Wildlife discovery courses for adults

Group identifying wildflowers (c) Suzi RicherGroup identifying wildflowers (c) Suzi Richer

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? We'll be looking more closely at water voles, dormice, freshwater invertebrates, bees, wildflowers, centipedes and more.

Each year we run a series of natural history courses aimed at helping adults discover more about our local wildlife and environment.

Courses involve indoor and outdoor sessions (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.

No previous experience or knowledge is required (unless stated otherwise) and all our courses are delivered by natural history experts in a friendly and informal environment.

See below for booking information.

Birdsong Identification for Beginners at Lower Smite Farm (fully booked - contact us to put your name on the reserve list)

Saturday 29th 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: £15

Fossils and Flowers at Penny Hill Bank

Saturday 20th May
10:00am - 3:00am

Led by: Geologist – Liz Etheridge

Discover how Worcestershire’s geology influences its wide range of habitats at this flower-rich limestone grassland near Martley. Find out how the wildlife we see today links back in geological time.
Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £20

Butterflies of Wyre Forest

Saturday 17th June
10:00am - 3:00am

Led by: West Midlands Butterfly Conservation – Mike Williams

Discover a range of woodland and meadow species of butterfly in the Wyre Forest. Find out how to tell your dingy skipper from your large skipper, and how to identify a wood white and common blue.
Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £20

Hoverflies at Monkwood

Saturday 24th June
10:00am - 1:30pm

Led by: Naturalists – Harry Green and Steve Bloomfield

Find out how to identify the most common species of hoverfly you’re likely to find at this woodland reserve. Uncover the secret world of hoverflies and get started on your way to understanding their lifecycle and identification.
Ideal for: Absolute beginners
Cost: £15

Bees at Lower Smite Farm

Saturday 8th July
10:00am – 3:00pm

Led by: County bee/wasp recorder - Geoff Trevis

An introduction to bees and how to identify some of the key species you’ll find around the farm and in your garden. Find out more about their lifecycle and habitats with this introductory course.
Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £20

Soil Health at Lower Smite Farm

Saturday 15th July
10:00am - 1:00pm

Led by: Farm Manager – Caroline Corsie

Soil is vitally important to life but what do we really know about it? Find out what soil wildlife is and how it helps your garden, what makes a healthy soil and how you can assess your soils health. Perfect for gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £15

Shieldbugs at Trench Wood

Sunday 6th August
10:00am - 1:00pm

Led by: Naturalist – Gary Farmer

Discover the little known world of shieldbugs at this woodland reserve and learn how to identify the most common of species. Search out these fascinating creatures and put your new identification skills to the test. Please note this course takes place on a Sunday.
Ideal for: Absolute Beginners
Cost: £15

Discovering Microscopes at Lower Smite Farm

Tuesday 12th September
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Led by: Naturalist and trustee – Harry Green, and naturalist – Martin Skirrow

An introduction to microscopes to help you get to grips with identifying the small stuff. You’ll be guided through how to use a microscope and how to key out species.
Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £15

Small Mammal Tracks and Signs at The Knapp and Papermill

Saturday 7th October
10:00am - 1:00pm

Led by: Naturalist – James Hitchcock

The Knapp and Papermill provides a perfect setting amongst the variety of habitats to discover the small mammals of Worcestershire. Learn how to identify their signs and find out what creatures visit this reserve.
Ideal for: Beginners
Cost: £20

Booking information


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

Please note: if the course is already full we can put your name on a reserve list in case of cancellations.


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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