Manx Wildlife Week 2020

This Manx Wildlife Week we’re working to show why connecting with wildlife and the great outdoors is important.

Learn about the Islands divers’ wildlife and how we can help it thrive.

  • Runs from 26 August - 9th September 2020
  • Location All island
  • Price Free events

Wildlife Park Weekend! 28th, 29th & 30th August 2020  

Feed talks and presentations at the Curragh’s Wildlife Park throughout the day. Learn about some amazing species, their conservation, and actions you can do to help.

For more information click here.

Please note:

  • The What’s On schedule for the day will be handed to you on arrival
  • Standard admission fee and usual opening hours apply

A Walk on the Wildlife Side at The Sound – 29th August 2020, 10.30am

Manx Footpaths Conservation Group

Take a walk in our wonderful Manx Countryside with knowledgeable guides. Participants need to be of reasonable fitness as this is a moderate walk over rough coastal paths.

For further information on grades, the duration of walks and for booking, please contact: mfcgenquiries@gmail.com or phone: 07624 437978

Please note:

  • Walking boots or sturdy shoes are essential and wet gear is advised
  • Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks
  • Kallow Point, Port St. Mary map ref: SC211672
  • The walk is approx 8 miles
  • No dogs allowed

Festival of the Sea with Manx Wildlife Trust – 29th & 30th August 2020, 10am – 4pm 

Come and see the marine mega tanks, family activities, wilder future exhibition, games and wildlife shop.

For more info email: lara@manxwt.org.uk or phone: 01624 844432

Tickets: Adult – £2, Child – £1, Family – £5

Please note:

  • There is a level access but beware of wet grass
  • Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome
  • The event will be held at Port Erin Marine Labs

Calf of Man – its work and wildlife – 1st September, 7:30pm 

Gain a rare insight into the day-to-day running of the Calf of Man Bird Observatory from the comfort of your home. Find out about the various tasks the wardens carry out on the Calf of Man, from catching and ringing birds to recording moths.

Meet Aron Sapsford, Manx Wildlife Trusts Ornithological Warden at the Calf of Man Bird Observatory via Zoom (link to be confirmed).

For more information contact: enquiries@manxwt.org.uk or phone: 01624 844432

Nature on Dalby Mountain with Manx Wildlife Trust – 1st & 2nd September, 2pm – 4pm

A chance to visit the Manx Wildlife Trust nature reserve, Dalby Mountain with local naturalists Steve Crellin, Kate Hawkins and Trust Reserves Officer, Tricia Sayle.

For more information contact: enquiries@manxwt.org.uk or phone: 01624 844432

Please note:

  • The meeting point is in the car park on Dalby Mountain
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome
  • Please wear appropriate footwear/walking shoes and bring a raincoat
  • Hand lens or binoculars will be useful
  • No need to book

Himalayan Balsam Walk with the Friends of the Neb at The Raggatt – 2nd September, 11am – 12pm.

The aim of this event is to help people identify Himalayan balsam, raise the profile of Friends of the Neb and recruit enthusiastic volunteers who will be equipped to help report, map and pull Himalayan balsam.

For more info contact Roger Banks Jones on rbj@manx.net or visit the Friends of the Neb Facebook page

Please note: 

  • Wear appropriate clothes for outdoors in the Isle of Man and footwear suitable for wet areas
  • If you know you are allergic to anything you could find outdoors, bring the appropriate medication
  • There are parking spaces at the entrance to the site on Glenfaba Road. It would be good if you can car share to avoid congestion
  • Although there is room for plenty of people a maximum of 20 are going to be able to benefit from the guided walk
  • Suitable for teenagers and above

DEFA Warden Walks – 2 September, 6pm – 8pm, prompt start.

Sarah Hickey and Adam Dennard from the Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) will be joined by Shaun Gelling from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture and will lead a guided walk in the Southern Uplands. The Islands largest carbon store. The walk leaders will give an overview of the Manx Mires Partnership and discuss peatland habitats and the multiple ecosystem benefits associated with positive peatland management. Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Carbon Sequestration and storage
  • Peat depth, condition and habitat assessment survey techniques
  • Upland management and peatland restoration
  • Natural flood risk management techniques
  • Upland breeding curlew habitat

Book your place here

Please note: 

  • As you will be walking over open moorland stout waterproof boots or wellingtons will be required as well as the appropriate weather proof clothing
  • You should be reasonably fit as the terrain will be undulating
  • Well behaved dogs will be permitted, but they must remain on a lead at all times
  • Should the weather be unsuitable (heavy rain or low cloud) the walk will be cancelled
  • Please park with due consideration for other road users at the areas shown on the map only
  • This walk is limited to 20 people

A Walk on the Wildlife Side at Langness – 3rd September, 10:30am 

Take a walk in our wonderful Manx Countryside with Manx Footpaths Conservation Group.

For further information on grades, the duration of walks and for bookings, please contact: mfcgenquiries@gmail.com or phone 07624 437978

Please note:

  • The meeting point is at Derby Haven seafront, overlooking the harbour map ref: SC 286680
  • The walk is approx 3 miles of flat, easy walking
  • Walking boots or sturdy shoes are essential and wet gear and a drink are advised
  • No dogs allowed

Celtic Pacific Rainforests of the Isle of Man by Andree Dubbeldam, Manx Wildlife Trust – 3rd September, 6pm 

A guided walk to explore how some of our plantations have become temperate rain-forest habitats.

