy being reassembled in Glasgow. © SNS
Dippy being reassembled in Glasgow. © SNS
  • When: Tuesday 22 January – Sunday 5 May, 10am – 5pm
  • What: In the fourth stop on its eight-venue-tour over almost three years, the Natural History Museum London’s famous diplodocus cast (known as Dippy) is on show in Glasgow. At Kelvingrove, Dippy’s 292 bone structure will be accompanied by a very special exhibition telling the story of Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish philanthropist who, in Wyoming in 1912, uncovered the fossil from which Dippy is cast. The exhibition will display a variety objects related to the Diplodocus’s fascinating history, giving visitors the chance to learn more about Andrew Carnegie and his namesake Diplodocus carnegii.
  • Where: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum London and Glasgow Life
  • Is this event free? Yes.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

EVENTS IN WALES

What events are on in Ceredigion this month?

Willow Coppicing and Management

Harvesting willow. © Denmark Farm
Harvesting willow. © Denmark Farm
  • When: Wednesday 13 February, 10am – 1pm, 2 – 4.30pm
  • What: Join us on our Wetland Ecosystem Treatment System to learn how the willow is coppiced in order to keep the willow beds healthy and promote optimum growth, the traditional way that willow is sorted into lengths for weaving and the best conditions for willow to be planted for growing your own at home.
  • Where: Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Near Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales
  • Organised by: Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
  • Is this event suitable for children? No.
  • Is this event free? No. £25 for the morning session only (10am-1pm) / £15 if you stay on for the afternoon session (2-4.30pm)
  • Website: Willow Coppicing and Management

Big Spawn Count

Counting spawn. © Denmark Farm
Counting spawn. © Denmark Farm
  • When: Sunday 27 February, 10.30am – 3pm
  • What: Be part of Freshwater Habitats Trust’s annual Big Spawn Count by visiting the ponds at Denmark Farm and looking for signs of toad and frog spawn. We’ll help you understand what makes nature ‘tick’.
  • Where: Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Near Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales
  • Organised by: Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes. This is a family friendly event but children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Is this event free? Yes (donations welcome)
  • Website: Big Spawn Count

What events are on in Gwent this month?

Bird of Prey Day

Barn owl. © Dave Braddock/RSPB Images
Barn owl. © Dave Braddock/RSPB Images
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  • When: Sunday 27 January and Sunday 24 February, 2 hour sessions throughout the day.
  • What: Festival Park Owl Sanctuary will be bringing a group of feathered friends to Newport Wetlands, with a variety of owls, hawks and falcons that have been rescued and are unable to return to the wild. See this amazing birds up close and find out how you can help protect them. This will be followed by some bird of prey arts and crafts activities with RSPB staff.
  • Where: RSPB Newport Wetlands, Gwent
  • Organised by: RSPB
  • Is this event free? No. RSPB members £4.40, non-members £5.50 (one adult free with every child). Advance booking is essential
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Bird of Prey Day

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:

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  • Date and time
  • Location (including county)
  • Information about the event (no more than 50 words)
  • Pricing and booking details
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  • Whether the event is accessible and/or suitable for children

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