What wildlife events are on in March?

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 March? 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 Cambridgeshire this month?

Parasitic plants: a question of degree

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  • When: Thursday 7 March, 6.15 – 8.30pm. Refreshments from 6:15pm, talk starts promptly at 6:45pm.
  • What: Helen Moore will explain how parasitic plants get the water, food and oxygen they (and all living things) need to survive. Most plants rely on photosynthesis for manufacturing sugars which are the building blocks, with certain minerals, for the other molecules that they require. Some plants “cheat” to a greater or lesser degree, with varying effects on the host.
  • Where: David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ
  • Organised by: Cambridge Natural History Society
  • Is this event free? Entry £3 (CNHS members £1.50, other concessions see website); no booking required.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Age range: 12+
  • Website: Parasitic plants: a question of degree

Writing the Fens

Summer at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire, East of England
  • When: Saturday 9 March, 10am – 4pm
  • What:Taught by Costa-shortlisted novelist Guinevere Glasfurd, this workshop will consider the Fens in fiction and non-fiction, and explore how the setting has inspired writers. Produce a piece of writing, fictionalizing an aspect of the fen landscape; what do you see, a wild, unpeopled place, or a landscape shaped? No previous experience or prior knowledge is required, just a natural interest and enthusiasm.
  • Where: Wicken Fen
  • Organised by: National Trust
  • Is this event free? No. £45, booking required.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? More suited to adults than children.
  • Website: Writing the Fens

Discovery Talk: Tracking migratory birds to understand population declines

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  • When: Saturday 16 March, 10am – 4pm
  • What: Many of the migratory birds that breed in the UK are experiencing rapid population declines. Join Chris Hewson of the British Trust for Ornithology and find out how the miniaturisation of tracking devices has revolutionised our understanding of the journeys these birds make and how this is beginning to help us understand why their populations are in decline.
  • Where: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Organised by: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Is this event free? Free, no need to book.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Suitable for ages 12+
  • Website: Tracking migratory birds

Creating at wildlife tour with the Arctic Sami

CNHS 190314 Reindeer-in-tundra-Varanger-Norway (credit K Hand)
  • When: Thursday 14 March, 6.15 – 8.30pm. Refreshments from 6:15pm, talk starts promptly at 6:45pm.
  • What:Kevin Hand, CNHS President, will tell the story of how an ecologist with 30 years’ experience of attempts at ecotourism creates a tour, beginning with a crazy road trip in Finland and Norway with some friends and turning it into an experience that involves and celebrates Sami culture and their intimate relationship with nature.
  • Where: David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ
  • Organised by: Cambridge Natural History Society and Cambridge Science Festival
  • Is this event free? Free entry as part of Cambridge Science Festival (donations welcome!); no booking required.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Age range: 12+
  • Website: Creating at wildlife tour with the Arctic Sami

Animal Explorers at the Cambridge Science Festival

  • When: Saturday 16 March, 10am – 4pm
  • What: Discover the amazing diversity of animal life at the Museum of Zoology. Get hands on to find out about the science of zoology. Meet live insects, uncover skulls, and go on a safari around the galleries.
  • Where: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Organised by:Museum of Zoology, Cambridge and Cambridge Science Festival
  • Is this event free? Free, no need to book.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Website: Animal Explorers

Farming of the future – Alternative options for agriculture and conservation

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  • When: Thursday 21 March, 6.15 – 8.30pm. Refreshments from 6:15pm, talk starts promptly at 6:45pm.
  • What: Abigail Burns, who works on ecosystem assessment, will talk on future directions for global agriculture and conservation, given increasing pressures such as population growth and climate change. She will focus on the positive side of this ever-evolving debate as well as some interesting technologies/solutions on the horizon.
  • Where: David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ
  • Organised by: Cambridge Natural History Society and Cambridge Science Festival
  • Is this event free? Free entry as part of Cambridge Science Festival (donations welcome!); no booking required.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Age range: 12+
  • Website: Farming of the future

