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Big Biology Day

Get involved with science in the natural world in these hands-on activities. You can learn about bacteria, search for bugs and find out how to be a scientist in your own back garden – assuming that you have a back garden.

Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie

Sun 12 Oct

Included in admission / 0141 956 6100

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Cairnie Mega Maze

See if you can find your way out of the giant maize maze and into the fun yard where go-karts, swings and a straw-bale fortress await. Also have fun fruit picking and enjoying the tea rooms. In celebration of the Ryder Cup, this year's theme is a golfer.

Cairnie Fruit Farm, by Cupar

Wed 24 Sep

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 25 Sep

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 26 Sep

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 35 more dates until 31 Oct

Creepy Crawlies

Creeping and crawling animals from the insect world are on display with plenty of handling sessions and crafts for youngsters.

Edinburgh Zoo

Sat 11 Oct

included in admission / 0131 334 9171

  • 09:00 – 16:00

Sun 12 Oct

included in admission / 0131 334 9171

  • 09:00 – 16:00

Mon 13 Oct

included in admission / 0131 334 9171

  • 09:00 – 16:00
…and 13 more dates until 26 Oct

Achmelvich Coastal Walk

Meet to find out about how this beautiful land has changed over the last 3 billion years and how wildlife and people co-exist today.

Achmelvich Beach

Thu 25 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Archaeological 'Buffet' at Loggie

Explore the remains of a Bronze Age Fort, Iron Age Dun, Medieval Fort, ruins of houses from the old village of Newton Loggie, a round house and a Semi-broch all in two short walks at Loggie! Plus enjoy fantastic views of Ullapool across Loch Broom and look down on pretty Loggie bay. Can be boggy in places so come prepared…

Various venues: Loggie, Garve

Thu 2 Oct

£5 (£3; Familiy £12)

  • 11:00 – 15:00
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Autumn Bird House

Create a stylish abode for birds this winter by decorating a wooden bird house with found natural objects, paints and varnish. Ages 7+.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Oct

£5 / 0131 228 1155

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Autumn Walk

With the grounds now closed for the winter season this is an excellent chance to enjoy the area in its full autumn splendour.

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry

Wed 22 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Biodiversity Blast: Conservation Volunteer Day

Join the rangers and get working to improve the park for local wildlife. Dress for the weather, with sturdy footwear. No experience necessary; all tools provided.

Eglinton Country Park & Visitor Centre, Irvine

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Birds for Beginners

Wrap up warm for a walk along Ullapools shore and the river mouth to look at the winter birdlife. Learn the differences between the gulls, look for waders, and hunt for dippers and wagtails by the river. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Various venues: Ullapool

Wed 5 Nov

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Birds of Prey Weekend

Beautiful, clawy birds of prey are set atop their perches, with two shows each day to show off their impressive flying skills (at 11am and 2pm).

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking

Sat 4 Oct

Free included in admission / 0845 260 9000

  • 10:30 – 16:00

Sun 5 Oct

Free included in admission / 0845 260 9000

  • 10:30 – 16:00
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Call of the Sea

An exhibition focusing on North Berwick harbour and the history of the fishing industry. Learn about the dangers of life at sea and the development of more sustainable fishing practices through real life stories, videos and artifacts. There's also the chance to meet Cap’n Salty Sea Dog, fisherman in residence, who hosts…

Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Sat 4 Oct

Included in admission / 01620 890202

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 5 Oct

Included in admission / 01620 890202

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 6 Oct

Included in admission / 01620 890202

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 41 more dates until 16 Nov

Cnoc na Staing

Join the Ranger in a walk to the best viewpoint in Lochcarron. We will follow two historic routes, the 'burma road' and an old coffin road on a circular tour. The return is through Kirkton woods which has some interesting archaeology hidden in the trees. Can be boggy in places so come prepared.

Rockvilla Hotel, Lochcarron

Wed 24 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8) / 01520 722379

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Crispy Marsh

Guided walk through parks and wildlife habitats in the south side of Glasgow.

Cathkin Braes Country Park, Glasgow

Sun 8 Mar 2015

Free

  • 11:30 – 15:30

Deer Me

Learn about the deer that roam in the glen with quizzes, craft activities and trails. There is also an illustrated talk by Val Gall on Sunday at 2pm.

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Dunkeld

Sat 1 Nov

£3.50 (£2.50; Family £7; Children free) / 01350 727337

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Sun 2 Nov

£3.50 (£2.50; Family £7; Children free) / 01350 727337

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Druim an Aird

A chance to walk to the old village site of Druim an Aird high above the Pattack Falls.

Various venues: Laggan, Newtonmore

Tue 7 Oct

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 10:00 – 14:00
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Eco Fair

Environmental fair with talks and stalls, outlining (among other things) the progress of Glasgow's newest park, the Dams to Darnley Country Park in Barrhead.

Barrhead High School

Sat 15 Nov

0141 577 2100

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Family Bushcraft Experience

Get the family together to see if you could survive out in the wild. Create bows and arrows, learn how to light (and extinguish!) fires, plus there are fun campfire treats.

Tir Na Nog, Balfron Station

Thu 16 Oct

£45 for one adult and one child: £15 per additional adult, £8 per additional child / 07540 246081

Suitable for ages 4–14.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Feed the Birds

Kids' crafts and learning activity, as they get to feed the birds, make a bird feeder and learn more about our feathered friends.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 27 Oct

£2.50 / 01234 767037

  • 10:00 – 10:45
  • 11:00 – 11:45

Fungi Fry Up

Informative fungi-foraging walk followed by an outdoor fry up of tasty toadstools. Booking is essential.

Tollcross Park, Glasgow

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0931

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sun 5 Oct

Free / 0141 276 0931

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Fungi Walk

Join the Ranger to learn about mushrooms, toadstools and the various other fungi.

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry

Sat 18 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

  • 10:00 – 12:00
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A Fyrish Folly above Evanton

Walk up to Cnoc Fyrish to learn about the folly and why it is there. Depending on group and weather we will endeavour to visit Little Fyrish and Creag Rhuadh follies as well.

Various venues: Evanton, Dingwall

Sat 4 Oct

£5 (£3; Familiy £12)

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Geology Rocks! (2) Did the Earth Move for You?

A fantastic walk under Jurassic limestone cliffs from North Fearns to Hallaig, returning via Beinn na Lice where dramatic evidence of a massive landslip which happened at the end of the last Ice Age can be clearly seen.

Isle of Raasay Ferry Terminal

Tue 30 Sep

£5 (£3; Familiy £12)

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Gleann Undalain–Sgùrr a' Bhraonain

A wander through the hills above Shiel Bridge. From Bealach Ràtagain we will climb Sgùrr a' Bhraonain, then follow forestry tracks to Bealachasan. From there into Gleann Undalain and down to Sheil Bridge where we thoughtfully left cars before setting off.

Shiel Bridge, Glenshiel

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£10 (£5)

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Goosy Adventure

Find out about the barnacle geese living on the reserve and take part in making a giant goose picture.

RSPB Mersehead Reserve & Visitor Centre, Dumfries

Fri 17 Oct

Free / 01387 780579

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 01387 780579

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Grab a Graham (4): Biod an Fhithich, Glen Shiel

At 644 metres, Biod an Fhithich gives great views towards Forcan Ridge, The Saddle and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Another Graham top lies not too far away so time and energy might allow us to reach the top of Meallan Obhar as well.

Màlagan Parking Area, Glen Shiel

Thu 2 Oct

£10 (£5)

  • 10:00 – 16:00
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