Discover an amazing natural world

Bugs, Birds and Beasts Day at Silwood Park will help you discover the wonderful world of bugs and creatures with which we share the planet

Silwood Park has an extensive 100ha of grassland and woodland.  These undisturbed, natural habitats host many ecological experiments and keep wildlife safe.  Explore a host of exhibits, demonstrations and activities that will help you learn about the wonderful species all around us.

Researchers and nature organisations will be present to talk about their projects and the animals they study: sparrows, dragonflies, spiders, beetles and many others.  You will also be able to go on a bug hunt, take part in pond dipping and view chicken eggs as they develop.

  • Entry to Bugs, Birds and Beasts Day is free and no booking is required.
  • Gates open at midday and activities will continue to 17.00.
  • Refreshements, including a BBQ, will be available at a small cost.

Bugs, Birds and Beasts Day is an event created by the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment group (GCEE) to provide entertainment and education for a range of ages, interests and knowledge levels.

Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment is an initiative of Imperial College London, based at Silwood Park, and aims to carry out ground-breaking research with real-world impact on three themes: Understanding biodiversity origins and losses; New approaches to environmental monitoring and evaluation; Engineering complex ecosystems; Predicting and mitigating environmental changes.

Bugs! day 2018

Bug's Day 2018 was held on 25 July 2018.  Following previous years, the event welcomed the public to Silwood Park campus to participate in range of nature activities and exhibitions, to help engage children and families with the amazing natural world:
  • Pond dipping
  • Bug hunts around campus
  • Fantastic mini-beasts: using powerful microscopes to investigate invertebrates in the smallest habitats
  • Getting up close and personal with mosquitoes
  • Bugs and us: exploring the evolutionary tree of life
  • Discovering grasshoppers
  • Meet prehistoric insects
Read more about the day.