City Nature Challenge Events

City Nature Challenge events took place across the Bristol & Bath City Region and South Gloucestershire, check out the full programme of what took place between 27-30 April.

City Nature Challenge Basecamp

Friday 27 to Monday 30 April, All day

Join the City Nature Challenge team at We The Curious and Bath Central Library to find out how you can get involved. Our volunteers will be at Basecamp all weekend to help you download the iNaturalist app and start looking for wildlife straight away!

Bristol Basecamp:

Location: We The Curious, One Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5DB

Times: Friday 27 & Monday 30, 10:00am-5:00pm; Saturday 28 & Sunday 29, 10:00am-6:00pm

Bath Basecamp:

Location: Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 5AN

Times: Friday 27 & Monday 30, 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday 28, 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday 29, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Bath City Farm

Friday 27 to Monday 30 April, All day/ Guided walk Monday 30 April, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us at Bath City Farm and become a wildlife detective for the day. Discover 37 acres of wild flower meadows, rare breed animals, wildlife ponds and woodland to record as many plants, mammals, fungi, pond creatures, bugs and birds as we can!

Bath City Farm, Kelston View, Bath, BA2 1NW

Explore the farm anytime over the challenge weekend and use the iNaturalist app to record your findings. You can buy a map and guide from our shop or cafe or we will be leading a guided walk around the farm on Monday 30th April 4-6pm, including a trip up into the tree canopy in our exciting new Treehouse!

Book your space by emailing: info@bathcityfarm.org.uk 

National Trust Prior Park Garden Challenge

 

 Friday 27 to Monday 30 April, All day

Discover the incredible wildlife that makes Prior Park its home on an unforgettable day out at this 18th century National Trust estate.

Prior Park garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. There will be information available for you to undertake your own wildlife adventure through this beautiful setting.

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5AH

No booking necessary.

For more information and Prior Park opening times click here to visit the website

Bird Walk around Bristol Docks and Castle Park

Friday 27 April, 9:30am-12:30pm

Help Bristol Ornithological Club record the surprising variety of birdlife in the city on a walk around the Bristol Docks and Castle Park. If we’re lucky we may even encounter our urban Peregrine Falcons, the fastest creatures on the planet. 

Please note the meeting point has changed to Castle Park, by St Peter’s (ruin) church.

Please note this walk is 3-4 miles long. Bring binoculars if you have them, but we will have some to lend on the day. Please note that we shall be walking near water and any children will need close supervision. This event is subject to weather.

Book your space by clicking here

Abbots Pool Moth Trap and Walk

Friday 27th April, 10:00am-1:00pm

Abbots Leigh Wildlife Group will be assessing the biodiversity in our Local Nature Reserve around Abbots Pool.  There will be a moth trap on night Thursday 26th and group meeting from 10am on Friday 27th .  We will start from the dam at Abbots Pool where anybody is welcome to join us.  We will survey the pond with canoes where necessary and the steep-sided woodland with sturdy footwear!

To book your place on the walk and join the moth trap on Thursday email info@abbotsleighwildlife.com

Feed Bristol Wildlife Challenge

Friday 27 & Monday 30 April, 10:00am-4:00pm

Feed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trust’s six acre wildlife gardening hub and wildflower nursery. We have established lots of different habitats across the site in the past year and would like to capture a baseline of all the interesting things that have made the place their home. Matt Cracknell, Feed Bristol Manager, will take visitors on a tour of Feed Bristol at 11.00am, both days, to introduce people to the site and the incredible work that is done for wildlife onsite.

The café will be open throughout both days 10.00-4.00, and remember you can bring a lunch and enjoy the beautiful setting.

There are toilet facilities and shelter on site.

No booking required

Pop-up Pond Dip at Staple Hill

Friday 27 April, 11:00am-1:00pm/ Saturday 28 April, 11:00am-1:00pm

Join Sustrans to discover wildlife in and around the ditches of Staple Hill Old Railway station.

