Events and Activities

Picture of a bird with someone holding it.

 

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

Virtual Evening Talks – Celebrating the Biodiversity in Kensington and Chelsea 

Due to COVID-19, our regular programme of evening talks is currently virtual, so you can join our guest speakers to learn about, and celebrate, the biodiversity in Kensington and Chelsea from home. 

 
Urban Peregrines, Sparrowhawks and others – a talk by David Darrell-Lambert

Teams Live Event - Thursday 12th November, 6.30pm

Join David for a talk about how different species of birds of prey are faring in urban areas.

Please book through the Eventbrite website to join.

 

UK Spiders- a talk by Ray Hale of the British Tarantula Society

Teams Live Event - Thursday 19th November, 6.30pm

Ray will deliver a talk on common species focusing on their ecology and sharing identification tips.

Please book through the Eventbrite website to join.

Children's Events and Holiday Activities

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. 

For regular updates and reminders about our events and activities you can email us ecology.centre@rbkc.gov.uk and be added to our mailing list. If you are already registered and no longer wish to receive emails from us you can opt-out at anytime.

Watch recordings of Past Virtual Events

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. 

Fees and charges

 full priceconcession*
children’s holiday activities - up to two hours (per child)£5.40£4.40
children’s holiday activities - up to four hours (per child)£10.40£8
Forest day£32n/a

* concessions are: RBKC residents who are in receipt of job seekers allowance [income based], incapacity benefit, disability living allowance, industrial injuries' disablement benefit or severe disablement allowance or senior citizen [60+ years]. Concessions discount is also available to those who have a disability or are registered as caring for the disabled. For concession rate proof of residency and eligibility is required.