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Past Events: 2013

Last updated: 1 January 2013.

The chalk-stream River Test, Mottisfont, Hampshire, England

Photo: Looking closely at the chalk-stream River Test, Hampshire.

This is an archive of past events. For current events, please see our Forthcoming events page.


"WT" means "Wildlife Trust". Generally everyone is welcome at Wildlife Trust events, not just members.


1-10 January

  • Worcs: Worcs WT: The Natural History of Canals. Wed, 02/01/2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm. "A talk by Paul Wilkinson. Come along to this meeting of the Bromsgrove local group of WWT and find out more about canals and their wildlife from expert Paul Wilkinson. He has been a herpetologist for over 20 years and is currently an ecologist for the Canal and River Trust."
  • Glasgow: Friends of River Kelvin: Cleanup. Regular monthly cleanup. 5th January, 2013.
  • Brecknock: Brecknock WT: Annual Winter Bird Walk: Llangors Lake, Llangors. "An entertaining and informative walk to look at the hundreds of winter wildfowl and other birds, led by Andrew King.". 5th January, 2013.
  • Somerset: Somerset WT: Uphill and the Axe Estuary. "Recover from Christmas with a walk around Uphill, which will provide us with views of the Bristol Channel and Wales, and along the Axe Estuary, providing opportunities to look at wintering birds". 6th January, 2013.
  • London: Thames 21: The River Shuttle: Guided Walk. "Time to burn off that Christmas turkey and join us for a guided walk along the River Shuttle from Hall Place, Bexley to the Oval, Sidcup. Sturdy footwear advised and dress for the weather." 7th January, 2013.
  • Devon: Devon WT: Dartmoor: the source of many rivers. "An illustrated presentation on the wildlife of Dartmoor by Brian Maddock, naturalist and Dartmoor National Park" 9th January 2013.
  • London: Thames 21: Deep Water Litter Clearance Trials and Bankside Litter Clear River Cray. "As our Boat Trials are completed we will Launch the Thames21 Dinghy from the Thames21 Depot, and conduct a deep water litter pick at this location. There will be opportuities to join in and clear the river bank along Byway 106 of any rubbish." 8th January, 2013.
  • Shropshire: Shropshire WT: News from the Whitchurch Water Vole Channel. "An informative evening with members of the Whitchurch Community Water Vole Project" 09/01/2013.
  • Lincs: Lincs WT: Otters, voles and other wildlife. "An illustrated talk by Chris Manning." 10th January, 2013.

11-20 January

  • Cumbria: Cumbria WT: On the water. "Andrew Read, chairman of Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Duddon Valley Local Support Group, talks about his five-month journey in a narrow boat along the waterways of England." Friday, 11 January 2013, 7:30pm - 9:15pm.
  • North East: Wear Rivers Trust: Willow Spiling on the River Browney nr Honest Lawyer. WRT and Ferryhill Anglers will be willow spiling and looking for the help of volunteers. 13th January, 2013.
  • Herts: Colne Valley Friends of Stocker's Lake Wildlife Walk: Join the Friends of Stocker's Lake for a morning guided walk to look at wintering wildfowl on the lake. 13th January, 2013.
  • Sussex: Sussex WT: The Wildlife of Lewes and the Lower Ouse - Eastbourne Group. "An illustrated talk by the Trust's Community Wildlife Officer, Michael Blencowe." Eastbourne, Thursday 17 January, 19:30.
  • North East: Wear Rivers Trust: Rainton Burn Litter Pick. In partnership with West Rainton Green Group, we need volunteers to come and help us clean up Rainton burn by collecting litter. 19th January, 2013.
  • Cumbria: Lune Rivers Trust Meeting. The next meeting of the Lune Rivers Trust will be held on Wednesday 16th January in Tebay Sports and Social Club. 16th January 2013.
  • Wiltshire: Wilts WT: WILTS AND BERKS CANAL: A WILDLIFE CORRIDOR. "Illustrated talk by Chris Coyle. Learn how the 55 mile restoration work on the canal provides a haven for wildlife and a wildflower trail." January 16, Wednesday 7.30pm, Chippenham.
  • Dorset: Dorset WT: The River Allen Project. An illustrated talk by Amanda Broom. Thursday 17 January 2013 19:30, Christchurch.
  • Avon/Bristol: Avon Wildlife Trust: LIFE BENEATH BRITISH SEAS. Talk by underwater photographers Helen Wehner and Rick Ayrton. Jubilee Pavilion, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton, 7.30pm. 17th January 2013.
  • Cornwall: Cornwall WT: The cultural heritage of the Helford Estuary and beyond: 10,000 years of change at Gweek. "From early hunter-gatherers to Iron Age farmers and medieval communities who created a settlement pattern that remains little changed today, James Gossip will trace the cultural history of the Helford and Lizard through its wealth of archaeological evidence." Ilustrated talk. 19th January 2013.
  • Herts: Friends of the Colne Valley Park: Denham Walk via Denham Quarry: "Join the Friends of the Colne Valley and burn off those excess Christmas calories on a 3.5 mile walk exploring new tracks through Denham Quarry, along waterways, meadows, and woodlands to Denham Station returning to the Visitor Centre where Friends of CVP will receive a free cup of tea or coffee." 20th January, 2013.

