Wildlife events in September

Discover the amazing wildlife and nature events happening around the British Isles this month!

Wildlife events in September

Little egret © Andia / UIG / Getty


If you would like to submit an event for inclusion in this list, please see the bottom of this page for details.




Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden Open Day

© Iain H Leach / Butterfly Conservation

  • Saturday 15 September, 11.45am - 4.30pm
  • Prinknash Abbey, near Cranham, Gloucestershire
  • The Butterfly Nectar Garden at Prinknash is part of the walled garden owned by the monks at Prinknash Abbey, near Cranham. Members of the Branch will be on hand to answer questions about butterflies and plants and Butterfly Conservation in general. When possible we have a display of live moths too.



Butterfly Walk For Early Autumn Species

© Matt Berry

  • Sunday 30 September, 2 - 3.30pm
  • Nomansland Common, near Harpenden
  • Butterfly walk for small copper and other early autumn butterflies



Sound mirrors photography day

© Martin Jensen 

  • Tuesday 18 September, Friday 19 October, Monday 19 November, Wednesday 12 December
  • RSPB Dungeness, Kent
  • The Sound Mirrors are an iconic part of UK history, and many artists have used these to create an amazing backdrop in films, photo shoots and music videos. Usually, the Mirrors are closed off to the public so come along for one of our photography sessions! 
  • £37.69. Booking required.




Seal and Birdwatching Cruise

© James Duncan / RSPB Images

  • Wednesday 19 September, 12.45pm
  • Boston Marina, Lincolnshire
  • These 4-5 hour boat cruises are a great way to see the wildlife of The Wash. With full commentary and a team of experts on hand to spot birds and seals, you are bound to have a great time. You will be sailing aboard the Boston Belle, a historic boat now modernised and fitted with a bar, refreshments and other amenities.
  • £21 (RSPB Members £18-50).. Under 16s £11 and £10.


High tide wader spectacle

© Andy Hay / RSPB Images

  • Saturday 29 September, 8.30am
  • RSPB Freiston Shore, Lincolnshire
  • Join us as a high tide forces wading birds off The Wash and onto the lagoon at Freiston. Thousands of birds can descend on the reserve in a real natural spectacle. Our experienced guides will be on hand to point out the wildlife on view. 
  • £10 adults, £5 children. Places in the hide are strictly limited, book now to avoid disappointment.



History Tours


  • Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 September, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October, 10 - 11 am
  • ZSL London Zoo
  • A visit to ZSL London Zoo is much more than just a walk around our fascinating exhibits; it’s a trip through time. Our history tour is a fantastic addition to a trip to ZSL London Zoo. Visitors will journey through the Zoo with an experienced guide, hear stories of how ZSL helped inspire Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking work, follow the friendship of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, discover the history of the many Grade I and Grade II listed buildings at the Zoo, and much more.
  • £5 (plus normal admission prices)


Mountain Chicken Awareness Day


  • Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 September
  • ZSL London Zoo
  • The mountain chicken frog is a large and Critically Endangered species of frog currently exists in the wild only on Dominica and Monsterrat. At ZSL London Zoo, we’re working to raise awareness of the mountain chicken and the actions being taken by organisations like ZSL to help to combat the decline. Join us on 15 and 16 September 2018 to help us celebrate in a whole host of activities.


Sensational butterflies, Natural History Museum

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

  • Until 16 September
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up-close in our tropical butterfly house.This technicolour exhibition features a huge variety of these beautiful insects, ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
  • Free for members, individual £5.85, family £19.80. Booking isn't essential but tickets can be booked online.


Expeditions and endeavours, Natural History Museum

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

  • Until October 2018, 10.00am
  • Blue zone, Natural History Museum, London
  • The observations of flora and fauna made by artists on voyages of natural history have contributed greatly to our understanding of nature. The exhibition content will rotate every four months, giving you a rare opportunity to see remarkable never-before-displayed original illustrations and photographs.
  • Free event. Booking not required.


Lates, Natural History Museum

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

  • 21 September, 26 October, 6pm
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • Meet our scientists and discover more about the natural world at this free event. Attend talks in the Attenborough Studio or hang out with Hope the blue whale. Walk with dinosaurs through Earth Hall, wander through the Life in the Dark, or simply relax before a silent disco.
  • Free entry


Yoga, Natural History Museum

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

  • 9 September, 7 October, 18 November, 9 December, 8.15am
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • Rise and shine at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class. Before the Museum opens its doors for the day, join us under Hintze Hall's magnificent blue whale skeleton for an experience weaving breath-work with movement and sound.
  • Members £31.50, non members £35. Booking essential online.


Life in the dark, Natural History Museum

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

  • Until 6 January 2019, 10.00am
  • Waterhouse Gallery, Natural History Museum, London
  • Explore the extraordinary diversity of animals that survive and thrive in a world without light. From the dead of night, to the darkest caves and into the deepest oceans, there is undiscovered life in the dark. From fish to foxes, bats to boas, visitors will get up close to a huge variety of creatures specially selected from the Museum’s world-leading Collection.
  • Free for under 16s, adult £11.50-£12.50, concessions £7.50-£8.50. Booking isn't essential but tickets can be booked online.


