Events and Activities

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We run a programme of events throughout the year which allows you to explore and learn about the wildlife and biodiversity in Kensington and Chelsea.  

From walks and talks to open days, training events and workshops there is plenty to enjoy. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting from further afield, we hope you enjoy this exciting programme and look forward to you visiting us. 

We also run a regular programme of nature themed activities for children and families during the school holidays, from night safaris, nature detectives to family forest school days, check out below for what's on. 

Join our mailing list for regular updates and reminders about our events and activities, email us at: ecology.centre@rbkc.gov.uk.

We offer a range of volunteering opportunities including practical conservation, visit our volunteering pages to find out more 

What's on

Spring

Leaf Identification Workshops​

  • Tuesday 15 June

Over six weeks, Bettina a tree expert will guide and teach us how to recognise and identify commonly planted park tree species through using their leaves as the main diagnostic feature. A mixture of native and ornamental trees species will be covered through examining and exploring common tree families and shapes of leaves.

This series is kindly sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park and all the trees covered can be found in Holland Park. Allowing participants a chance to hone their identification skills each week and enjoy the park itself.

Summer

Summer Tree Walk: The Basics
  • Thursday 17 June

Led by one of the Ecology Team, this walk gives a basic introduction to some of the native tree species found in Holland Park.  We will use leaves, bark and fruit to identify trees to family and species level.

  • Meet: 6.30 to 8pm, Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: FREE
  • Booking essential
  • Book here
Butterfly and Moth Walk
  • Saturday 26 June

Discover which moth species have been lured to our moth trap overnight and find out more about the butterflies who inhabit the Park. This walk will be led by Andrew Wood, a butterfly and moth recorder for Hertfordshire Natural History Society. Part of the Bee Superhighway Project to create pollination hotspots in the Borough RBKC.

  • Meet: 10 to 11.30am, Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: FREE
  • Booking essential
  • Book here
  • Sponsored by Friends of Holland Park
Wild Plants of Holland Park
  • Thursday 15 July

Dr Mark Spencer will be on hand to help identify and classify the range of native and non-native species of wildflowers in the Park in this evening walk. Part of the Bee Superhighway Project to create pollination hotspots in the Borough RBKC.

  • Meet: 6.30 to 8pm, Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: FREE
  • Booking essential 
  • Book here
  • Sponsored by Friends of Holland Park

Damselflies and Dragonflies Walk
  • Saturday 24 July

David Darell-Lambert, an expert in the study of dragonflies and damselflies, will lead a walk around Holland Park looking for these aerial acrobats. Learn how to identify different species and find out more about their fascinating lifecycle. 

  • Meet: 1 to 3pm, Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: FREE
  • Book here
  • Sponsored by Friends of Holland Park 

Autumn

​Autumn Bat Walk

  • Wednesday 8 September

At this time of year bats are a common evening sight as they feed up ready for the winter. Join an expert from the London Bat Group to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal animals as we use bat detectors to search for them around Holland Park. Please bring a torch with you.

  • Meet: 7.15 to 8.45pm, Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: FREE Donations to the London Bat Group are encouraged
  • Book here
  • Sponsored by Friends of Holland Park 

Fungi Foray 

  • Saturday 13 November

Dr Mark Spencer will be leading our annual fungi foray. Join him for a fascinating walk around the Park searching for different species of fungi and learning more about their lifecycles and importance to the health of ecosystems. 

  • Meet: 2 to 4pm, Holland Park Ecology Centre 
  • Cost: FREE 
  • Booking essential
  • Book here
  • Sponsored by Friends of Holland Park 

Winter

Watch this space for our winter events

Watch recordings of Past Virtual Events

Holland Park Ecology Centre event recordings Spring/Summer 2021

Spring Botany Talk - Thursday 29 April 

Expert botanist Dr Mark Spencer will lead a seasonal botany talk designed to help you improve your identification skills and extend your knowledge of a range of wild plants. Part of the Bee Superhighway Project.

Flies: the underappreciated pollinators – Thursday 22 April

In this illuminating talk Dr Erica McAlister, senior curator of Flies and Fleas at the Natural History Museum, London, will describe the crucial role that members of the Diptera (flies) play in pollinating plants. Although maligned and mistrusted, flies are crucial to our ecosystems with over half of the described families containing pollinating species – and we are talking 1000’s of species. If you have a liking for chocolate, you’ll want to start looking after the flies.