21-31 January

  • Somerset: Welsh WT: The Teifi Marshes and Other Pembrokeshire Reserves. "A talk by Nathan Walton,Wildlife Trust Pembrokeshire Conservation Officer." 21 Jan 2013, Haverfordwest.
  • National: RSPB: Big Garden Birdwatch. "Helping garden wildlife is fun - and it couldn't be easier. Over the weekend of 26-27 January 2013, we'd love you, your friends and family, to get involved in - the world's largest wildlife survey!"
  • Yorkshire: Yorkshire WT: Brilliant Bitterns. "Join us on an adventure into Potteric Carr Nature Reserve (Doncaster) and see if you can spot an elusive bittern then have a go at lots of bittern themed crafts." Sat, 26/01/2013 - 10:30am - 12:30pm.
  • Hampshire: Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust: Marine Conservation in the Solent. "An illustrated talk on our local marine life, the Trust's marine conservation projects, and Marine Conservation Zones. Followed by informal questions and refreshments." 29 January 2013.
  • Somerset: Somerset WT: Reptiles & Amphibians in Somerset. "Illustrated talk by John Dickson on reptiles and amphibians found in the county; their ecology and distribution.". 30th January, 2013.


1-10 February

  • World: World Wetlands Day: 2013: 2nd February. Celebrating the Ramsar convention. This year's theme is Wetlands and Wetland Management.
    • Essex: Essex WT: World Wetlands Day Bird Walk. "To celebrate World Wetlands Day, David Petts will be running a workshop on the wetland birds of Hanningfield. The morning session will focus on the ducks on the reservoir, and then you will return to the visitor centre for a warm cup of soup and a roll. After lunch the afternoon session will look at the different types of gulls we can find on the reservoir at this time of year." 2nd February, 2013. Booking essential.
    • Gloucestershire: Glos WT: Wildfowl Watch. "Every year an amazing spectacle comes to our Coombe Hill nature reserve when hundreds of thousands of overwintering waders and wildfowl visit this wetland retreat. Join us on World Wetlands Day for a guided walk with nature reserve manager, Jackie Birch, and learn about the many species which migrate to Coombe Hill every year." 2nd February, 2013. Booking essential.
    • Devon: Devon WT: Birdwatching walk on the Exe Estuary. Led by Roger and Liz Hamling from Exmouth & Bystock DWT Local Group. 2nd February, 2013.
    • Sussex: Sussex WT: World Wetlands Day Walk. 2 mile afternoon walk: "A high tide at dusk should give views of many wetland birds around Rye Harbour’s new saltmarsh". 2nd February, 2013.
    • Brecknock: Brecknock WT: River Usk Wildlife Walk. "Circular wildlife walk of about 4 miles by the River Usk and the Canal on the edge of Brecon, chiefly looking for birds such as goosanders, dippers, and siskins. Led by local naturalist Keith Noble." 2nd February, 2013.
  • Yorkshire: Yorkshire WT: Woodland and pond management. "Come along and help with woodland pond management at Noddle Hill Nature Reserve. It's a great winter work out and a chance to learn about nature conservation." 2nd February, 10.00am.
