Events & taster days

Check out our 2017 Activity Guide!

It’s available from various outlets across the Tame Valley Wetlands’ area and can also be downloaded here:

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This page shows our events that are running over the next few months – if it’s not shown below, please check back in a few weeks for an updated list or click the link below to view all of our live events, available to book now!

Live Events

Most of our events are FREE to the public (thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund), but booking is still essential. Please let us know well in advance if you are unable to attend so that we can offer your place to someone else – all places cost money and most activities have a waiting list.

 

Watercolour Workshop

24June

Learn how to paint bold, loose, dynamic watercolours with local artist Peter Scott. The workshop will include an introduction to the various materials and techniques, and the opportunity to paint one or two paintings with individual advice and tutoring. Weather permitting, we will paint outdoors in our quiet walled garden.

Time: Saturday 24th June, 10:00-16:00

Where: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, B46 1GA

18+ | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Understanding and Conserving Pollinators

27June

A one-day workshop led by Steven Falk (former Entomologist at Buglife and author of the Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland) looking at the different sorts of British pollinating insects and their needs.

Steven will explore the diversity of pollinators and spotlight the different habitats that they use and how to best manage these. This includes woodlands, wetlands, urban, brownfield, farmland, heathland, grassland and hedges. This will be complemented by discussion of seasonality, habitats mosaics/landscape-scale issues and the role of microhabitats and microclimates.

The workshop will be a mix of indoors and outdoors, with a chance to look at some pollinators under a microscopes and try out some identification keys. Guaranteed to change the way you think about habitats!

Time: Tuesday 27th June, 9:30-15:30

Where: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, B46 1GA

14+ | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Meadow Management

27June

Have a go at managing one of our beautiful meadows to ensure the best possible growth in future years. The session will cover practical tips and also a beginners guide to identifying the species that make up this haven for wildlife.

Time: Tuesday 27th June, 10:30-12:30

Where: Entrance to Castle Vale Conservation Area, Farnborough Road, Castle Vale, Birmingham

18+ | Free | Booking essential
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Macro Photography Course

2July

This day is for photographers who are familiar with the basics of composition and the basic controls on their camera, but who would now like to learn how to take amazing close-up images. – Led by expert Sarah Walters.

Time: Sunday 2nd July, 9:00-17:00

Where: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, B46 1GA

14+ | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Non Native Species Workshop

7July

What’s the big deal about invasive non-native species? Find out about the history, impact and control of one of the biggest threats to our wildlife. This workshop will include an indoors presentation and an outdoors session tackling Himalayan balsam at nearby Whitacre Heath Nature Reserve (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Time: Friday 7th July, 10:30-14:00

Where: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, B46 1GA

18+ | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Hedgerow Management & Tree Identification

11July

Have a go at managing a newly planted hedge to ensure the best possible growth in future years. The session will cover practical tops and also a beginners guide to identifying the species that make up the hedge.

Time: Tuesday 11th July, 10:30-15:30

Where: Entrance to Castle Vale Conservation Area, Farnborough Road, Castle Vale, Birmingham

18+ | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Summer Plants Walk

12July

Join our experts for a walk around Kingsbury Meadow Local Nature Reserve where they will introduce you to a range of wild plants.

Time: Wednesday 12th July, 14:00-16:00

Where: Kingsbury Meadow Local Nature Reserve, Kingsbury, B78 2LS

Suitable for all | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Orchid Walk

19July

Join our orchid experts on a hunt for the rare marsh helleborines at Ladywalk WMBC nature reserve!

Time: Wednesday 19th July, 10:00-12:30

Where: Ladywalk WMBC Nature Reserve

Suitable for all | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Butterfly Walk

22July

Join Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Steve Cheshire on a walk at RSPB Middleton Lakes looking for the various butterflies which live there, including the rare Painted Lady.

Time: Saturday 22nd July, 11:00-14:00

Where: RSPB Middleton Lakes, B78 2AE

Suitable for all | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Meadow Monitoring and Management

25July

Learn how to best manage and conserve meadows for wildlife diversity. We will be exploring identification of the species that grow there and discussing how to keep these areas thriving.

Time: Tuesday 25th July, 10:30-15:30

Where: Entrance to Castle Vale Conservation Area, Farnborough Road, Castle Vale, Birmingham

18+ | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Stone Carving Taster Day

5August

Learn stone carving techniques and produce your own Tudor Rose relief carving, with step-by-step tutoring. The stone, tools and protective eyewear will be provided.

Time: Saturday 5th August, 10:00-16:30

Where: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, B46 1GA

18+ | £5 each | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Summer Trees Walk

7August

Find out how to identify trees in summer when they are in full leaf.

Time: Monday 7th August, 10:00-12:00

Where: Whitacre Heath SSSI, Birmingham Road, B46 2EH

14+ | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Introduction to Hedgehog Surveying

8August

Join Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Hedgehog Officer on a search for signs of hedgehogs. You will learn all about the lives of these enigmatic creatures, the dangers that they are facing and what we can do to help. The taster session will end with a walk to monitor hedgehog survey tunnels and will equip you with the knowledge to run a hedgehog survey of your very own.

Time: Tuesday 8th August, 10:00-13:00

Where: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, B46 1GA

Suitable for all | Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Introduction to Survival Skills

10August

Join our survival expert from woodland survival crafts to try your hand at creating natural shelters and learn how to make the most of what nature can offer.

Time: Thursday 10th August, 10:00-16:00

Where: Hams Hall Environmental Centre, B46 1GA

Suitable for all | Adults £5 each – Children Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸

 

Family Bat Walk

18August

Find out all about the bats that live at Stoneydelph Lakes, in Tamworth. We’ll listen to them with bat detectors, try and spot them flying about and play games to learn about what makes bats special!

Time: Friday 18th August, 20:00-22:00

Where: Stonydelph Lakes, Tamworth

Suitable for all |Free | Booking essentialBOOK ▸