Meet at the platform of Staple Hill Old Railway Station, access from Railway Terrace, BS16 4LU

Not suitable for very young children

Book your space by clicking here or email lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk

City Nature Challenge at Wild Place

Friday 27 April, 2:00pm-3:00pm/ Saturday 28 April, 10:30am-11:30am/ Monday 30 April, 10:30am-11:30am

Join us for a guided walk and talk around the beautiful ancient woodland of Wild Place Project, spotting and identifying as many native bird species as we can!

This event is running on Friday, Saturday and Monday, please check the timings above for each day.

For more information and to book a space, please call 0117 428 5602 or email info@wildplace.org.uk.

River Bug Hunt

Friday 27 April, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Help Bristol Avon Rivers Trust monitor invertebrate species in the River Trym to test how healthy the river is!

Pollution incidents can occur in rivers from many different sources, which can have disastrous effects on the river environment and wildlife which depends on it. Certain river invertebrates are very sensitive to water quality and can be used as effective early indicators of long term river health. Invertebrates are also a major food source for everything from fish to birds.

Meet at the Entrance to Badocks Wood on Doncaster Road, Southmead.

Book your space by emailing: harriet@bristolavonriverstrust.org

Bat Walk at Eastville Park

Friday 27 April, 8:00pm-10:00pm/ Saturday 28 April, 8:00pm-10:00pm/ Sunday 29 April, 8:00pm-10:00pm

Join Avon Bat Group for a walk at Eastville Lake and the nearby woodland to see what bat species are flying around in the evening here. We will tell you all about bats and show you how to use a bat detector to listen to bat echolocation calls.

Meet at the corner of Bell Hill/Avery Road opposite the old Merchant’s Arms pub, BS16 1BL

Please note this event is taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult; no dogs (except guide dogs). Please remember to bring warm clothing, suitable footwear, and a torch. This event is subject to weather.

Book your space by emailing events@avonbatgroup.org.uk

Cubs Wildlife Walk

Friday 27 April/ Monday 30 April, Private Event

City Nature Challenge is helping Bradley Stokes Cubs group get their naturalist badges!

Expert naturalist Ed Drewitt will be taking the group on a wildlife walk to discover which creatures live in local green spaces, and teaching them how to look closely at the natural world. This is a private event.

BBC Schools’ BioBlitz

Friday 27 April, Private Event

BBC Natural History Unit will be running a BioBlitz at their HQ in Bristol for school pupils as part of City Nature Challenge. Pupils will get the chance to explore the wonderful BBC wildlife garden, and see which critters have set up residence nearby! This is a private event.


If you would like City Nature Challenge to come to your school, please visit our schools’ page where you can download some fun, free teaching resources.

Bristol City Council Culture Team BioBlitz

Friday 27 April, Private Event

As part of City Nature Challenge, Bristol City Council Culture Team are spearheading a hopeful new trend with organisations, starting with the ‘Culture Team’ coming together to contribute to knowledge of Bristol’s wildlife. A wonderful  and unusual team-building exercise that will improve the organisation’s health and wellbeing, rekindle interests in nature’s beauty and ingenuity and hopefully lead to the development of new dedicated local naturalists, who could make a scientific difference to our city. This is a private event.

Nature Spotting Walk at Sea Mills

Saturday 28 April, 10:00am-11:30am

Join this amazing nature walk from the Cafe on the Square through the ‘wild’ places of Sea Mills, as far as Sea Mills Harbour. We’ll then head back to the cafe for refreshments and recording our results!

Meet at Café on the Square, 136 Shirehampton Road, Bristol, BS9 2DY

Book your space by clicking here

Community Farm BioBlitz

Saturday 28 April, 10:00am-12:00pm

Don your wellies and become a scientist for the day at The Community Farm BioBlitz!

Under the guidance of Higgy, founder of the North Somerset Nature Net, as well as naturalists Sarah Pitt and Dave Parkinson, we’ll explore our 8 acres of organic farmland to find and identify as many different species of birds and bugs as we can. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the native creatures, big and small, living on our land.

The BioBlitz is part of the Bath and Bristol City Nature Challenge 2018. So just like real scientists, everything we find will be documented and passed on to local and national wildlife databases.