  • Glasgow: Friends of the River Kelvin: Regular Monthly Cleanup. 2nd February, 10.30am.
  • London: Thames 21: An introduction to water quality monitoring: A one-day course designed to help you "spot the signs of an unhealthy waterway, and carry out simple tests to establish baseline data on common pollutants. You will have a go at a practical test during the session." February 2. Booking needed.
  • Oxfordshire: River and Rowing Museum: Early 20th Century Thames Poster Art. The RRM exhibition of vintage posters from London Transport continues until 1 March 2013.
  • London: Thames 21: Monday Stride Out (Community Walk): River Cray: February 4, 2013 11:00 am-2pm: "Following on from recent success our Thames21 Monday Stride Out (Community Walks) continue with a walk from Foots Cray Village to Old Bexley."
  • Cumbria: Coracle Building Course at Overwater Boats. 2nd-3rd February, 2013.
  • Warwickshire: IWA: Canal Work Party - Leamington Spa. A work party to clean up the Grand Union Canal in Leamington to remove trolleys and bikes from the canal, clear litter, trim overgrown vegetation and hopefully paint out graffiti. 3 February, 2013.
  • Herts: Survey the Colne Valley for... Wildfowl!. "Learn how to identify and survey for wildfowl and become a volunteer wildfowl surveyor in the Colne Valley. Booking essential." Saturday 2 February, Rickmansworth.
  • Somerset: Somerset WT: Reptiles and Amphibians in Somerset. "John Dickson is chairman of the Reptile and Amphibian Group of the Somerset Trust and was curator of reptiles at Bristol Zoo for ten years. His illustrated talk will show us these interesting animals hiding in our Somerset countryside." Tuesday 5th February 2013, Castle Cary.
  • Cornwall: The Friends of the Fowey Estuary: Visit to the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth. Tuesday 5th February 2013.
  • Midlands: Wildlife Trust BCN: Guided Walk at Grafham Water Reserve. "Bedford Local Group have organised a walk at Grafham Water with one of the Trust Wardens" 6 February.
  • Derbyshire: Derbyshire WT: Alien Invaders in Derbyshire. 6 February: "Paul Bratby from the Food and Envrionment Research Agency in Nottingham tells us of the work of the Plant Quarantine Pest and Disease Inspectorate, highlighting quarantine (non-native) pests and diseases that have been found in Derbyshire and some that are heading our way!".
  • Oxford: Oxford University: Re-creating meadows in a floodplain landscape. A talk by Dr. A. W. McDonald, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford. 7 February 2012, 1.10-2pm.
  • Norfolk: Norfolk WT: Wildfowl & Waders. "Sunday morning guided walks onto the reserve looking at the birds that spend the winter at Cley. They start at 10.30 and last about two hours, returning to the centre in time for lunch (not included)." Sunday 10 February.
  • Cheshire: Cheshire WT: Spike Island/Widnes Warth Marsh. "A walk focusing on the birds of the Upper Mersey estuary and adjacent saltmarshes, a variety of wildfowl and waders should be present along with a selection of winter visitors." Sunday 10 February.

