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Choose from over 130 amazing events

Welcome to Cumbria Wildlife Trust's What's On guide. Whether you're looking for a fantastic wildlife walk, an interesting talk, a conservation work party or an event for all the family, we're sure you'll find an event in our action-packed guide that's perfect for you. Explore our events listing using the search facility below.

Cancelled events

Due to bad weather or unforseen circumstances events are sometimes cancelled. Please contact us (or the event organiser) during office hours or check back to the event's page on this website, if you want to check if the event is still taking place. If you've booked in advance and the event is cancelled, you'll be contacted by telephone.


If refreshments are provided, it will be highlighted in the event description. Therefore, please consider the duration of the event you're attending, as it may be essential for you to bring a packed lunch and sufficient drinking fluids. Also take into account the event location, as it may not be in a convenient place to access local shops and services.

Photographs at Events

Please be aware that photographs may be taken at events and used for publicity purposes. 

Under 16s

The vast majority of our events are suitable for those under the age of 16 years, and many are perfect for all the family to enjoy. However, we ask parents and guardians to use careful judgement before booking those under 16 on some events, such as conservation work parties and surveys or those taking place in the evening. If you're unsure, please contact the Trust or the event organiser for more information about the event you have in mind. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult (apart from Wildlife Watch groups).


  • Mon, 06/10/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Venue: Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

    Peter Bullard, Director of Cumbria Wildlife Trust will give an update of current activities being carried out by staff and volunteers.

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    Cumbria Wildlife Trust

  • Mon, 03/11/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Venue: Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

    How fungi affect so many aspects of our lives has always fascinated Geoffrey Kremer, a retired doctor. He promises a wealth of facts; some obscure, others more well known, accompanied by many entertaining anecdotes and photographs.

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    Fly agaric.

  • Mon, 01/12/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Venue: Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

    John Strutt in his lifetime was well known in Kirkby Stephen not least fro the free-flying macaws which still frequent the area. His commitment to conservation was less well known and Sir Martin Holdgate, chairman of the Trustees of the John Strutt Foundation, will tell us about this work both locally and at Haybridge, near Bouth.

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  • Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Venue: Friends Meeting House

    Richard Arrowsmith tells us how volunteers are estimating the water purity of the river Eden by means of river invertebrates.

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  • Mon, 02/03/2015 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Venue: Friends Meeting House

    Silviculturalist,Ted Wilson, will talk about diseases affecting trees in Cumbria, including ash, juniper and larch. He will give advice in how to recognise ash dieback disease and what we should do about it.

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    Ash Tree

  • Sat, 09/05/2015 - 11:00am - 3:00pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Venue: Smardale Gill

    Leisurely stroll looking at the local flora and fauna amidst stunning scenery. Led by Geoff Lines.

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  • Sat, 04/07/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Venue: Waitby Greenriggs

    Come and join us to find out more about this lovely reserve and the huge variety of orchids that can be found there.

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    Marsh helleborine

  • Sat, 22/08/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

    Search for bumble bees around Kirkby Stephen town centre

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    Buff-tailed bumble bee