Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival

This year’s Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival is a celebration of both the city’s amazing wildlife and greenspaces, and the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival!

Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival

About Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival

Events will be running between April and September, with the main focus taking place over four weekends in May and June, and concentrating on different areas of Glasgow: east 12-13 May, west 19-20 May, south 26-27 May and north 2-3 June.

The events are being organized by forty different organisations and community groups, who are all coming together to celebrate Glasgow’s greenspaces, from large parks to secret gardens.

Now in its fifth year, the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival is part of Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow, an RSPB Scotland initiative. It is aimed at connecting schools and communities with their local greenspaces and celebrating the many organisations and groups working to help make Glasgow a greener city.

Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival Events


Teddy Bears' Picnic
Saturday 12 May
10:30– 12:30
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Glasgow City Council
Bring your favourite teddy along for a story and a walk, and explore with the Countryside Rangers. Booking essential.

Baltic Street Adventure Playground
Saturday 12 May
11:00-17:00
Event Type: Hands-on activities
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Baltic Street Adventure Playground
Come and have an adventurous day out at our Baltic Street Adventure Playground. Enjoy our outdoor obstacles, vegetable garden, fruit patch.

Hanging Garden of Gibson Street
Saturday 12 May until October 2018
10:00-17:00
Event Type: Trail
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Gibson Street Community and students from Hillhead High School
Visit the pollinator corridor, a beautiful path of local flowers through the community to help bees.

Hogganfield Park’s 20th Birthday
Sunday 13 May
11:00-15:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Glasgow City Council and RSPB Scotland
Join the Countryside Rangers, RSPB Scotland and other organisations for fun activities.

Amazing Water Vole Adventures
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May
13:00-16:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
Join RSPB Scotland to learn about Glasgow’s unique water voles and take part in our activities.

Flowers in The Barras
Sunday 13 May
12:00-15:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Grow Wild and Glasgow Collective
Come and meet Glasgow Collective and Grow Wild to sow some seeds, and learn about Scottish wildflowers, and the creative businesses in the area.

A Walk to Arcadia: a Biblioblitz from the Barras to Arcadia
Sunday 13 May
11:30-13:30
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Wild City Glasgow from the University of Glasgow
Part of Wild City Glasgow 2018, by Alec Finlay and The Walking Library. We invite people to take a book from our library, and wander with us to investigate the wild around us. Children welcome, accompanied by an adult.

Wildfowl Feeding at Hogganfield Loch
Sunday 13 May
11:30 till the food runs out
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves
Join The Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves to feed the birds and learn more about them and what they eat. Meet at the viewing platform next to the car park. See website for more information: https://friendsofglasgowlnrs.wordpress.com/ 

Tweeting Toddlers at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Tuesday 15 May
11:30-12:30
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
RSPB Scotland's group for under five-year-olds with animal themed songs, stories, crafts and outdoor play.

Kelvin Biodiversity Network Exhibition
Tuesday 15 - Sunday 27 May
10:00-18:00
Event Type: Exhibition
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: Friends of the River Kelvin, Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Museums, RSPB Scotland, TCV, Glasgow Natural History Society, Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves and Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Visual display showing information from organisations involved with the biodiversity of the River Kelvin.

Glasgow Coffee Festival
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May
10:00-18:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: Dear Green Coffee
A celebration of the growing specialty coffee culture in Scotland with a two-day event showcasing the passion for quality coffee in our Scottish coffee community.

Outdoor Talk ‘n’ Walk - ‘THE HERB GARDEN’
Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May
14:00-15:00
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Historical Herbs garden walk and talk. Meet at the Kibble Palace.

Swifts in the City
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May
13:00-16:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
Join us to learn about how RSPB Scotland is trying to help swifts in Glasgow, and take part in our engaging activities.

Walk and Talk on the Birdlife of Victoria Park
Saturday 19 May
10:30-11:30
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Adults and Families
Organiser: Friends of Victoria Park
A walk led by Susan Harris to learn more about the birds in the park and what we should feed them. (Children welcome with parents). Please note this event will be weather dependent.

Kelvin Biodiversity Network Exhibition Launch
Saturday 19 May
11:00-15:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Adults and Families
Organiser: Friends of the River Kelvin, Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Museums, RSPB Scotland, TCV, Glasgow Natural History Society, Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves and Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Visit the Kelvin Biodiversity Network exhibition, with stalls and representatives from the different organisations meeting and taking questions from the public.

Launch of the Glasgow Botanic Gardens Wildlife Trail 'Beast of the Botanics'
Saturday 19 May
11:00-15:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland and Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Experience the new, wild-life themed and child-friendly walk round Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Bird Ringing Demonstration
Sunday 20 May
10:30-12:30
Event Type: Demonstration
Suitable For: Adults and Families
Organiser: Friends of Victoria Park and Clyde Ringing Group
Meet Clyde ringing Groups Dr Paul Baker and friends demonstrating how and why we put rings on birds to identify and study them. Please note this event will be weather dependent.

Dyce Park Hidden Creatures Trail
Sunday 20 May
11:00-13:00
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: FoodFruition
FoodFruition offers visitors nature-oriented activities at Dyce Park. Family and dog friendly, rain or shine.

Garden Festival Celebrations at Renfield St Stephen’s Parish Church
Sunday 20 May
13:00-16:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Adults and Families
Organiser: Renfield St Stephen’s Parish Church
Meet the community and take part in lots of fun activities for children, face painting, and a Fairtrade stall.

The Sixty Steps Secret Garden Open Day
Sunday 20 May
13:00-15:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Adults and Families
Organiser: Sixty Steps
Come and find our secret west end garden and get involved in some fun activities.