11-28 February

  • Hampshire: Hampshire WT: From the Depths of the Pond. "Richard Osmand, expert on fresh water biology, will give a live display and talk about creatures of the pond such as frogs, newts, dragonfly larvae, leeches and more." 11th February.
  • Suffolk: Suffolk WT: The wildlife and military history of Orford Ness. "All welcome to join us and learn more about Orford Ness with Grant Lohoar, Coast and Countryside Manager with the National Trust." 11th February.
  • Somerset: Friends of the River Frome AGM. "We will be discussing the plans for town development and the Somerset Wildlife Trust initiative in the upper river catchment area." Tuesday 12th February, 7:30 pm at Canoe Club.
  • South Wales: Welsh WT: Return of the Beaver: "Return of the Beaver: learn more about the ecology of the European beaver and how conservationists are working on a feasibility study to reintroduce the species to Wales." 12 February, Swansea.
  • Avon: Avon WT: Water Voles: Wildlife expert Chris Sperring introduces us to the cuddly riverbank creatures on 13th February.
  • Lincs: Lincs WT: Talk: Froglife and our Native Amphibians: "Froglife is a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles - frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards - and saving the habitats they depend on. Sivi Sivanesan of Froglife will speak to us about our native amphibians." 15 February.
  • London: Thames 21: Leading a Waterway Clean Up: February 16, 2013.: "The first day of a two-part training course, designed to help you build the confidence and skills to lead a safe, effective and enjoyable waterway clean-up. By the end of day one, you will be able to plan your own clean-up, showing that you can select an appropriate site; organise tasks and equipment; spot hazards and ensure health and safety."
  • Cornwall: Friends of the Fowey Estuary/Cornwall WT: Seaquest Sundays: February 17, 2013. Regular hands-on marine surveys on the Cornish coast.
  • Yorkshire: Yorkshire WT: Sprotbrough Flash and the River Don. Guided tour of the nature reserve adjoining the River Don just outside Doncaster. 17 February, 2-3.30pm.
  • Avon: Avon WT: The Great Crane Project: An illustrated talk by Damon Bridge. 17th February, Long Ashton.
  • South Wales: Welsh WT: Welsh Marine Life and Marine Conservation: "A talk by Dr. Lou Luddington on our rich marine wildlife." 19 February, Swansea.
  • Dorset: Dorset WT: Otters and Water Voles: An illustrated talk by Rachel Janes, Conservation Officer at DWT. 7.30pm, Fontmell Magna Village Hall, 20 February.
  • Suffolk: Suffolk WT: Dragonflies of Suffolk. "Come along and learn about the dragonflies of Suffolk with expert Nick Mason." 21 February.


1-10 March

  • England/Wales border: The Big Wye Litter Pick 2013: A mammoth clean of the Wye over five dates in February and March 2nd, 5th, and 9th organized by the River Wye Preservation Trust.
  • Edinburgh: Water of Leigh: Workday at Poets Glen: 3 March, 10:00 – 12:00.
  • London: Thames 21: Leading a Waterway Clean Up: Part 2: March 3, 2013. Carrying on from the previous event last month.
  • Hampshire: Hampshire & IOW WT: Swanwick Lakes Wildlife Tots - Tadpole's Promise: March 5, 2013. Activities for pre-school children.
  • London: Thames 21: The River Shuttle: Holly Oak Wood and Willersley clean up: 6th March: "Jump in and help us to clean up the River Shuttle form top to bottom over the next 3 weeks".
  • Scotland: Scottish WT: River and Water Mammals Talk: 6th March.
  • Avon: Avon WT: MARINE LIFE AROUND BRITAIN talk: 6th March.
  • Essex: Essex WT: Talk: The Water Vole: 6th March. Talk by Darren Tansley, EWT Water For Wildlife Officer.
  • Cumbria: Cumbria WT: Restoring Cumbria's upland wetlands: 6th March: "Despite a very wet 2012, the upland peatbogs are at risk. In an illustrated talk, Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Simon Thomas will describe why they are important for both nature conservation and flood control, and what is being done to prevent erosion and excessive drainage."
  • Somerset: Somerset WT: Garden Ponds for Wildlife: A talk by Paul Newman in Shapwick. 6th March.
  • Oxford: BBOWT: Conservation of Greater Water Parsnip on the Somerset Levels: A talk by Steve Parker. 7th March. Promoted by BBOWT, but not organized by them.
  • Notts: Nottinghamshire WT: Talk: Invasive Species: "The Newark Local Group invites you to join them for a talk by the Trust's Michael Walker telling us about the 'nasties' that have invaded the county. 7.30pm 7 March".
  • Staffordshire: IWA: Yoxall and Wychnor Walk: Trent & Mersey Canal: 7th March. An easy circular walk of about 6 miles taking in the Trent & Mersey Canal near Wychnor.
  • Sussex: Sussex WT: Spring Beach Clean - Rye Harbour Event: 9th March.
  • Bedfordshire: BCN Trust: Dragonflies - The beauty and diversity of UK dragonflies: Illustrated talk by Henry Curry, secretary of the British Dragonfly Society. 8th March.
  • Sussex: Sussex WT: Spring Beach Clean - Rye Harbour Event: 9th March.
  • Gwent: Gwent WT: Pond Creation & Maintenance: This course will provide an understanding as to how ponds work, and why they sometimes fail, to enable the attendees to develop a pond and then maintain it successfully.