Origin Story: A Museum of Zoology Late

Zoology Late Adults in the gallery ©University of Cambridge + Mike Cameron
  • When: Friday 22 March, 6 – 9pm
  • What: Grab your ‘spirits of wine’ and journey back in time as we celebrate the 200thanniversary of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. Check out some of Darwin’s experiments, get creative with steam-punk makes, and explore the origins of the Museum.
  • Where: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
  • Organised by: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, Darwin Correspondence Project and Whipple Museum of the History of Science.
  • Is this event free? Free, no need to book.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? No.
  • Website: Origin Story

Painting the Fens

A painter in the garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
  • When: Saturday 30 March, 10.20am – 4pm
  • What: We will have a go at basic drawings and then watercolour techniques to create a watercolour fenland landscape. The teaching on the day will be suitable for beginners, but also for anyone with some experience who wants to improve.
  • Where: Wicken Fen
  • Organised by: National Trust
  • Is this event free? No. £40, booking required.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? No.
  • Website: Painting the Fens

What events are on in Devon this month?

Amazing creatures: a solo show of animal and bird sculptures by artist David Cooke

  • When: Saturday 30 March – Friday 12 April
  • What:West Yorkshire artist David Cooke is one of Britain’s most well-known wildlife sculptors. Appealing to animal enthusiasts and art lovers alike, David works across mediums including clay, bronze, bronze resin, and mixed media. his animal and bird pieces both large and small project originality and presence.
  • Where:Steam Gallery, Fore Street, Beer, Devon
  • Organised by: Steam Gallery and Marine House at Beer
  • Is this event free? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, but accompanied by adults.
  • Website: Amazing creatures

What events are on in Essex this month?

Silencing The Virus

  • When: Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March, 11am – 3pm
  • What: ‘Silencing The Virus’ is an interactive Sci-Art digital installation work that combines art, science & technology to raise awareness of the global threat to the bees. The immersive audience experience lasts between 10-15 minutes, this will be accompanied by a pop up exhibition explaining the work.
  • Where: Unit 5, The Meadows Shopping Centre, Chelmsford, Essex
  • Is this event free? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – e-mail artist via website for details.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes, 8+
  • Website: Silencing The Virus

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 Lancashire this month?

Reserve walk at Brockholes

  • When: Sunday 3 March, 11am – 1pm
  • What:Join a guided walk at Brockholes Nature Reserve to learn more about the wildlife that thrives there and hear about our conservation work on-site. Keep your eyes peeled and you could spot creatures including brown hares, roe deer and a host of wonderful wading birds.
  • Where: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire
  • Organised by: Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? Yes. no need to book.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: Reserve Walk at Brockholes

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 – 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?

What Lies Beneath? and Wilderness lecture

  • When: Exhibition: Tuesday 5 – Saturday 6 March. Illustrated lecture: Saturday 9 March, 2pm
  • What: Norfolk diver Rob Spray will be giving an illustrated lecture about 300 million years of Britain’s Great Barrier Reef off the county’s coast. The event takes place during What Lies Beneath?, an exhibition of work by local glass artist Sue Purser Hope and Rainie Kay, inspired by the world’s longest chalk reef off the coast of Norfolk. A chance meeting with Rob Spray from Seasearch instigated this collaboration between Rainie and Sue and celebrates the reef’s extraordinary and beautiful world. 
  • Where: Anteros Gallery
  • Is this event suitable for children? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Is this event free? £10 per ticket for Wilderness lecture.
  • Website: Wilderness lecture

EVENTS IN SCOTLAND

What events are on in the Scottish Highlands this month?

Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms

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  • When: Wednesday 6, 13, 20 and 27 March, 7 – 9pm
  • What: Come and explore your responses to nature through these fun and supportive creative writing activities. Led by Merryn Glover, Writer-in-Residence for the Cairngorms National Park.
  • Where: Aviemore Community Centre
  • Organised by: Cairngorms National Park Authority
  • Is this event free? Yes, but booking essential.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Suitable for 16+.
  • Is this event accessible? Wheelchair accessible.
  • Website: Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms

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
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  • 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

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.