Book your space by clicking here

Family Nature Detectives Day at Newbridge Slopes

Saturday 28 April, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Visit Newbridge Slopes in Bath to explore this local wildlife site and take part in this mini-BioBlitz style event, recording wildlife findings on iNaturalist. Family nature-themed activities led by Hannah Welsh, People and Wildlife Officer at Avon Wildlife Trust.

Newbridge Slopes Newbridge Road Park and Ride, Bath, BA1 3HW

All ages welcome. Booking essential.

Book your space by clicking here

Keynsham Memorial Park BioBlitz

Saturday 28 April, 2:30pm-3:30pm

Join Keynsham Avon Wildlife Trust for a wild afternoon at Keynsham Memorial Park. Expert naturalists will be on hand to help you explore the wildlife that lives in your local park! Together, you will make wildlife records and discover which animals live in your neighbourhood!

Meet by the ponds.

All welcome, dress appropriately for the weather.

No booking necessary. Contact Kathy Farrell at keynshamawt@gmail.com or 07850 508702 for more information or if you have any questions.

Manor Road Community Woodland BioBlitz

Saturday 28 April, 4:30pm-5:30pm

Explore the magical Manor Road Community Woodland in a race to find as much wildlife as possible! Keynsham Avon Wildlife Trust will be helping visitors discover the incredible plants and animals that call the woodland their home.

Meet at the Manor Road entrance. On road parking available.

All welcome, dress appropriately for the weather.

No booking necessary. Contact Kathy Farrell at keynshamawt@gmail.com or on 07850 508702 for more information or if you have any questions.

Bath Two Tunnels Bat Walk

Saturday 28 April, 8:00pm-10:00pm

Join Sustans to explore the Two Tunnels after dark and look for nocturnal wildlife. You will also find out about the new Greener Greenways project.

Meeting point – Entrance to Devonshire Tunnel on Bath Two Tunnels route, access from Bloomfield Road and Maple Grove via adjacent Bloomfield Open Space.

Please bring a torch. Booking essential.

Email lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk for more information and map of meeting place.

Book your space by clicking here

Keynsham School BioBlitz

Saturday 28 April, Private Event

Keynsham Avon Wildlife Trust Group are bringing BioBlitz to a school in Keynsham. Pupils will get the chance to explore their local area for brilliant bugs, super snails and marvellous mammals!


If you would like City Nature Challenge to come to your school, please visit our schools’ page where you can download some fun, free teaching resources.

Humpty Dumps BioBlitz

Saturday 28 April, Private Event

This event will see a fun BioBlitz survey from some of Keynsham’s expert naturalists. The Keynsham Avon Wildlife Trust Group will be making records of Keynsham’s birds, bees and bugs! This is a private event, but make sure to check out the rest of the programme for other Keynsham-based activities to help us record as much wildlife as we can!

Growing Support Care Home Challenge

Saturday 28 April, Private Event

Growing Support and City Nature Challenge volunteers are bringing this global competition to care homes around Bristol. Residents will discover some of the incredible mammals that live around them through camera traps and mammal tracking equipment, and make some wildlife records of their own. This is a private event.

Scout’s Wildlife Walk

Saturday 28 April, Private Event

City Nature Challenge is helping Emerson’s Green Scouts group get their naturalist badges!

Expert naturalist Alex Morss will be taking the group on a wildlife walk to discover which creatures live in local green spaces, and teaching them how to look closely at the natural world. This is a private event.

Whiteway’s Wildlife

Sunday 29 April, 10:00am-11:00am

Join Blooming Whiteway in Rosewarn Park and round the estate for a App-tastic gathering of wildlife sightings.  Download the iNaturalist App and join us on our hunt for bugs, birds, flowers, fungi and unidentified wildlife! We need as many eyes, ears and spotting skills as possible – so please come along and help us explore Whiteway’s wildlife.

Meet by Rosewarn Park entrance, Whiteways, just by the circle of trees where North Way meets Haycombe Drive. Click here for a map as the park doesn’t have its own postcode – BA2 1PP is the closest.

Booking not required just drop by!

 

Wildlife Detective Challenge in Midsomer Norton

Sunday 29 April, 11:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm–2:00pm

As part of the City Nature Challenge the Avon Wildlife Trust are working with Midsomer Norton Town Council to lead a Wildlife Identification walk around Midsomer Norton Town Park.

A wonderfully diverse world of wild flowers, plants and animals surrounds us, yet their names and fascinating characteristics remain a mystery to many of us. Learning to identify our native species and enjoy the nature on your doorstep.

All ages welcome, please bring boots/waterproofs in case of rain, this event will go ahead whatever the weather!

Meet at St.Chad’s Surgery Car Park, Gullocks Tyning, Midsomer Norton.

Book your space by clicking here

Go Wild at Willsbridge Mill

Sunday 29 April, 11:00am–3:00pm

Join us for a FREE fun day of bug hunting and pond dipping. Explore the local ponds and ancient woodland and record your findings to take part in the City Nature Challenge! Everything you need to take part in this exciting event will be available from the café.

No booking required.

Hanham BioBlitz

Sunday 29 April, 11:00am-6:00pm

Join Peter Smithers from the Royal Entomological Society and our very own #TEAMINVERTS to search Hanham meadows for mini-wildlife. Discover the natural world on your doorstep with expert naturalists, learn how to make your own wildlife records, and become a real-life explorer for the day!

Meet at the meadows at the end of Roman way in Hanham. They are behind the doctors surgery which is next door to the estate. Drive down roman way and look for the signs and gazebo. OS map reference: ST 717647

No booking required.

Family Nature Adventures

Sunday 29 April, 12:30pm-3:00pm

Join the Tree Life Centre for a special one off workshop at Grimsbury Farm, BS15 9SE.

We will be using the exciting ‘iNaturalist’ app to record the species we find on site at the Tree Life Centre. Activities to include: pond dipping, bug hunting and bird watching. Experts will be on hand to help you find and identify species throughout the event.

Participants will need to access ‘iNaturalist’ app through their smart phone or tablet to take part.

*Please note that your home address must be within South Gloucestershire Council to be eligible for a place on this event.*

Book your space by clicking here

Bath Skyline Walk

Sunday 29 April, 12:30pm-03:00pm followed by refreshments and an optional lunch at The RingOBells

Join the Green Community Alliance on part of the National Trust Skyline walk with it’s spectacular views across the City of Bath. Discover meadows, woodland, ponds, ant hills, and more.

The green community groups of Bath and NE Somerset have got together with the National Trust to map out a slightly different trail along the Skyline to let us discover some of the more interesting fauna and flora that we might miss on the usual route.

Starting from the Cleveland Walk bus stop on Bathwick Hill (1), we’ll walk along Bathwick Fields (2), up to Smallcombe Wood (3), across to Rainbow Wood (4), and then back down to the Ring’O’Bells in Widcombe for a well-earned rest and refreshments.

And if you’ve a smart phone, make sure to download the iNaturalist app to record your discoveries and show the world how amazing Bristol and Bath is for people and nature.

Register below for free to let us know you’re coming and do let us know if you’ll be coming to drink, eat, or both afterwards (so we can warn the pub about expected numbers)

Book your space by clicking here

Skyline Walk with the National Trust

Sunday 29 April, Fully Booked

Discover the beautiful Bath Skyline with the National Trust’s rangers who work there and know it best. The rangers know and love the magical wildlife that can be found along the walk, and will help you record your sightings as you go. This walk is fully booked.

Meet the Researchers: Drought Risk and You

Monday 30 April, 10:00am-12:30pm

Join University of the West of England for a field trip with the researchers to discover the real-life effects of drought on our local grasslands.

The Drought Risk and You project integrates physical science with social science and narrative to produce a decision making tool to help individuals and policy makers plan their response to drought.

Drought is a natural part of the UK climate but is predicted to become more frequent and severe in the future. Grasslands are by area the most important agricultural crop in the UK, and an essential feature of most parks and gardens.

You will learn about the experiments being done by UWE’s researchers as they look at the effects of drought on plants and pollinators, learn about the types of measurement they make and why, and see some of the preliminary results. You can also help the team by making your own survey transect across the field and submit your findings to Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre.

Booking essential, details of where to meet and parking available on application.

Book your space by clicking here