For more information contact: enquiries@manxwt.org.uk or phone: 01624 844432

Please note:

  • There will be some rough ground
  • The meeting point is at Arrasey Top car park
  • Good dogs are welcome
  • The event will be cancelled in poor weather and this will be posted on the Manx Wildlife Trust Facebook page

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Workshop – 4th September, 7pm 

Discover the species of whale, dolphin and porpoise that inhabit the seas around the Isle of Man and learn how to spot them for yourself

Limited to 15 places so please email info@mwdw.net or call 01624 610131 to reserve a place.

Please note:

  • The workshop will be held at Manx Whale and Dolphin Visitor Centre, Peel
  • Duration 45min – 1hr
  • Please park in town or on the seafront and walk up to our centre which is located in the middle of the high street
  • Frequent buses go to and from the Town Hall

UNESCO Wild Writing poetry workshop with Manx Bard Zoe Cannell – 5th September, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Taking inspiration from the Manx Bard, create poems about the nature and wildlife of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man from scratch.

To book please email: Biosphere@gov.im – As places are limited, please cancel if you cannot attend.

Please note:

  • Suitable for beginners at poetry writing or those with more experience
  • The workshop will be held in the DEFA Boardroom, Thie Slieau Whallian
  • If the weather is nice we can sit outdoors
  • free parking, tea and coffee provided
  • Suitable for age 14+

Insects of the Curraghs, task force invertebrates! Manx Wildlife Trust – 5th September, 2pm – 5pm

Interested in all things that crawl and squirm? Come meet our invertebrate group and find out how they collect samples of invertebrates for identifying, have a close look beetles, flies, spiders and other invertebrates under microscopes.

This is a drop in session,  come and join us looking at our finds under the microscope and learn more about the glorious world of invertebrates. We will give you a guided tour of our trapping techniques.

For more information contact: enquiries@manxwt.org.uk or phone: 01624 844432

Please note:

  • This event will take place in the Education Centre, Curraghs Wildlife Park and is included in the Park’s admission
  • Please wear sturdy shoes as the Curraghs area can be muddy under foot
  • Suitable for families

An Afternoon with Healing Herbs – Benefits for people and wildlife – 5th September, 2pm – 5pm

An exploration of the garden at St John’s Mill; created twenty years ago as a retreat and wildlife garden, where medicinal herbs are now being planted to add to the story. Come and learn about the herbs, taste some infusions and make your own remedy to take away.

Tickets:  £30

For more information and to book, please contact Jane Prescott: themanxherbalist@gmail.com

Please note:

  • This event is being held at the St Johns Mill, Tynwald Mills, St Johns.

The Bats of Port Soderick – 5th September, 7:45pm

Join the Manx Bat Group for a walk around Port Soderick Glen and foreshore at dusk to watch and listen to bats as they start their night time hunt for food.

Book your place here

Please note:

  • Bring weather appropriate clothing
  • Suitable for all ages

Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam with Friends of the Neb – 6 September, 1:30 – 2:30pm

The aim of this event is to help people identify Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, raise the profile of Friends of the Neb and recruit enthusiastic volunteers who will be equipped to help report and map Japanese Knotweed and pull Himalayan Balsam.

For more info contact Roger Banks Jones on rbj@manx.net or visit the Friends of the Neb Facebook page.

Please note: 

  • Wear appropriate clothes for outdoors in the Isle of Man and footwear suitable for wet areas
  • If you know you are allergic to anything you could find outdoors, bring the appropriate medication
  • Higher Foxdale – there are parking spaces outside the Foxdale Heritage Centre and Foxdale School
  • It would be good if you can car share to avoid congestion
  • Although there is room for plenty of people a maximum of 20 are going to be able to benefit from the guided walk
  • Suitable for teenagers and above

A Walk on the Wildlife Side at Ballaugh Plantation – 6th September, 1:30pm

Take a walk in our wonderful Manx countryside with the knowledgeable guides of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group. Meet at Ballaugh Plantation car park.

For further information on grades, the duration of walks and for booking, please contact: mfcgenquiries@gmail.com or phone 07624 437978

Please note:

  • Map ref: SC 353918.
  • A moderate walk of approx 6 miles
  • Participants need to be of reasonable fitness as this is a walk on plantation paths
  • Walking boots or sturdy shoes are essential and wet gear and a drink are advised
  • No dogs allowed

The Southern Manx Marine Nature Reserves – 6th September, 6:30 – 8pm

The island now has ten marine nature reserves around its coast, and the south has several of these. Join Dr Peter Duncan (Senior Marine Environment Officer at DEFA) and Dr Lara Howe (Marine Officer at the Manx Wildlife Trust) to find out some of the ongoing work in these diverse southern MNRs which are helping to protect a wide and spectacular variety of species and habitats complimented by some great photography.

Enquiries to peter.duncan@gov.im or phone: 685884

Please note:

  • This event will be held at the Erin Arts Centre,
  • Tea and coffee provided
  • Accessible building with on street parking
  • No need to book
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