Book onto a nature walk or workshop and help us discover, identify and record the wonderful wild animals and plants of the Garden. View the full programme of activities here.
There will also be plenty of drop in activities for families too, including minibeast hunts, pond dipping, nature diary making, crafts and more. Plus we will be running a wildlife in the Garden photography competition. Please submit your photographs to iRecord or to email@example.com with your name, date of the sighting and location within the Garden.
Bookable walks and workshops on Sat 24 July
Bird call walk 10:15-11am
Join Alex Inzani as he takes a stroll around the Garden listening and spotting birds along the way.
BTO Garden BirdWatch – Why record the common species 10.00-10.30, 11.00-11.30, 12.00-12.30, 14.00-14.30 & 15.00-15.30
Watch the wildlife in the garden with Rob Jaques from the British Trust for Ornithology, and find out about adding data to the BTO Garden BirdWatch survey, a fantastic long-running citizen science project telling us about our local bird species.
Owl pellet dissection 10.00-11.00, 11:15-12:15, 13.15-14:15
Owls swallow their prey whole and ‘sick-up’ a pellet. Sounds gross but it’s only fur and bones (no squishy stuff) and looking at the bones tells us what the owl had for dinner. Join in some real forensic science and learn about the mammals available in the owl’s feeding area.
Minibeast hunts 10.15-10.45, 12:15-12.45,
Join our family friendly hunt for minibeasts living in the long grass and under logs.
Nature Walk with Prof Bill Sutherland 10.30-11.15, 12.00-12.45 & 14.30-15.15
Join Bill Sutherland, Professor of Conservation Biology, for a natural history walk around the garden spotting wildlife as you go.
Pond dipping 11.00-12.00, 13:30- 14:30
Join our family friendly discovery of the minibeasts that live in water.
Spider walk 11.45-12.30, 14:15-15.00
Explore the fascinating world of our eight-legged friends, their webs and learn how to find and identify them.
Rusts, smuts and mildews 11:30-12:15, 15:00-15:45
Join Chris Preston as he explores the tiny fungi that make plants their home. This session aims to celebrate the diversity of fungi species growing on plants and will not be providing advice to gardeners on how to control such fungi.
Butterfly spotting 11.15-12.00, 13.00-13.45, 14.45-15.30
Take a stroll around the Garden with Museum researcher Matt Hayes looking for butterflies and learn how to identify them.
Natural History Walk 13.00-14:00
Join Kevin Hand, Course Director ACE Foundation and Vice President of the Cambridge Natural History Society for a walk around the garden spotting wildlife as you go.
Dragonfly and Damselfly spotting 13.00-13.45, 14:30-15.15
Take a stroll around the Garden looking for dragonflies and damselflies and learn how to identify them.
Small mammal survey trap check 13.15-14:00
Join the Cambridgeshire Mammal Group to find out which small mammals were caught in the traps set around the Garden and watch them being released back into the wild.
Plant Ecology walk 14:00-14:45, 15:30-16:15
There are a large number of wild plants that grow amongst the scientific plant collection at the Botanic Garden and we have also recreated a number of British habitats in miniature that showcase a number of native plant species associated with these. Join Julian Doberski as he takes you on a walk around these habitats to explore their fascinating ecology.
We will again be using iRecord to collate all the wildlife records for the event. You can already start submitting your sightings in the Garden as well as see what others have already spotted this year, by visiting our iRecord CU Wildlife Recording activity: https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/join/cu-wildlife-recording. You can learn about how to submit records to iRecord here.
Visit our Wildlife pages to find out more about the wildlife in the Garden as well as discover more information about our previous Bioblitz event in 2020: Wildlife – Cambridge Botanic Garden