11-20 March

  • Essex: Essex WT: Riversearch Otter Survey Course: 12th March. This half day training session is aimed at people who wish to learn how to identify Otter (and Mink) field signs, droppings (spraints), footprints and feeding remains.
  • Hampshire: Hampshire &IOW WT: Monks Brook and River Itchen Invasive Non-Native Species Forum: 13th March. "Join the Eastleigh Biodiversity Forum to hear about the problems caused by invasive species on the Monks Brook, River Itchen and beyond."
  • Essex: Essex WT: Riversearch Otter Survey Course: 12th March. This half day training session is aimed at people who wish to learn how to identify Otter (and Mink) field signs, droppings (spraints), footprints and feeding remains.
  • Somerset: Somerset WT: Wildlife on the Somerset Levels: 12th March: "Nigel Phillips gives an informative talk on why the levels are like they are and shows what plants and animals are found there."
  • International: International Day of Action for Rivers: 14th March. The annual worldwide jamboree of the pro-river, anti-dam movement coordinated by International Rivers.
  • Peterborough: Wildlife Trust BCN: The Secret River – a closer look at the wildlife and landscape of the lower Nene valley: 14th March. Illustrated talk by Sarah Lambert.
  • Staffordshire: Staffs WT: Returning Wildlife - Otters and more: "A look back over the last 60 years an illustrated talk by Derek Crawley." 15th March.
  • Cornwall: Cornwall WT: Seaquest public sea watch at St Ives: 16/03/2013 10:00 - 14:00: "Join marine life experts to look for and learn about whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and ocean sunfish and enjoy the beautiful views!"

21-31 March

  • International: UN: World Water Day: 22nd March. This year's theme is water cooperation.
  • National: SAS Beach Cleans: 22-24th March. Over 40 cleans all around the country!
  • Kent: Kent WT: Study Day - Messing about on the river: 23 March: "If you love strolling by streams or rowing on rivers, this day gives you a chance to learn what lurks beneath the surface and rustles in the reeds. Study a river sample and begin to understand the ecology of these vital ecosystems."
  • Gloucestershire: Glos WT: OTTER HOLT BUILDING: 23rd March. Part of the Cotswold Rivers Programme. Help build an otter a home!
  • Cornwall: Friends of the Fowey Estuary: Clean up by Kayak: Sunday 24th March at 9.30am & 2pm.
  • Cumbria: Lune Rivers Trust Annual General Meeting: 26th March
  • Cornwall: Cornwall WT: The Helford VMCA's 25th anniversary celebration with talk by Paul Naylor and AGM at Gweek: "Come and celebrate our 25th Anniversary with Intrigue and Colour in the Helford. The Helford Estuary and surrounding waters are home to a fabulous variety of animals. Marine biologist Paul Naylor will use underwater photographs to show some of the secrets of their lives." 30th March
  • Middlesex: Herts WT: Hounslow Reptile Walk: 30th March



  • London: London WT: River Crane Talk Part 1: An Introduction to Fish Identification and Urban River Management: Using the River Crane as an example, we will explore some of the characteristics and challenges faced by urban rivers. We will highlight the work we can do to improve river habitats, and look at the types of fish that can typically be found in such rivers. A free event, but booking essential! 15 May 2013. The second part is on 12th June.


  • London: London WT: River Crane Talk Part 2: An Introduction to Fish Identification and Urban River Management: Using the River Crane as an example, we will explore some of the characteristics and challenges faced by urban rivers. We will highlight the work we can do to improve river habitats, and look at the types of fish that can typically be found in such rivers. A free event, but booking essential!

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