Wildlife discovery courses for adults

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Ever wanted to learn more about the wildlife that lives alongside us in Worcestershire? Then why not book yourself onto one of our wildlife discovery courses for adults?

Our wildlife discovery courses are a fun, interactive way of learning more about the wildlife of Worcestershire. Perfect for beginners, with no expectations or prior knowledge, they are an informal way to get started. 

Starting indoors for an introduction to the subject area and a chance to look closely at the subjects through specimens and photographs, you’ll then head outside to practise your wildlife identification skills and knowledge in situ (please wear appropriate clothing and footwear).  Refreshments are provided but you may like to bring your own binoculars, hand lens (where appropriate), camera and notepad to use during the course.

All our courses are delivered by natural history experts in a friendly and informal environment.  There are general interest courses to broaden your knowledge of particular areas and habitat and species specific courses to hone in your identification. From butterflies and bees to geology and fossils there’s plenty discover on and off our nature reserves throughout Worcestershire.

Make 2018 the year that you discover more about the wonderful wildlife of our county. If you’re not sure whether a course is for you, then feel free to get in touch for a chat. 

Stream Life at The Knapp and Papermill

Saturday 17th March
10:00am - 3:00pm
Led by: Wetland Ecologist – Ed Noyes

Take a closer look at the Leigh Brook and discover what lurks beneath the surface. From invertebrates to fish, the landscape and its management, discover this important freshwater ecosystem.

Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £25

Reptiles and Amphibians at Lower Smite Farm

Saturday 7th April
10:00am – 3:00pm
Led by: Ecological Consultant – Alan Shepherd

Get up close to Worcestershire’s reptiles and amphibians and learn how to identify everything from newts and toads to slow-worms and grass snakes with this introduction to their identification, habitat and ecology.

Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £25

Birdsong Identification for Beginners at Lower Smite Farm

Saturday 28th April
7:30am - 10:30am
Led by: Trust ornithologist – Steve Bloomfield

Can you recognise a singing robin from a wren? Build upon the basic knowledge you already have about common birds in the UK and learn how to identify trickier species by sight and sound.

Ideal for: Beginners with a basic knowledge of common birds.
Cost: £20

Geology and Fossils

Saturday 19th May
10:00am - 3:00am
Led by: Geologist – Liz Etheridge

Discover how Worcestershire’s geology influences its wide range of habitats at the geologically-rich area of Martley. Find out how the landscapes we see today provide links back in geological time.

Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £25

Introduction to Insects at Ipsley Alders Marsh

Sunday 1st July
10:00am - 3:00am
Led by: Naturalist – Gary Farmer

Life is changing in the undergrowth. Delve into the fascinating world of insects by finding and identifying the main insect groups with a look at some insects that are new into the county.

Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £25

Butterflies of the Malvern Hills

Sunday 15th July
10:00am - 3:00am
Led by: West Midlands Butterfly Conservation – Mike Williams

Discover a range of grassland and meadow species of butterfly in the Malvern area. From gatekeepers and meadow browns to marbled whites and small and Essex skippers and more, explore the range of butterflies in the area.

Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £25

Dormice at Monkwood

Saturday 6th October
10:00am - 1:00pm
Led by: Naturalist – Andy Bucklitch

Enjoy an introduction to one of our most attractive but elusive endangered mammals. Gain an insight in to how they live before looking at recent nests in Monkwood, where we may be lucky enough to see one. There are very limited spaces on this course.

Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £25

Courses are advertised to members in their winter magazine; members have priority booking.  You can find out more about membership on our membership pages.


You can check availability and reserve or book your place by calling 01905 754919 or emailing Rae.


You can pay using a debit or credit card by phone on 01905 754919 or you can post us a cheque made payable to 'Worcestershire Wildlife Trust' within 7 days of reserving your place.


Your place on a course will only be confirmed once payment is received. Cancellations will incur a £5 charge per place to cover administration. Should you cancel your place within 3 weeks of the course date, we will be unable to offer a refund.


Your receipt and further course information will be sent by email (unless specifically requested otherwise). Due to their very nature, our courses are weather dependent. We always do our best to run them but if we really need to cancel you will be offered a full refund.

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