Take part in ‘Manx Wildlife Week’

– Posted on Monday 18th March 2024

The Isle of Man’s natural environment will be celebrated in the seventh annual Manx Wildlife Week, which takes place at venues across the Isle of Man from 27 April to 5 May 2024.

Organised by Manx National Heritage, Manx Wildlife Week offers the opportunity to learn about the Isle of Man’s outstanding natural landscapes, biodiversity and wildlife.

Over twenty five events will take place throughout the week including gardening workshops, papermaking workshops, watercolour workshops, guided walks, birdwatching and an opportunity to see some of the Isle of Man’s incredible creatures with leading wildlife conservation experts.

Laura McCoy, Curator of Natural History for Manx National Heritage 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.  We extend our thanks to all those who make Manx Wildlife Week 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”.

To coincide with the weeklong celebration, ‘Wild Mann’ Nature Photography Exhibition will open at the Manx Museum, featuring stunning photographs of the Island’s wildlife.  The exhibition is free with no need to pre-book.  All other Manx Wildlife Week events are pre-bookable with limited places available – be quick to secure your place.

Find out more at:



Image caption:

Meet the Barn Owl at Curraghs Wildlife Park

Ballaugh Old Church Wildling Project.  Image credit: Jon Hawkins



Manx Wildlife Week Events programme


Whole Week

Wild Mann Nature Photography Exhibition at the Manx Museum

Natural History Gallery Trail at Manx Museum


Saturday 27th April

Composting advice session at the Green Centre, Friends of the Earth: 10:00 – 17:00 drop-in

Manx Wildlife Trust – Nature Rocks! Scarlett, 10:30 – 12 noon, £2.50 to £7.50

Power to the Peatlands, Guided walk with DEFA Upland Wardens – How managing the uplands can help stop floods and save the planet: 9:30am to 2pm. Tickets are £20 pp, which includes lunch at the Victory Café.

Sunday 28th April

Manx Wildlife Trust Dawn chorus mindfulness morning: 5:00 – 8:00

Manx BirdLife Point of Ayre family Bird Walk: 9:30 – 11:30

Himalayan Balsam ID with Friends of the Neb in Foxdale: 11:00 – 12 noon.

Manx Wildlife Trust, Wildlife in Watercolour Workshop: 11:00 – 13:00

Guided walk at the Ayres by DEFA Warden: 13:00 – 15:00


Monday 29th April

Manx Ornithological Society, Birdwatching at High Tide on Langness with Tim Earl: 14:30 – 16:30


Tuesday 30th April

Rise and Shine: Yoga with the Dawn Chorus, Thie Slieu Whallian, 7:15 – 8:15am, £16

Manx Wildlife Trust, Sound Walk at the Scarlett Peninsula: 11:00 – 13:00, £3 to £7:

A poet in the landscape; Mona Douglas & her Island magic, Moreton Hall, Castletown: 19:30 – 20:30


Wednesday 1st May

Manx National Heritage, Behind the Scenes Tour of Natural History Collections: 11:00 – 12:30


Thursday 2nd May

Manx Wildlife Trust, Billown Limestone Grassland Walk: 18:30 – 20:30


Friday 3rd May

Manx Wildlife Trust, Milntown Gardening Club Open Morning: 10:00 – 13:00

Manx National Heritage – The Nature of Paper & Pigments Workshop, SR1: 11:00 – 13:00, £30

Curragh Wildlife Park, Meet Pespi the Barn Owl: 11:30 & 13:30, standard entrance fee

Friends of the Neb, Introduction to Japanese Knotweed, Foxdale: 11:00 – 12 noon


Saturday 4th May

Curragh Wildlife Park, Meet Pespi the Barn Owl: 11:30 & 13:30, standard entrance fee

Recording underwater sounds on the Isle of Man, Leeds Beckett & Liverpool John Moores Universities: 10:00 – 11:00

Manx Wildlife Trust, Wild Churches of Mann – Rewilding your garden!: 12 Noon – 15:00 drop in

UNESCO Biosphere lecture, Wavelengths – Songs under the Surface: 19:00 – 20:30, £6

Isle of Man Invertebrate Group – Meet the Mini-beasts: 13:30 – 16:00 open afternoon

Friends of the Earth, Bee & pollinator trail/treasure hunt around Douglas: 10:00 to 17:00 drop-in

Manx Bat Group, Bat Walk in Laxey: 20:40 – 22:00


Sunday 5th May

Dawn Chorus – Southern Hills symphony of upland bird song, Cross Vein: 5:15 – 7:00

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Seawatch at Peel Bay: 11:00 – 13:00

The Manx Herbalist – Nature’s Apothecary: A Spring Herb Hunt: 14:00 – 15:30 £10


Manx National Heritage Media contact:

Lynsey Clague BA (Hons) MCIPR

Communications Manager – Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032



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