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BookWood: Launch Event for Scotland's Nature Festival

Inspiring books about nature are hung from a holly oak tree in Princes Street Gardens (East) to peruse and take away for free. Read them and leave them in another public place for someone else to enjoy.

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 23 May

Free

On the bottom level of the Gardens, a few yards away from the Scottish National Gallery café. Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

Forest School Club

Do you enjoy being outside in the woods? At a Forest School session we provide the equipment, expertise and tools to enable children of all ages to develop understanding of the woodland habitat and skills to craft items from natural materials. Booking essential. Under 8's must be accompanied. People with limited…

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, Colchester

Sat 23 May

£8 per child per individual session, £6 per child per session if 6 or more sessions are booked

Sat 30 May

£8 per child per individual session, £6 per child per session if 6 or more sessions are booked

Sat 6 Jun

£8 per child per individual session, £6 per child per session if 6 or more sessions are booked

…and 5 more dates until 11 Jul

Guided Walk At Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Join Eycott Hill project officers Sue Thurley and Jody Ferguson to learn why our newest nature reserve is so special. Learn about the wildlife, habitats and geology and find out our plans for the site. Booking is required. Call 01539 816300 or mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk to reserve a place. Not suitable for…

Eycott Hill, Penrith

Sat 11 Jul

Free

Tue 28 Jul

Free

Wed 30 Sep

Free

Paddle Steamer Waverley

All aboard for a nostalgic trip on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world – a range of day, afternoon and evening cruises leave regularly from Glasgow's Pacific Quay or by coach connection from Glasgow's City Chambers.

Glasgow Science Centre

Sat 23 May

£31 / 0845 130 4647

Sun 24 May

£37 / 0845 130 4647

Tweeting Toddlers

Group for young animal lovers and their guardians. Expect songs, stories and activities, including – if the weather behaves – outside exploring. Suitable for ages 0–3.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Tue 26 May

£3 suggested donation / 0141 276 9599

Tue 2 Jun

£3 suggested donation / 0141 276 9599

Tue 9 Jun

£3 suggested donation / 0141 276 9599

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Bear Gryll's Survival Academy

Adventure day out for fathers/sons/mothers/daughters.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Sat 6 Jun

£429 1 adult & 1 child / 01483 424438

Sat 20 Jun

£429 1 adult & 1 child / 01483 424438

Sat 4 Jul

£429 1 adult & 1 child / 01483 424438

…and 6 more dates until 26 Sep

Country Wide Special Events, Brook

Sat 13 Jun

£429 1 adult & 1 child / 01483 424438

Derby Cathedral Peregrine Watch Point

Don't miss out on the chance to see the famous Derby peregrines. Celebrate the10th year of the project by visiting the Cathedral Green Watch Points. Use the telescopes to take a peek at the nest and hopefully see some chicks! Visit the blog for updates on the peregrines, blog: www.bit.ly/derbyblog   People with…

Cathedral Green, Derby

Sat 30 May

Free

Heavy Horse Show

One of Scotland's biggest heavy horse shows, offering the chance to get up close to nearly 200 horses, from tiny Shetlands through to sturdy Highland ponies and giant Clydesdales. Watch show classes, donkey classes and agility courses in the ring, take a pony ride and join in with children’s craft workshops.

National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Sun 19 Jul

£8 (£7; Children £4.50; Family £23; Members free) / 0300 1236789

Nature Links Forest School and Pop-up Play

Wee ones aged 2–5 years can enjoy the outdoors and learn in a woodland setting, with seasonally-focused sessions and opportunities for free play and exploring. Snacks and drinks are provided, and children need to come dressed in long sleeved tops and bottoms, have waterproof clothes and wear sturdy boots or footwear…

Crane Valley Park, Twickenham

Tue 26 May

£10.50

Tue 2 Jun

£10.50

Tue 9 Jun

£10.50

…and 5 more dates until 14 Jul

SPRING BUTTERFLY WALK

A spring butterfly walk in the company of an expert guide Searching for spring butterflies at Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve with Senior Reserves Officer, Paul Thrush. Meet in the lay-by on Northfield Road. Please note: this walk is subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. People with…

Aldbury Nowers, Tring

Sat 23 May

As a registered charity we request a suggested minimum donation of £3 to help towards covering our administration costs. If you book onto one of…

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Tracks and Signs with Willow Lohr

The top bush craft expert in Scotland, Willow Lohr, provides an insight into different animals’ behaviors by examining their tracks, fur, poo and anything else lying about. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

Sun 24 May

Free / 01674 830736

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

Dundee Bioblitz

Join the experts to help to identify as many plant and animal species as possible in one day. Meet down by the ponds. Activities suitable for all ages.

Trottick Mill Ponds Local Nature Reserve, Dundee

Sun 24 May

Free

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

  • 12:00 – 15:00 Dundee Bioblitz Trottick Mill Ponds Local Nature Reserve, Dundee

Farmers Helpers Workshops

Hands-on farm work sessions for ages 8–12, with plenty of opportunities to get up close to the animals – and their mess! Booking is essential.

Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh

Mon 29 Jun

£10 / 0131 623 7031

Tue 30 Jun

£10 / 0131 623 7031

Wed 1 Jul

£10 / 0131 623 7031

…and 28 more dates until 12 Oct

Greenham Common Bird Walk

Join enthusiastic birder Graeme Stewart for a monthly stroll around Greenham Common. Greenham Common has a beautiful heathland and woodland landscape with many habitats to explore. Who is this event suitable for? This event is suitable for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside and leaning about birds and…

Greenham Common, Newbury

Wed 10 Jun

Donations welcome

Wed 8 Jul

Donations welcome

Wed 12 Aug

Donations welcome

…and 7 more dates until 9 Mar 2016

Jupiter Bioblitz!

Join the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) and friends to discover the wildlife of SWT Jupiter Reserve. Become a citizen scientist for the day by finding, identifying and recording all types of wildlife. Learn why recording nature can help to look after greenspaces and waterways, and how you can help IFLI to build a…

Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth

Sat 30 May

Donations welcome / 01324 831568

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

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Make Your Own Friendly Felt Bird

Make your own felt bird on Sunday 31 May at the Welsh Wildlife Centre. Choose from six designs based on popular garden birds! Make your own felt bird on Sunday 31 May at the Welsh Wildlife Centre. Choose from six designs based on popular garden birds! The event starts at 11am and costs £2.50 per bird made. Suitable…

Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cardigan

Sun 31 May

£2.50 per bird made / 01239 621200

Meet the NTS Rangers

Join the Countryside Rangers for some children’s activities and learn about our charcoal making project at the National Trust for Scotland stall.

Blair Castle, Pitlochry

Sun 24 May

included in admission to games / 01350 728641

Part of Blair Atholl Highland Games Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

Mini BioBlitz

Find out how many species of bird, animal and plant you can recognise across the reserve. Activities include a moth morning, plant ID sessions, and guided birdwatching walks.

Loch Leven

Tue 26 May

Free

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

Mud Lark

Explore the unique habitat of estuary mud flats and see who lives in this strange place. Bring your wellies.

Balblair Wood

Wed 8 Jul

£4 (£3; Familiy £11)

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Mud Lark Balblair Wood

Open Farm Sunday

Annual event where hundreds of farmers across the UK open their farm to the public for one Sunday. Discover what it means to be a farmer and see how British food is produced. Each farm hosts its own activities including tours, nature walks, tractor and trailer rides, mini farmers' markets and animal encounters.

James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie

Sun 7 Jun

Free / 0844 928 5428

National Trust: Wembury, Plymouth

Sun 7 Jun

Free / 01752 862314

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Puffin Fest

Scotland's first ever festival to honour the most popular seabird in the country, the puffin. By May the puffin populations of the islands of Craigleith, Fidra and the Isle of May have reached their peak. Scottish Seabird Centre hosts a plethora of activities including puffin trails, puffin-spotting cruises, talks by…

Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Sat 23 May

£8.95 (£6.95; Children £4.95; Family £25) / 01620 890202

Most events are included with admission. Photography Workshops and boat trips incur an additional cost.

  • 10:00 – 18:00 Puffin Fest Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Sun 24 May

£8.95 (£6.95; Children £4.95; Family £25) / 01620 890202

Most events are included with admission. Photography Workshops and boat trips incur an additional cost.

  • 10:00 – 18:00 Puffin Fest Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Mon 25 May

£8.95 (£6.95; Children £4.95; Family £25) / 01620 890202

Most events are included with admission. Photography Workshops and boat trips incur an additional cost.

  • 10:00 – 18:00 Puffin Fest Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Twyford Wildlife Safari

Starting at the Duke of Wellington Pub garden on Twyford village high street. Explore the Loddon Nature Reserve on a wildlife trail dotted with fun activities tailored for families with children aged 5 -11. Booking required. People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Loddon Nature Reserve, 5 miles north-east of Reading

Sat 23 May

£5 per family

Wild Food at Kailzie

Discover the variety of all things edible found in the woods and the wild. From seeds to leaves and bulbs to bark, learn what the local wildlife eats and what can we safely forage for ourselves.

Kailzie Gardens, Peebles

Sat 30 May

£5 / 01721 720007

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

Wildlife Gardening Drop-in

Learn about attracting wildlife to your garden, and once you're all clued up, sit down with a brew and some baked goods.

RSPB Forsinard Nature Reserve

Sun 31 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01641 571225

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

Wildlife Photography With Paul Hobson

Learn the tricks of the trade to take the perfect wildlife shots with expert guidance from professional wildlife photographer Paul Hobson. People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Barlow Common Nature Reserve

Sat 18 Jul

£20.00 (£15.00 member)

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