Butterfly Identification and Recording Workshop
Monday 21 May
10:00-15:00
Event Type: Workshop
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: Butterfly Conservation
A free workshop to learn how to identify common species of butterfly. Booking essential.

Tweeting Toddlers at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Tuesday 22 May
11.30-12.30
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
RSPB Scotland's group for under five-year-olds with animal themed songs, stories, crafts and outdoor play.

Indigenous Eco Spirituality
Wednesday 23 May
19:00
Event Type: Talk
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: Helen Hughes
Talk on indigenous Christian eco-spirituality and its implications for the post-Christian west, by Dr Jangkholam (Lamboi) Haokip of Manipur, NE India.

Tree Trail Tour
Friday 25 May
13:00-14:00
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Learn more about some of the amazing trees in the Botanic Gardens from Ewen Donaldson, the GBG Garden Manager.

Strathclyde Community Garden Open Day
Friday 25 May
13:00-16:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Adults and families
Organiser: University Of Strathclyde Community Garden
Join us for an afternoon of fun in our community garden with a chance to explore the garden and find out about the plants and animals that live there.

Glasgow’s House Sparrows
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May
13:00-16:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
Join RSPB Scotland to learn more about Glasgow's amazing house sparrows and take part in our activities.

Let Glasgow Flourish Exhibition
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May
10:00-16:00
Event Type: Exhibition
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
RSPB Scotland, in partnership with Glasgow City Council, are putting on an exhibition to look back at the Glasgow Garden Festival, which took place in 1988.

Habitats in the Hidden Garden
Saturday 26 May
13:00 – 15:30
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Adults and families
Organiser: The Hidden Gardens
Discover the best plants for wildlife in your garden and how to encourage year round wildlife visitors. Booking essential.

Garden to Garden: Biblioblitz
Saturday 26 May
11:00-12.30
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: The Walking Library
The Walking Library brings walking and books together. Join us on a place-aware wander through the wild city, as we carry our library on a slow walk starting from Festival Park.

Holmlea Allotment Gardens Fête
Saturday 26 May
12:00 - 14:00
Event Type: Open Day
Suitable For: Adults
Organiser: Holmlea Allotment Gardens
Join us to explore our beautiful allotments. We will have a sale of plants, and some teas & homebaking.

Wildlife of Linn Park
Sunday 27 May
11:00-14:00
Event Type: Hands-on activities
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Friends of Linn Park
Members of the Friends of Linn Park will have information and activities about the wildlife of Linn Park.

Rose Garden Orchard Open day
Sunday 27 May
14:00
Event Type: Open day
Suitable For: Adults and families
Organiser: Rose Garden Orchard
An open day which will include fruit picking sessions, a fruit press demonstration, and jam and fruit bush takeaway. There will also be a guided tour, and nature quiz.

Festival Park Nature Discovery Day
Sunday 27 May
12:00-16:00
Event Type: Bioblitz
Suitable For: Adults and families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
Join RSPB and other partners to discover the wildlife in Festival park. There will be plenty of activities from bug hunts to pond dipping and bird ID.

Tweeting Toddlers at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Tuesday 29 May
11.30-12.30
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
RSPB Scotland's group for under five-year-olds with animal themed songs, stories, crafts and outdoor play.

Planting and Community BBQ
Wednesday 30 May
15:15-18:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Adults and families
Organiser: Milton Community Garden
Join us for a get together with planting, RSPB activities, fire lighting, and a community BBQ.

Claypits Nature Discovery Day
Saturday 2 June
12:00-15:30
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Claypits Local Nature Reserve
Join us for a fun afternoon of nature discovery at the Claypits Local Nature Reserve.

Wilton Street Community Fête
Saturday 2 June
13:30-16:00
Event Type: Event
Suitable For: Everyone
Organiser: Wilton Street Gardens
Come and enjoy a great day out with stalls, entertainment, music, and fun family activities.

Seven Lochs Trail Launch
Saturday 2 June
11:00-16:00
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Everyone
Organiser: Seven Lochs Wetland Park
Walk or cycle the 8km Seven Lochs Trail, in full or in part, with lots of fun activities to enjoy along the way.

Voluntary Action Weekend
Saturday 2 June
12:00-17:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: The Children's Wood
Come down and get involved in conservation tasks and learn more about different herbs and herbal remedies that can grow in your garden.

Springburn Park Grand Opening Adventure Weekend
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June
12:00-16:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: Springburn Park Community Village
Join us for a fun-filled weekend of activities with our conservation day, building homes for nature, love trees party and a tour of the Community Village.

Hamiltonhill Allotments Open Garden
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June
11:00-15:00
Event Type: Open Day
Suitable For: Everyone
Organiser: Hamiltonhill Allotments
Please come and join us for our open weekend, with an exhibition of wildlife, plant and produce stalls as well as a tearoom for refreshments.

Hedgehogs and Habitats
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June
13:00-16:00
Event Type: Hands-on activity
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: RSPB Scotland
Join us to learn about how we can help our prickly friends, and take part in our activities.

Dawsholm Loop Walk
Sunday 3 June
13:30-15:00
Event Type: Walk
Suitable For: Everyone
Organiser: Dawsholm Park
Come and enjoy a leisurely walk with the Countryside Rangers through the woods in the park and along the banks of the river and canal. Booking essential.

Reclaiming Wild Spaces
Sunday 3 June
12:00-17:00
Event Type: Event
Suitable For: Families
Organiser: The Children's Wood
Come and join our festival of utilising derelict and vacant land and a performance of the Man Who Planted Trees by Puppet State Theatre production.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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