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Events in
Rockingham Forest

Butterfly Conservation local gtoup on a field trip in Fineshade

Guided walks, training and special events

Here's a list of coming events in the Rockingham Forest Vision area.  Some are organised by us, and others by our partners and associated organisations.  The red buttons will enable you to see more details or send us an email to book.  Some events have a maximum capacity, often 20 people, so please book in good time to avoid disappointment. 

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Butterfly Conservation
Field Trip

Fineshade Wood, NN17 3BB

Saturday 6  July 10:30-12:30


Walk with members of the local Butterfly Conservation group

Come along to look for the excellent range of woodland species regularly recorded here: Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Purple Hairstreak and Dark Green Fritillary. Part of the Natural England Species Recovery Programme.

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Introduction to butterflies  In Northamptonshire

Old Sulehay Nature Reserve near Yarwell

Learn about the butterfly species in Northamptonshire with the county recorder


Sunday 14 July 10:00 -16:00

Dave James will deal with the identification and life cycles of our butterflies and explain how to help with butterfly surveying. No experience or equipment necessary, though a pair of close-focusing binoculars will help.


Introduction to Forestry 

Ring Haw Field Station, near Yarwell, PE8 6PW

Friday 19 July 
9:30am - 4:00pm

An introductory courses for individuals and organisations who own or manage woodlands in the Rockingham Forest area.


Introduction to managing woodland for productivity, for climate change, for biodiversity, and for recreation.  Tutor - Jemma Cuthbert, RFS Education Officer.  Full details and bookings on the RFS website

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An encounter with bats on a summer's evening

Collyweston Great Wood PE9 3QA

Rachel Bates and members of the Cambridgeshire Bat Group will be our guides in this National Nature Reserve.

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Thursday 22 August 20:00 -21:30

We will be learning about bats and using bat detectors to locate them flying through the darkening woodland. A great memorable experience for the whole family!

Please email for more details and to book.

Free Forest Fun Day 
for all the family

Prior's Hall Park, Corby. NN17 5GS

Lots more details coming soon - but for now, save the date and read about the venue

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Wednesday 28 August 

Come and find out about your local wildlife from experts and take part in a host of nature-loving activities from bug hunting to gorilla gardening, guided walks and more. Activities will take place in the amphitheatre as well as in the gullet - a spectacular new nature reserve.

Workshop: ecology of climate change with Brian Eversham

Ringhaw, Old Sulehay Nature Reserve. PE8 6PA

Sunday 6 October 10:00 -16:00

The Trust's CEO leads a workshop on climate change and its impacts on habitats and species

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This workshop will explore underlying ecological changes.  What is happening to the climate? Impacts on habitats; how are plants  responding; changes in geographic range and biology of invertebrates and vertebrates; invasive species and diseases. 


Discovering fungi in a
National Nature Reserve

Collyweston Great Wood, PE9 3QA

Wednesday 16 October 10:00 -12:30

A guided walk of interest to anyone wanting to understand more about fungi in woodland

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A rare opportunity to visit this amazing reserve managed by Natural England.  Join Alan Robbins of the Huntingdon Fungus Group to see what species can be found at what is often the peak time of year for fungi. Please email to book.

A practical introduction to coppicing

Learn practical skills in this nature reserve. 


Sunday 10 November 10:00am - 4:00pm

This workshop led by Ian Wilson is a practical introduction to coppicing. The day will be spent looking at coppicing, layering and ride-widening and how these activities can benefit the flora and fauna of the wood.


What have you missed?

There is a complete list of all events since March 2023 here.


Our series of guided walks started at the beginning of 2022. Here you can read a report on some of the most memorable ones that took place that year.

Discovering Rockingham Forest

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