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Wildlife Week

23 May 2015 10:00 - 31 May 2015 17:00

Thanks to the generous support of The Friends of Ness Gardens we are running yet another half term fun programme of free events, guaranteed to entertain children (and adults!!) of all ages. So bring a picnic and make a day of it!

The whole garden is home to much wildlife, but there is a specially designated wildlife area in the lower reaches of the garden called WilderNess. The paths are mostly grassy and may not be suitable for all vsitors, particulrly those with buggies, wheelchairs and limited mobility. However, for intrepid explorers the area is worth a visit - ask at the Admissions Desk for a map and more details.

Find out more about WilderNess here


Wildlife Family Fun Trail  in the Gardens (Sat 23  - Sun 31 May)  10am-5pm 

Discover more about the wildlife of Ness Botanic Gardens and find out about their secret lives on this interactive identification trail. How much do you know about Ladybirds? Test yourself with the quiz. Toddlers can count the ladybirds and their spots! Free trail included in your normal garden admission.

Wildlife Photography Slide-show - Lecture Theatre (Sat 23  - Sun 31 May) 10 am-4.30pm 

Richard Steel's beautifully observed wildlife images will keep everyone happy. Since Richard (Wirral based) won the Countryfile calendar photography competition a few years ago, his work has gone from strength to strength. All the images are named so sit back, relax and learn a few species! Slide show last approx 30 mins, but come and go as you please.  Free.

See Richard's blog - Wildlife Photographic Journals (external Link)

Family Soil Survey in the Garden (Sat 23  & Sun 24 May) 12 noon-3pm

Take a detour from the Family Wildlife Trail and discover creatures that live in the soil and how to test soil. Hands-on activities with Wildlife Trust Staff. Free included in your normal garden admission.

Wildlife Crafts & Stories in the Visitor Centre (Mon 25 May) 11am, 1pm and 2.45 pm.

Creeping Toad environmental artist and performer will inspire you to make wierd and wonderful wildlife crafts and then entertain you with his wierd and wonderful wildlife tales!  Free.

Find out more about Creeping Toad (external link)

Ness Family Crafts in the Visitor Centre (Tues 26, Wed 27 & Thurs 28 May) 12 noon-3pm

Make a dragonfly, butterfly, spider or design your own creature, colouring corner and more with our wonderful, ever popular volunteer craft helpers. Free.

Mini Bioblitz in the Garden on the Trail (Weds 27 May) 12 noon-3pm

Take a detour from the Family Wildlife Trail and go on a bug hunt in the garden with University of Liverpool PhD students to find out what lives here.  Have a close look at some of the bugs and beasties collected on the day at the Bug Hub.  We promise to put the bugs back! Free included in your normal garden admission.

Bees and Bugs Galore Exhibit in the Visitor Centre (Weds 27  May)  12noon-3pm

Meet Bee and Bug experts Carl Klee and Tony Parker curators from the World Museum Liverpool. Drop in to see their fabulous preserved bee and bug collections and ask them questions to discover more about these amazing creatures. Free.

Bee and Bug Walk (Weds 27 May)  3pm-4pm

Carl Clee and Tony Parker curators form the World Museum Liverpool will guide you on a tour to discover the fascinating bees and bugs that live in the garden. Meet at the Admissions desk. Free included in your normal garden admission.

Bug Activity in the Garden on the Trail (Fri 29th May)   12noon-4pm

Take a detour from the Family Wildlife Trail to meet our intrepid explorer Indiana Rob to find out more about the creatures that live in the garden. Get close up to bugs in this short drop in session. Free included in your normal garden admission.

Wildlife Story Time in the Visitor Centre (Sunday 31 May) 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Join storyteller Tom Goodale for creative and animated wildlife tales that will captivate the whole family.  Come along and enjoy. Free.

Find out more about our storyteller (external link)


Who is it suitable for?

Families - toddlers to 12 yr olds

What does it cost?

All activities are free. Some activities are in the Garden so your normal admission applies

Do I need to book a place?

No - just turn up!

Venue Details

Visitor Centre & Gardens

No ticket is required