Dippy on Tour - What's on around Cardiff

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Join Dippy as he explores the Cardiff and the surrounding region: 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

National Museum Cardiff/Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd

19 October - 26 January

Free

Visit Dippy in Cardiff and find out about how the plants, animals and landscape of Wales have changed over time. Discover more about life over 300 million years ago, long ago before humans existed and even before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, when a vast swamp covered what is now Wales.

This exhibition will also highlight the catastrophic events that took place in Wales 200 million years ago which led to the first appearance of dinosaurs. In the Museum you can find out about the animals that call present-day Wales home and hear about the threats they face.   

Find out more on the National Museum Cardiff website

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Monthly Nature Ramble at Forest Farm

Meet at the Wardens Centre, Forest Farm Rd, Whitchurch

Saturday 19 October, 10.00 - 12.30

Free

Bring your binoculars (if you have them) and join the Friends of Forest Farm on a guided walk to identify the ever changing array of birds and wildlife which call Forest Farm home.

Find out more on the Forest Farm website.

Autumn Tree Walk in Roath Park

Meet at Roath Park Conservatory

Saturday 19 October, 11.00 - 13.00

Free - voluntary donation

A two hour walk around Roath Park in the company of two of the city’s finest horticulturalists to learn about the park’s many trees and shrubs.

Distance 1.6km Wheel chair accessible.

Find out more on the Outdoor Cardiff website.

Wildlife on the River Taff

Meet at Radyr Train Station

Saturday 19 October, 10.00 - 13.00

Free

Explore the delights of the river in autumn with this walk along the banks of the Taff, there may be the opportunity to see the salmon run! The walk ends at the Summer House Café in Bute Park. Please remember to bring the train fare for the return journey to Radyr if needed.

8km distance.

Find out more on the Outdoor Cardiff website.

Autumn apprentice trail

Dyffryn Gardens

Saturday 26 October to 3 November, 10.00-15.00

Normal admission prices apply

Get back to nature this half term and see if you’ve got what it takes to be a world class gardener. Identify trees by their bark, rake the autumn leaves and find out how to test the pH of soil samples.

Find out more on the National Trust website.

October half term at Tredegar House

Tredegar House

26 October to 3 November, 10.30-16.00

Normal admission prices apply (some additional charges may be in place)

Tap into your senses as you rustle through the leaves and explore everything autumn has to offer with a trail through the gardens and parkland, cook up a storm on the campfire or get crafty with vegetable printing.

Find out more on the National Trust website.

Autumn Wildlife in Bute Park

Meet at Bute Park Education Centre

Friday 1 November, 10.30 - 15.00

Free

A day of free wildlife themed activities for children and families, from leaf safaris, colour trails and guided walks outside, to unusual wildlife exhibits and art and craft activities inside the centre. A brilliant day to enjoy an autumn adventure!

Wheelchair Accessible

Find out more on the Outdoor Cardiff website.

Autumn Art Attack at Forest Farm

Meet at the Wardens Centre, Forest Farm Rd, Whitchurch

Sunday 10 November, 13.00 - 15.00

£1.50 per child  

Create a piece of autumn art from leaves, nuts and berries to take home - autumn pictures and mobiles are favourites.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wheelchair Accessible

Find out more on the Forest Farm website.

Monthly Nature Ramble at Forest Farm

Meet at the Wardens Centre, Forest Farm Rd, Whitchurch

Saturday 16 November, 10.00 - 12.30

Free

Bring your binoculars (if you have them) and join the Friends of Forest Farm on a guided walk to identify the ever changing array of birds and wildlife which call Forest Farm home.

Find out more on the Forest Farm website.

Tree Walk at Bute Park

Meet at the Summer House Café in Bute Park 

Saturday 30 November, 11.00 - 12.30

Free

Bute Park’s arboretum is home to some amazing ornamental trees. Join Malcolm Frazer to explore and learn about some of the 3,000 trees in the green heart of the city.

Find out more on the Outdoor Cardiff website.

Bird Walk Roath Park Lake

Meet opposite the lighthouse on Roath Park promenade

Sunday 1 December, 10.00-12.00

Free   

Go in search of winter birds and wildfowl around Roath Park Lake with the Community Park Ranger.

Please bring binoculars if you have them. Wheelchair Accessible. 2km distance.

Find out more on the Outdoor Cardiff website.

Monthly Nature Ramble at Forest Farm

Meet at the Wardens Centre, Forest Farm Rd, Whitchurch

Saturday 21 December, 10.00 - 12.30

Free

Bring your binoculars (if you have them) and join the Friends of Forest Farm on a guided walk to identify the ever changing array of birds and wildlife which call Forest Farm home.

Find out more on the Forest Farm website.

Bird Walk Roath Park Lake

Meet opposite the lighthouse on Roath Park promenade

Sunday 12 January, 10.00-12.00

Free   

Go in search of winter birds and wildfowl around Roath Park Lake with the Community Park Ranger.

Please bring binoculars if you have them. Wheelchair Accessible. 2km distance.

Find out more on the Outdoor Cardiff website.

Monthly Nature Ramble at Forest Farm

Meet at the Wardens Centre, Forest Farm Rd, Whitchurch

Saturday 18 January, 10.00 - 12.30

Free

Bring your binoculars (if you have them) and join the Friends of Forest Farm on a guided walk to identify the ever changing array of birds and wildlife which call Forest Farm home.

Find out more on the Forest Farm website.

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RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

Throughout the weekend of the 25 January 2020

As the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s time to turn your eyes to the skies and count the wildlife that is counting on you! You can join in at home or at a local RSPB Cymru event. More details to follow on the RSPB website.

Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff

Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is a partnership project between RSPB Cymru and the Cardiff Council providing free, nature based activities for all the family in Cardiff’s parks.

The project aims to help you and your family discover the amazing wildlife on your doorstep.  If you’d like to find out what you can do as a family to make your garden more nature friendly go to www.rspb.org.uk

Cardiff Wildlife Detectives

Cardiff Wildlife Detectives is the most exciting wildlife club in Cardiff!

Come and splash around in your wellies, get together for some pond dipping or get muddy on a mini beast hunt – there’s fun for the whole family. All sessions are led by the Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff team to help bring you and your family closer to nature all year round. Join us for a single session or as many as you can make!

  • Sunday 20 October 2019, 13.00 - 15.00
    Fungal foray at Cathays cemetery
  • Sunday 17 November 2019, 10.00 - 12.00
    Create your own wild art and music at Forest Farm
  • Sunday 15 December 2019, 10.00 - 12.00
    Conservation task at Forest Farm, followed by hot chocolate
  • Sunday 19 January 2020, 10.00 - 12.00
    Beach clean (location to be confirmed)

How to join

Email cymru@rspb.org.uk or call 02920 353000 to register. To cover the cost of resources each session costs £1.50 per child or a year’s membership is £9.00 per child.

Find out more on the RSPB website.

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