For issue: Monday 25 April 2022

The Isle of Man’s unique natural environment is set to be celebrated in the fifth annual Manx Wildlife Week, which takes place at venues across the Isle of Man from 30th April to the 8th May. 


Organised by Manx National Heritage (MNH), in association with Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) and some of the Isle of Man’s leading conservationists, Manx Wildlife Week offers the opportunity to learn about the Isle of Man’s outstanding natural landscapes, biodiversity and wildlife.


This year events include; dawn chorus gatherings, moss hunting, guided walks, listening for bats, bio blitzes, wildflower seed paper making, talks from world experts, treasure hunts, dolphin spotting, and more.  Most events are free and at locations throughout the Island so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 


A highlight of this year’s programme includes a public lecture by Dr. Clemency Fisher, Emeritus Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at World Museum, Liverpool and a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum, London & Tring, hosted by UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.  Dr. Fisher’s will speak on the subject of The bird as a cultural image – prehistory to the present, with her lecture taking place at the Manx Museum on the evening of Wednesday 4th May.


Laura McCoy, Curator of Natural History for Manx National Heritage said:


“Manx Wildlife Week is a great opportunity to explore and find out about our lovely Island while meeting the people who help monitor and protect the wild spaces and living creatures within it.  We extend our thanks to all those who make Manx Wildlife Week possible, for their help engaging with the public, sharing the wonders of the natural world and inspiring people to enjoy the Manx countryside, learn more about our Island Biosphere and respect our planet”.


All events for Manx Wildlife Week are pre-bookable with limited places available.  Bookings information is available on




Manx Wildlife Week Events:





Booking Details

All Week

Children’s wildlife trails and crafts

Natural History Gallery, Manx Museum, Douglas

No booking required – drop in from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Sat 30 April

Himalayan Balsam Walk with the Friends of Neb, 11am – 12pm

The Raggat, Glenfaba Road, Peel

E-mail Roger on

Sun 1 May

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch – Seawatch at The Sound, 2pm – 4pm

The Sound


Manx Wildlife Trust – Cooildarry Nature Reserve Guided Walk, 10am – 12pm

Meet at the junction of A4 with the turn to Glen Wyllin campsite

Visit: to book.

Mon 2 May

Manx Ornithological Society – Birding Walk with Tim Earl at Langness, 10am – 12pm


E-mail Janet Thompson on

Manx Wildlife Trust – Macro Photography with Jeremy Broom-Smith, 2pm – 4pm

Scarlett Discovery Centre, Castletown

Visit: to book.

Manx Wildlife Trust –  Treasure Hunt, 11am – 4pm

Ayres Nature Discovery Centre, Bride

Visit: to book.

Tues 3 May

Manx National Heritage – Behind the Scenes Tour of the Natural History Collections with Laura McCoy, 10am – 11.30am

Manx Museum, Douglas

Book at

Weds 4 May

UNESCO Biosphere – The Bird as a Cultural Image – Pre-history to Present’ – A Public Lecture by Dr Clemency Fisher, 7pm – 8.30pm

Manx Museum Lecture Theatre, Douglas

Book at

Thurs 5 May

Manx Birdlife – Guided Walk at Point of Ayre National Reserve, 10am – 1pm

Point of Ayre National Reserve

Contact David Andrews on 01624 861130 or e-mail

Manx Footpaths Conservation Group – Wildlife on the Peninsular – a chance to see the birdlife around Langness, 10.30am – 12.30pm


Call 07624 437978 or e-mail

Manx Wildlife Trust – Stream Dipping, 1pm – 3pm

Summerhill Glen, Douglas

Visit: to book.

Manx Wildlife Trust – The Joy of Moss, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Archallagan Plantation (South Carpark)

Visit: to book.

Fri 6 May

Manx National Heritage – Wildflower Seed Paper Making workshop, 11am – 1pm

Manx Museum, Douglas

Book at

DEFA – Warden Walk at The Ayres Nature Reserve, 2pm – 4pm

Ayres Visitor Centre

E-mail Louise on

Traditional Manx Herbs with the Manx Herbalist, 2pm – 5.30pm

St. John’s Mill Conference Centre

E-mail Jane on

Sat 7 May

Supporters of Curraghs Wildlife Park – Dawn Chorus Walk – guided by Chris Sharpe MBE, 6am – 8am

Curraghs Wildlife Park


Manx National Heritage – Wildflower Seed Paper Making workshop, 11am – 1pm

Manx Museum, Douglas

Book at

Manx Bat Group – The Bats of Silverdale Glen, 8.45pm – 10pm

Silverdale Glen

Book at

Supporters of Curraghs Wildlife Park – Nature Detectives trail, 11am – 4pm

Curraghs Nature Trail


Manx Wildlife Trust & Friends – BioBlitz, 10am – 6pm

Groudle Glen, Onchan

Visit: to book.

Sun 8 May

Friends of the Neb – Japanese Knotweed, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Foxdale Heritage Centre

E-mail Roger on