Wildlife events in the Forest to get closer to nature this spring

26th Mar 2024

Spring is a great time to connect with nature and the outdoors, and what better way than by coming along to a wildlife event in the Forest this season. Whether you’re looking to brush up on your bird identification, get the kids closer to nature with our mammal marathon or be treated to the sound of birdsong with a dawn chorus walk – you’re sure to find something that suits you!


Birdwatching for Beginners 

Bird watching


Date: Sunday, 21 April & Sunday 19, May

Time: 9am - 11.30am

A free monthly walk around Rosliston Forestry Centre led by Tony Slater, taking place on the third Sunday of every month. Come along and see what birds you can spot in the Forest this Spring. 

For more information email: birdingfor@gmail.com


Amphibian & Reptile Walk



Date: Saturday, 27 May

Time: 2-4pm

Led by Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile group, come and explore the many ponds at New Lount and Coleorton Nature Reserve and find out which frogs, newts and toads live there.

To book your place and for more information, contact Marion Farrell marion.farrell@groundworknottingham.org.uk


Dawn & Dusk Chorus Walks 

Blue Tit


Date: Sunday, 5 May

Times: 4.30am & 7pm

Join guided a guided walk either at dawn or dusk on National Dawn Chorus Day with Tony Slater, a birding expert at Rosliston Forestry Centre and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Woods. Early risers will be treated to a delight for the ears as birds break into song to start the day, whilst at dusk listen out for the calls from waders and duck and maybe a hoot or screech of owls.

To book your place, contact Zoe Sewter 



Mammal Marathon



Date: 10 - 12 May 


  • Friday, 10 May - 6pm - 10pm
  • Saturday 11, May - 8am - 10pm
  • Sunday 12, May - 9am - 1pm 

An extravaganza of mammal-based activities taking place throughout the weekend at Moira Methodist Church. There is an exciting programme of talks, workshops and fieldwork. A bat talk and walk will take place in the evening, and we will have a Furry Fun Quiz to test your knowledge! 

To book your place and for more information, contact Zoe Sewter 



Wildlife Watch Moth Night



Date: Friday, 17 May

Time: 11am-4pm

An exciting chance to find out about moths through live trapping and an ID workshop at Rosliston Forestry Centre, as you learn all about the species you find, and how to identify them.

£5 per person. To book your place email 



Dragonfly Walk



Date: Friday, 17 May

Time: 11am - 1pm

Join the Environmental Education Team for a guided walk to spot adult dragonflies after they have emerged from the pond, as part of an exciting new project to help survey pond life at Rosliston Forestry Centre. Suitable for children over 8 years and adults.

No booking required.