Part of the RBKC Bee Superhighway Project to encourage the creation of pollinator hotspots in the Borough.


The Plight of the Bumblebee Virtual Talk- Thursday 15 April

Join Nikki Gammans, an expert from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust who will introduce the three types of bee, their importance, conservation and decline and most importantly how we can help them. Then onto identification of our most common bumblebee species and the ones you are most likely to see in your gardens. Finally, she will discuss The Short-haired Bumblebee Project which she has worked on for the last 12 years and is an attempt to reintroduce one of the UK's extinct bumblebee species. Part of the RBKC BEE Superhighway Project to encourage the creation of pollinator hotspots in the Borough.

Bees in Cities: an introduction to urban pollinators - Wednesday 7 April 

Join us for a talk highlighting the importance of pollinators in cities led by a leading pollination expert. During a career spanning more than 30 years, Professor Jeff Ollerton has established himself as one of the world’s leading experts on pollinators and pollination. In this talk Jeff will discuss the positive roles that urban environments can play for our native pollinators, and the potential threats of city living. Part of the BEE Superhighway Project. 

A short history of bees and flowers: the first 150 million years - Thursday 25 March 

Bees and flowers have evolved together over the course of 150 million years. They are extraordinary, they go together and we depend on them - we cannot survive without them. 
Presented by Richard Glassborow, Chair of the London Beekeepers Association, this talk will propose that pollination is arguably the most important example of how life on earth depends on ecosystems. Part of the BEE Superhighway Project.

Spring Herb Planter Workshop - Wednesday 24 March

This event is part of the Bee Superhighway project- a Borough wide initiative to provide more pollination hotspots for pollinators to thrive. We all like fresh herbs to add a little zest to our kitchen dishes or to make a tea from. Many herbs have small flowers that pollinating insects like too. Learn how to plant-up a small window box with five different plants and get some tips to keep them going throughout the spring and summer for you and our pollinators to enjoy!

Holland Park Ecology Centre Biodiversity Talk Programme Recordings Summer 2020

All events sponsored by Friends of Holland Park

Swifts! The birds you can help

Talk Recording- Thursday 2 July 2020

Join Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation for an engaging illustrated talk about these aerial acrobats. Learn more about their interesting lives and how we can help reverse their worrying decline in numbers across London.

Butterflies and Moths – Ten Questions and Some Answers

Talk Recording- Thursday 16 July

Join us for a fascinating talk on how butterflies and moths are faring in London. Learn more about common species, the threats to their survival and ways we can help conserve them. This virtual talk will be led by Andrew Wood, a butterfly and moth recorder for Hertfordshire Natural History Society.

Earthworm Ecology Talk

Talk Recording- Thursday 30 July 2020

Discover the importance of the humble earthworm to the ecology of the woods. An illustrated talk by Kieron Brown of the Earthworm Society.

Amphibian Talk

Talk Recording- Thursday 6 August 2020

Learn about our resident amphibian populations through a illustrated talk. Discover more about their fascinating life cycles, identification tips and conservation from an expert from Froglife.

Wild Plants of London

Talk Recording- Thursday 20 August 2020

Join Dr Mark Spencer for a talk about the botanical wonders that you can find in the park and London as a whole. Pick up some identification tips and learn how wild plants find places to thrive in central London.

Common Lizard Talk

Talk Recording -Thursday 3 September 2020

Common lizards are the only native species of reptile found in the Borough. An expert from the national reptile and amphibian conservation charity Froglife will discuss the natural history, conservation and threats to survival of common lizards in this fascinating talk.

Fox talk

Thursday 15 October

Trevor Williams of the London Fox Project will be leading an entertaining talk on the natural history of foxes and how his charity looks after sick and injured ones. Afterwards he will be on hand to answer your questions about these charismatic urban dwellers.

 

Make a booking  

Spaces are limited on our holiday activity sessions. You must book and pay in advance to secure your booking. Please note we only accept payment by debit or credit card (excluding American Express). Please call 020 7938 8186 or email: ecology.centre@rbkc.gov.uk to arrange booking and payment.