Open Week 2017: Event Listing!

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We are very excited to announce our 2017 Open Week agenda! It is going to be the largest and most diverse Open Week we have ever held.

Open Days 2017

Open days are Tuesday 30th May, Thursday 1st June and Saturday 3rd June (all midday – 6.00pm).

Open Day Events

Fossil Hunting : Pond Dipping : Nature Trail : Bird Watching : Snake Handling : Fossil Displays : Nature Treasure Hunt : Dissecting Owl Pellets : Lots of Fun Games and Quizzes : Face painting (Thursday 1st June only) : Plus much more!

In addition, we are also holding a series of special events, all of which are listed below:

(Events marked * – booking essential. Please call 01553 630842).

Special Events

A Walk with the Warden * (Monday 29th May – 8.00am to 11.00am)

Take a guided tour of the nature reserve and extension with reserve manager Phil Parker. An opportunity to learn more about the reserve itself and the species within it.

Bug Hunt (Tuesday 30th May – 2.00pm to 4.00pm)

Grab your magnifying glass and come down to hunt for bugs and insects with invertebrate expert Dr Peter Kirby. You’ll be amazed at what species may be found!

The Natural History of the Whittlesey Brickpits * (Tuesday 30th May – 6.00pm to 7.00pm)

Phil Parker presents an illustrated talk about the natural history of the Whittlesey brickpits from the Jurassic to the present day, including the development of Kings Dyke Nature Reserve.

Newts, bats and night time birds * (Tuesday 30th May – 9.00pm to 11.00pm)
A nocturnal walk around the reserve to look for newts, bats and night time birds

Brickworks Tour * (Thursday 25th May and Friday 2nd June – 6.30pm arrival for prompt start at 7.00pm to 8.30pm)

Follow the brick making process at Kings Dyke Brickworks on a guided tour of one of the largest brickworks in Europe (places limited/minimum age 11)

Charron Pugsley-Hill – Contemporary artist of bright, colourful and vibrant art (Thursday 1st June – Midday to 5pm)

Charron will be on site creating a piece of unique art inspired by the nature reserve. Enter our special competition on the day for a chance to win the finished art work! Also an opportunity for children to get creative and produce their own masterpieces to take home.

Face Painting (Thursday 1st June – 1:30pm to 4:30pm)

Ickle Pickle Play return for more face painting fun! What menagerie will your children transform into?

Nature Crafts with Ashley Parfitt (Saturday 3rd June – Midday to 6pm)

What can you create from natural resources found in the nature reserve?

Moth Trapping (Saturday 3rd June – 10.00pm to 2.00am (Arrive/ leave any time))

Experience the nature reserve at night and see what fascinating moth species inhabit Kings Dyke.

Bird Ringing * (Sunday 11th June – 7:00am to 9:00am)

A chance to see/learn about the bird ringing process with licenced bird ringer Alan Bull. A rare opportunity to see species up close before ringing and release.

Please note: suitable clothing and sturdy footwear is advisable for all areas. If weather is inclement for the special events, please telephone to check beforehand. Disabled access available to events marquee, bird hide and pond dipping platform.