Yamal: The stream of life, Horniman Museum and Gardens

© Horniman Museum and Gardens

  • Until 6 January 2019
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
  • Yamal: The Stream of Life is a display of over 3,000 objects from around the world that celebrates creativity and explores what it means to be human. Images by Bryan Alexander are also on display as he documents his daily life for 25 years spent in the Nenets in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia.
  • Free event. Booking not required.



Members Day and AGM with Photograph Competition

© Julian Dowding / Butterfly Conservation

  • Saturday 29 September, 2 - 5.30pm
  • Hethersett Village Hall, Hethersett, Norfolk
  • We have two speakers for the AGM plus our annual photographic competition: ‘Moth Recording at West Walton from Elgood Onwards’, an illustrated talk by Paul Waring, and ‘Recording Norfolk - What we’ve learned so far’, an illustrated talk by Andy Brazil, County Recorder.


North Yorkshire

Sketch for Survival exhibition

© Kate Fields

  • Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 September
  • Wildlife & Safari Show, Harrogate Convention Centre, North Yorkshire (see below for more information) 
  • Sketching a future for endangered species - an exhibition and auction of artwork in aid wildlife conservation. See over four hundred 26 minute sketches and other wildlife artworks by international professional and celebrity artists including Dame Judi Dench, Nick Park, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Frederick Forsyth, Mary Berry and Stephen Fry.


Wildlife & Safari Show


  • Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 September
  • Harrogate Convention Centre, North Yorkshire
  • The Wildlife & Safari Travel Show will be bursting with engaging and educational feature content, so for visitors, it will be the natural first step towards booking your trip with confidence. BBC Wildlife Magazine's editor Sheena Harvey will be chairing the A Really Wild Evening event on Saturday 29 September, in conversation with Sue Flood, Lucy Cooke and Miranda Krestovnikoff (above).
  • Ticket information on the website. 



Minerva's Owls of Bath Sculpture Trail

  • Monday 25 June - Monday 10 September
  • Bath, Somerset
  • From the end of June, 100 individually decorated large and smaller owl sculptures are to land in and around the streets of Bath for a colourful 3-month public art event to celebrate Bath’s Roman heritage and raise funds for local charities. The project takes its inspiration from the Roman Goddess Minerva, to whom the Roman Baths Temple was dedicated in the 1st century AD, and whose animal symbol was the owl of wisdom. 


South Yorkshire

Autumn walk with a warden

© Colin Wilkinson / RSPB Images

  • Sunday 16 September, 10am - 12.30pm
  • RSPB Eastern Moors, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Walk with a warden and discover which wildlife is at its busiest in autumn, which are preparing for winter and how we look after this special place for people and wildlife.
  • £3 suggested donation


West Sussex

Astronomy night

  • Friday 7 September, 8.30 - 10.30pm
  • RSPB Pagham Harbour, West Sussex
  • An evening in the company of Ian Sharp - one of the UK's leading amateur astronomers, and the BBC the Sky at Night's Pete Lawrence. Learn to recognise autumn constellations, understand the Cosmos and how we fit in and view deep space objects through quality telescopes.
  • £16 per person (£12 for RSPB members). Booking essential





Moth Trap Opening In Tarland Community Garden

© Garry Barlow / Butterfly Conservation

  • Saturday 29 September, 10.30 - 11.30am
  • Tarland Community Garden
  • Discover the marvellous diversity of moths and their roles in nature. We will unveil last night’s live moth trap catch, which can be like unwrapping a gift - you never know what delights may be inside!  Under 16’s must be accompanied. Event organised with Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service for Tarland Food & Music Festival:



Angus Butterfly ID workshop

© Tim Melling / Butterfly Conservation

  • Tuesday 11 September, 10am - 3pm
  • Monifieth
  • Come along to this free workshop to find out how to identify and record butterflies in Angus. We’ll spend the morning indoors learning about butterflies, then go for a walk in the afternoon. It’s suitable for all, from butterfly beginners to those with a bit more experience. 



Glenborrodale reserve summer walks

© Ben Andrew / RSPB Images

  • Wednesdays between 6 June - 26 September, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • RSPB Glenborrodale
  • Discover the wildlife gems of Glenborrodale reserve on this guided walk led by a local naturalist. Easy walking, though the path is uphill in sections and uneven. Stout footwear recommended. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required.
  • RSPB members £4, Non members £8, Under 16s Free


Northern Ireland

Trevor Boyd Memorial Lecture and Micro-moths training with with Dr Mark Young

© Iain H Leach / Butterfly Conservation

  • Friday 28 September, 7 - 10pm 
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • Our 2018 lecture will be delivered this year by Dr Mark Young. Mark lectures in Zoology at Aberdeen University and has authored several books. Mark will take us deep into the vivid, unexpected and beautiful world of our smallest and most prolific Lepidoptera; our micro-moths. This promises to be a fascinating evening with one of our leading experts.


How to submit an event

If you have a wildlife or nature-themed event that could be included on this page, please e-mail Megan Shersby with the following: 

  • Name of event
  • Date and time
  • Location (including county) 
  • Information about the event (no more than 50 words) 
  • Pricing and booking details
  • Publicity image (with credit)

Ideally, events should be received at least two weeks before the calendar month begins.


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