– Posted on Monday 14th June 2021

The Isle of Man’s unique natural environment is set to be celebrated in the fifth annual Manx Wildlife Week, which takes place at venues across the Isle of Man from 3rd to 11th July 2021.

Organised by Manx National Heritage (MNH), in association with Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT), Manx Wildlife Week offers the opportunity to learn about the Isle of Man’s outstanding natural landscapes, biodiversity and wildlife.

This year events include; bat walks, snorkel safaris, guided walks, bug hunts, rock-pooling, zoom talks, lectures, wildflower seed paper making and kids craft drop-in and storytelling sessions.  Most events are free and at locations throughout the Island so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Laura McCoy, Curator of Natural History for MNH said:

“Manx Wildlife Week is a great opportunity to explore and find out about our lovely Island while meeting the people who help monitor and protect the wild spaces and living creatures within it”.

Manx Wildlife Week began as a celebration of the Isle of Man joining the National Biodiversity Network, with its own dedicated site The database includes over one million biological records and is a great place to find out about the wildlife of the Isle of Man.  The records are freely searchable by the public. More than 8,200 species are currently recorded with more still to find!

Leigh Morris, Chief Executive of MWT said:

Manx Wildlife Trust are delighted to once again be contributing to Manx Wildlife Week with several of our team delivering talks and running events, ranging from bug hunts and rock pooling sessions, to upland peat surveying! We signed a memorandum of understanding with MNH in 2020 and as a development of our joint working, it is fantastic that MWT are now a designated partner in Manx Wildlife Week”.

Laura continued:

We extend our thanks to all those who have made this year’s event possible, for their help engaging with the public, sharing the wonders of the natural world and inspiring people to enjoy the Manx countryside, learn more about our Island Biosphere and respect our planet”.

All events for Manx Wildlife Week are pre-bookable with limited places available.  Bookings information is available on



Manx Wildlife Week Events:

Date Event Location
Sat 3 July
Himalayan Balsam Walk with the Friends of the Neb, 11am – 12pm The Raggatt, Peel
Bats at Silverdale with the Manx Bat Group, 9:45pm Silverdale
Sun 4 July
Snorkel Safari with Discover Diving, 9:30am Port St. Mary
The delights of rock-pooling with Manx Wildlife Trust, 1pm – 2:30pm Douglas Beach
Be a Curraghs Explorer at the Curraghs Wildlife Park, 9:30am – 4pm Curraghs Wildlife Park
Be a Curraghs Bird Explorer walk and talk, 11:30am and 1:30pm Curraghs Wildlife Park
Mon 5 July
Manx Wildlife Trust Tynwald Day bug hunt, 1pm – 2pm and 3pm – 4pm Tynwald Fair
Tue 6 July
Surveying the Peatlands with the Manx Wildlife Trust, 10am – 12pm TBC
Walk with the Warden at the new Manx BirdLife Reserve at the Point of Ayre, 10am Manx Bird Life Point of Ayre National Reserve
Manx Wildlife Trust, Hedgehog tunnels, 6pm – 7:30pm iMuseum Building
Discover whale, dolphin and porpoise species that inhabit the seas of the Isle of Man, 7 – 8pm Zoom
Whales and Dolphins of the Isle of Man, Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, 7pm Zoom
Weds 7 July
An Online Talk with MWT Calf Warden, Aron Sapsford Zoom
Thu 8 July
A Walk on the Wildlife Side with Manx Footpath Conservation Group, 1:30 – 3pm Hango Hill, Castletown
Nature Through A Lens with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, 7pm Manx Museum Lecture Theatre
Fri 9 July
Manx Birdlife Parent and Toddler story time, 2pm – 3pm Ward Library, Peel
Wildflower Seed Paper Making Workshop – Friends of Manx National Heritage, 10am – 12pm Manx Museum
Getting Closer to Nature with Manx National Heritage The Ayres Nature Discovery Centre
Sat 10 July
A Walk on the Wildlife Side with the Manx Footpath Conservation Group,  10am – 4pm Sheep Pens, Brandywell Road
Litter and its impact on our Biosphere. What can we do about it? 10:30 – 11:30am Mann Waste Recycling plant, Douglas
Wildlife Walk with Ayres Warden Louise Samson, 10am The Ayres Nature Discovery Centre
Wildlife on the Calf of Man: A Public Lecture, 4pm Manx Museum, Lecture Theatre
Wildlife on the Calf of Man: A Virtual Lecture, 4pm Zoom
Wildflower Seed Paper Making Workshop, 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 3pm Manx Museum
Invertebrates in the farm and coastal landscape Cregneash
Discover Diving Snorkel Safari, 5pm Gansey, Eel Grass Bed
Sun 11 July
Discover Diving Snorkel Safari, 10am Port Erin Breakwater
Seawatch from the Sound with Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, 11am – 1pm The Sound Car Park
Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam with Friends of the Neb, 1:30 – 2:30pm Foxdale Heritage Centre


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