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Join Dippy as he explores Scotland with arts and crafts, exhibitions and displays, and inspiring activities and adventures in local nature open to all.

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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

22 January - 6 May

Free

Visit Dippy in Glasgow and find out about the diversity of native Scottish wildlife past and present. Discover more about animals that are under threat because of human actions, and the steps being taken to protect them through conservation and re-wilding.

The exhibition will also highlight some of the treasures from the Carnegie Birthplace Museum, which will tell the story of the Scotsman that Diplodocus carnegii was named after.

Find out more on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum website

Winter Tree Walk

Bishops Loch Woodland
Entrance on Lochend Road opposite Dubton Street, G34 0NN

26 January 2019, 13.00-15.00

Free.

Join this guided walk and learn how to identify trees from their buds and bark, and discover the folklore of our native trees and woodlands.
Find out more on the Seven Lochs website.

Hot Rocks

Holyrood Park, EH8 8HG

27 January, 10.00-13.00

Free. Booking essential.

Discover fossilised lagoons, walk on lava and discover the fascinating geological history of Holyrood Park on this guided walk.

Find out more on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

Wader Weekend

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

2-3 February, 10.00-17.00

Normal admission fees apply.

This weekend of special wader-focused events will include talks, walks, workshops and lots of opportunities to see waders close up from a hide, or in their thousands wheeling on the high tide.

Find out more on the Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre website.

Wildlife Wonders: Tracks and Signs

Drumpellier Country Park Visitors Centre

9 February, 13.00-15.00

Free. Booking is essential.

For all you budding nature detectives out there, come along and find the signs that some of our more elusive creatures leave behind.

Find out more on the Seven Lochs website.

Come Dino With Me!

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Meet at Kibble Palace

13 February and 13 March, 10.30

Free, but pre-booking is essential.

Dinosaurs’ diet is the subject of much debate. Join fern specialist Stevie Jakusz on a tour of the ferns, cycads and other plants that could have made up the menu. 

Find out more on the Friends of Glasgow Botanic website.

The Heath Robinson World of the Triassic

Gregory (Geology) Building, University of Glasgow

14 February, 19.30

Free.

Dive into the extraordinary world of the Triassic with Dr Nick Fraser, head of the Department of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland.

Find out more on the Glasgow Natural History Society website.

Big Bird Bus Tour

Drumpellier Country Park Visitors Centre

16 February, 11.00-15.00

Free. Booking is essential.

Join our winter birds tour to visit lochs and wetland sites, looking for wintering wildfowl and other wetland birds. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Find out more on the Seven Lochs website.

Dusk Flight

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

17 February, 16.30

Normal admission fees apply. Booking is essential.

At sunset, see thousands of barnacle geese flying out to the Solway mudflats to their night-time roost. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.

Find out more on the Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre website.

Arthur’s Amble

Holyrood Park, EH8 8HG

17 February and 17 March
13.00-14.30 

Free. Booking essential.

Come along on a gentle guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice. 

Find out more on Historic Environment Scotland website

Scottish Puddle Jumping Championships

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

18-22 February, 12.00-14.00

Normal admission fees apply.

How good are you at puddle jumping? As a wetland habitat, we have plenty of fantastic puddles! Come and show us your skills at the WWT Scottish Puddle Jumping Championships.

Find out more on the Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre website.

Coolest Walk on Earth

Holyrood Park, EH8 8HG

24 February, 10.00-13.00

Free. Booking is essential.

Learn how to identify distinctive land features left by glaciers, and see how Holyrood Park has been sculpted by ice.

Find out more on Historic Environment Scotland website.

Spring Nature Photography

Hogganfield Park LNR. Meet at the Cumbernauld Road carpark

16 March, 13.00-16.00

Free. Booking is essential. Suitable for ages 14+.

Want to know how to capture great images of wildlife? Join this walk and workshop to learn about some of the tools and techniques that help you take the perfect shot.

Find out more on the Seven Lochs website.

Family Explorer Walk

Hogganfield Park LNR. Meet at the car park on Cumbernauld Road, G33 1AH

30 March, 11.00-14.00

Free. Booking essential.

Join our family-friendly Waterfowl Walk. We will learn about the different types of water birds found on Hogganfield Loch, make healthy bird food and do some crafty activities. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Find out more on the Seven Lochs website.

EGGcellent Easter Treasure Hunt

RSPB Black Devon Wetlands, Alloa FK10 1BZ 

6 April, 10.00-15.00

£3 per adult, £2 per child and £2 for RSPB members. This is a drop-in event.

The birds have been laying eggs across the reserve but we don’t know which eggs are whose. Join us on our treasure hunt at Black Devon Wetlands, solve the clues and see if you can identify the mystery eggs. There may be some surprises waiting for you!

Find out more on the RSBP website.

Seek the Highlands’ Fossil Marvels

The Old Brewery and Hugh Miller Museum, Church Street, Cromarty

7 April, 11.00-16.00             

Meet palaeontologist Elsa Panciroli at The Old Brewery, and discover dinosaurs and mammals of Jurassic Skye. Get hands-on with our Jurassic and Devonian fossil collection from North East Scotland, and you can even go on a fossil hunt if the weather permits!

At the Hugh Miller Museum you can find out all about a famous Scottish fossil collector and handle fossils in the Garden of Wonders.

Find out more on the Friends of Hugh Miller website.

Get Prehistoric! Dippy Day

Kilmartin Museum and Heart of Argyll Wildlife Visitor Centre, Knapdale

9 April, 10.00-16.00

Various activities across two venues.
Suggested donation £3 per activity. Booking is recommended.

Dive back in time with a range of hands-on workshops. Examine fossils and make your own fossil from a cast, or discover prehistoric rock art and make your own. You can even learn ancient skills from woodworking and fire-lighting.
Find out more on the Kilmartin Museum website and Heart of Argyll website.

Dinosaurs Sidekick Safari

Baron’s Haugh Nature Reserve,
Manse Road, Motherwell

10 April, 10.30-12.30 

£4 per adult, £2 per child. RSPB members go free. Booking is essential.

Don your pith helmets to hunt for the dinosaurs sidekicks in the woodland and meadows at RSPB Baron’s Haugh. Our reserve warden will show you loads of cool creatures that would have rubbed shoulders with dinosaurs millions of years ago.

For bookings and for more information, see the RSPB website.

The Quest for Castle Critters

Ardrossan Castle

13 April, 11.00-16.00

Free.

Join the Garnock Connections team to discover what wonderful wildlife we have in Ardrossan. A fun day of activities for all the family, perfect for explorers both little and big.

Find out more on the Garnock Connections website.

Beavers: Master Rewilders!

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Visitor Centre, Knapdale

17, 24, 28 April and 1 May
18.00-21.00

£6 per adult, £3 per child. 

Join us for a walk in the Atlantic rainforest and see the results of nine years’ work by nature’s ecosystem engineers: the beavers.

Find out more on the Heart of Argyll Wildlife website.

 

Seashore Safari

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Visitor Centre, Knapdale

21 April 13.00-15.00
5 May 12.00-14.00

£3 per child, adults go free.

Carsaig Bay is bursting with marine life: hermit crabs, butterfish, anemones and pipefish, to name but a few. What will end up in your bucket?

Find out more on the Heart of Argyll Wildlife website.

Beginner Birding for kids

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

22 April, 10.00-12.00

Normal admission fees apply. Booking is essential.

Use binoculars and telescopes to take a closer look at the variety of birds on our wetland reserve. Learn to recognise different garden birds, ducks and geese.

Find out more on the Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre website.

Dippy Nature Discovery Day

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Meeting point outside Argyle Street entrance.

28 April, 11.00-16.00

Free.

As part of City Nature Challenge 2019, join Glasgow museums, RSPB Scotland and a range of other partners to discover and record the amazing local wildlife. There will be walks and talks and fun activities to take part on the day looking back at how the area has changed over time, as we race against the clock to record all the wildlife we can.

Find out more on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum website.

Wild Things Fun Day at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond, High Wards Farm, Gartocharn

6 May, 10.30-15.30

£5 per child, £4 for RSPB members, adults go free.

Bring your wild things on an adventure at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. Search the pond for creatures of the deep and hunt in the meadow for beasts that creep and crawl.

Find out more on the RSBP website.

Campfire and Woodland Adventures

National Trust for Scotland Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Sunday 12 May, 11.00-15.00

Free. Booking is essential. Suitable for ages 5-12.

Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland and NTS North East Ranger Service.

Join us on a trail to discover plants and animals that survived the demise of the dinosaurs. Hunt for ancient minibeasts, craft a souvenir and toast a marshmallow around the campfire!
Find out more on the National Trust Scotland’s website.

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