Wildlife Watch groups

Kendal kingfishers discover signs of spring on Cunswick Scar

By going along to a Wildlife Watch group you will be able to make friends with other nature detectives and have lots of fun taking part in all sorts of practical activities - from pond dipping to wildlife safaris.

Watch Groups are organised by volunteer leaders who know about the local places and wildlife. They generally work with their young members and local experts to organise all kinds of wildlife and environmental activities:


  • badger watching
  • bat detecting
  • pond-dipping
  • wildlife campaigns
  • wildlife gardening
  • mini-beast pootering
  • arts & crafts
  • environmental games
  • tree health surveys
  • composting
  • woodland wanders - and much, much more! 


Eden Dippers

Eden Dippers meet up every second Saturday in a month, during term time. The sessions start at 10am and finish at 12pm. 7-12 year olds are very welcome to join us. We meet at Kirkoswald Village Hall and aim to get out every session and use the local woodland and beck, known as The Common. Here we do our exploring, foraging and some pond dipping. Wellies and waterproofs are essential clothing! We use the hall for meeting up, our juice and biscuit time and some indoor sessions. Each session is £3 per child.

For more information or to book a place contact Gayle on 01768 870780 or email gc111@btinternet.com

Grange Outdoor Nature Club (GONK)

Grange Outdoor Nature Club meets at 2pm on the first Sunday of every month. Most of our time is spent outdoors and the meeting point changes every month so please email Ginny on the email below. Activities include exploring our local nature reserves and other fun wildlife stuff. Children from 7 to 11 are welcome but places are restricted so booking is essential. There will be a charge of £1.50 per child per session.

For more information or to book a place contact Ginny by  e-mail ginny.burnsfarm@gmail.com 

Kendal Kingfishers

Kendal Kingfishers meet on Tuesdays once a month, at Plumgarths, Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Headquarters near Kendal. Sessions run from 5.30pm-6.45pm for children aged 7-12 years old. In the spring and summer months, sessions usually take place in the grounds of Plumgarths – wellies and outdoor clothing are recommended for the fun activities e.g. pond dipping, minibeasting, tree games, moth identification. There is no membership fee, just £1.50 per session. There are a few spaces for new members, but numbers are limited to 20 children.

For more information or to book a place contact Seb on 07786 442334 or email seb_sillito@hotmail.co.uk

Muncaster Owlets

We meet at the marvellous Muncaster Castle at 3.30pm on the first Monday each month (dates may vary during school holidays). We spend our time indoors and outdoors in the castle’s grounds learning and enjoying our local wildlife. Children from 7 to 11 are welcome but places are restricted so booking is essential.

To book a place or for more information e-mail jow@muncaster.co.uk

Ormsgill Green Bees

The Ormsgill Green Bee Watch Group meet the first Wednesday of the Month 3.15pm-5pm and is based at Ormsgill Primary School. It is only open to students from the school.

Ulverston Owls

We welcome children from 5-11 to have fun outdoors exploring nature and getting creative! Our base is Ford Park in Ulverston, but some sessions are held off-site so that we can experience a range of wild places. We usually meet bi-monthly on a Saturday morning from 10am-12. We are also holding some Wildlife Watch Special events during the school holidays, all based at Ford Park. Get in touch for more information on those! Sessions cost £3/child and booking is essential. Parents are invited to stay for the session if they wish.

For more information or to book a place contact Amy Boud on 07938 878268  or email info@playful-nature.co.uk

No group in your area?

If there is no Wildlife Watch group in your area then you could set one up. All our groups are led by volunteer leaders and helpers and supported by Cumbria Wildlife Trust staff. Information on setting up a group is available from Education and Community Officer, Jamie Normington, telephone 01539 816300 or email jamien@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk