Sunday, December 3, 2023

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Events in July

Enjoy Nature Tots For Free

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s ever popular Nature Tots, our play group with a difference, has a new series of ten sessions at Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton, all for free thanks to funding from Nestle Waters UK. Every session we meet for crafts, hands on outdoor activities, story and a snack. All done with a different wildlife theme each time.

The next session takes place on Friday 19th July from 10.30am – 12 noon at Serpentine Community Farm, Serpentine Walk, off Burlington Road 9AR. We will be looking at how our seeds and plants are growing and seeing how to care for them, as well as learning more about bugs.

Though the sessions are free, booking is essential as numbers are limited and donations are welcome.

Family Forest School Fun

Summer means it is time for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s family forest school. Come down and have fun with us in the woods at Millfield’s near Carsington Water. During these sessions we will explore the woods and get involved in activities such as learning how to build dens, taking part in imaginative play and arts and crafts. Typically we learn about using tools and how to light fires so we can cook on them.

The next session takes place on Saturday 20th July 2019.

For younger school-aged children the Family Forest School session will take place from 10.30am – 12 noon.

Family Forest School 7 years+, our Forest School session for families with children aged 7 years to 15 years old, will have all the same fun games, crafts and activities as our other family sessions, but are planned with slightly older children in mind. This session will take place from 1.30pm – 3pm.

Meet at Millfield’s car park, Carsington Water, DE6 3JS. The cost is £7 per child for all sessions, but adults are free. Please wear suitable clothes for the weather.

The cost is £4 per child. Places are limited, so please book in advance. You can now do this directly on our website –

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Beginners Wildlife ID Courses – Common Insects of Grasslands

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust would love everyone to enjoy looking at, identifying, reporting and recording the wonderful wildlife in Derbyshire, so they’ve put together a training programme which will take place between May and December 2019.

You don’t have to have any previous experience or expensive kit – just an interest in wildlife and a zest for knowledge.

The training is at beginner’s level and given by either Derbyshire Wildlife Trust staff or friends of the Trust, all of whom wish to share their expertise and enthusiasm.

The next of these sessions, with Kieron Huston focusing on common insects of the grasslands, will take place on Saturday 20th July from 10am – 4pm at the Trust’s Headquarters, Sandy Hill Lane, Main Street, Middleton, DE4 4LR. Kieron has a vast knowledge of insects and he’ll introduce you to some of the most common ones. Then it’s off to either Gang Mine or Rose End Meadows Nature Reserve to see how many species you can spot.

All training is £35 per person per day. (NB: If you book two or more separate courses at the same time you will receive a 10% discount.) Places are strictly limited to maximise the learning experience.


Wild Summer Wednesdays at Carsington Water

Make Wednesdays wild this summer at Carsington Water with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Drop into Carsington’s Outdoor Classroom for some Wild Summer fun. Activities may include camp fire cooking, pond dipping, crafts and mini beast hunting, or join a bat walk in our final summer session.

Sessions in the Outdoor Classroom will take place between 11am and 3pm on the following days:
Wednesday 24th July
Wednesday 31st July
Wednesday 7th August
Wednesday 14th August
Wednesday 21st August

The cost for Wild Wednesdays is £1 per child for entry with a £1 per child extra charge for any additional leader-led activities. There is no need to book these sessions, just drop in and pay on arrival!

There is also a Wild Wednesday Bat Walk at Carsington on Wednesday 28th August from 7.30pm to 10pm. Booking is essential for this event as numbers are limited and the cost is £5 per person.

The events, suitable for children aged 4 and over who must be accompanied by an adult, will take place at Carsington Water Visitor Centre, DE6 1ST.


Hoe Grange Open Day

Come and visit Derbyshire’s butterfly reserve at Hoe Grange Quarry to enjoy the array of beautiful butterflies that make this site their home.

This abandoned limestone quarry is of particular interest because of the diversity of butterflies which occur here including Dark Green Fritillary and the Peak District version of the Brown Argus. See the work that many volunteers have done to enhance the habitat so as to increase the biodiversity at the site. This is a drop-in event so visitors are welcome throughout the day. Join experts for a guided walk around the reserve.

The event which takes place on Sunday 21st July from 11am-4pm is free. Please park at Longcliffe Quarry. Nr Haven Hoe Farm, Longcliffe, Brassington, DE4 4HX, grid reference SK22425626 and follow the signs to the nature reserve.


Little Wildlings at the Whistlestop

Set your little wildlings free and play outdoors! Come along to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s playgroup with a difference, our session welcomes little one’s from 0-5yrs to come and get involved in some fun outdoor, nature based playtime. It’s also a good chance for parents and guardians to grab a cup of tea and have a chat.

Nature Tots is suitable for accompanied children aged 2 ½ and over. Join us on Monday 29th July from 10am until 1pm at The Whistlestop Discovery Centre: Whistlestop Discovery Centre, Matlock Bath Railway Station, DE4 3PT Booking is essential as numbers are limited. The charge is £4 per child for one session or book 6 sessions for £20.

Swift Tea Party

Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for a swift viewing party, watching these wonderful birds soar and scream across the skies from the comfort of chairs set out in the back garden, with cake and drinks provided! The swifts will soon be migrating back home, so before they do – take this opportunity to see them in the flesh!

The event takes place on Tuesday 23rd July 2019, at 52 Greenside Avenue, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8SD. Drop in any time from 7pm to 9pm but please book your place.


For more information or to book online go to or contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188 during normal office hours.

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