Tickets: FREE
Various locations
Until Sun 22 May 2022

Wildlife Gathering

Fri 20 May 2022 to Sun 22 May 2022
Various locations
FREE
 

Celebrate our wildlife and discover Coventry’s hidden nature with Wildlife Gathering on World Bee Day (Friday 20 May), International Tea Day (Saturday 21 May) and International Day for Biodiversity (Sunday 22 May).

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Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture as part of the #GreenFutures programme in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Coventry's myriad of parks and green spaces will be celebrated with activities taking place across the city, from Spon End, to Coventry’s heritage park.

Families are invited to take part in community instigated ‘bee and tea’ parties; work with an artist to create their own habitat for animals in their garden (from hedgehog sanctuary to bird boxes); explore local walking trails and engage in an array of arts and crafts, or simply enjoy a picnic and appreciate the environment around them, exploring the hidden green spaces scattered across the city.

Connect with your local nature with Wildlife Gathering.

Friday 20 May - World Bee Day

Walk With Me #1 (Spon End) Live

Expect a trail of the unexpected on this walking tour from Talking Birds, where you can tune in to some of the secrets of Spon End, one of Coventry's oldest neighbourhoods, in the company of our friendly guide, Herbert Cleaver. The route is ramp accessible. Refreshments will be served after the tour.

Moss Murals: Walking Trail

Discover the hidden animals, birds, insects and plants that inhabit our City - brought to life in living moss murals. Artist Mosstika’s playful living creations are hidden around the ring road, linking vital green spaces and pocket parks along the 1 mile trail. 

Pick up a spotter’s guide and see if you can find the rare Bechstein Bat, Peregrine Falcon and Otters as you go.

Foraging and Folklore for World Bee Day

Celebrating World Bee Day Friday 20 May.

Connect to the natural world and uncover Coventry’s urban nature with this free foraging and folklore walk – with storyteller Pyn Stockman and local forager John Noble

Wild Earth Allotment Day

Come and join the Wild Earth Allotment on World Bee Day and learn more about how you can play a part in helping bees. 

From 11am - 2pm drop by and join in planting pollinator friendly plants and spend time in nature at our lovely allotment space. This event is FREE but advanced booking is essential to secure your place.

Willenhall Green Spaces

Have your say!

Come along for a BBQ and consult on the new green spaces for our community - a new wildlife garden, new wildlife space, an allotment teaching area and community orchard.

The Bees by Artizani

In this installation of hives each one hides a unique, unexpected interior world. You may find yourself looking into the vastness of space, or teased by a telescopic hive soaring into the air.

You can find The Bees by Artizani in Broadgate on Friday 20th from 12-3pm and in Upper Precinct on Saturday 21st from 12-3pm. This is Free to attend, drop in any time.

 

Saturday 21 May - International Tea Day

Wildlife Gathering – Live and Dye Micro Exhibition

As part of Green Futures Wildlife Gathering, we’ll be present in the space, discussing our plans for the garden, going into detail about what we’re cultivating and what medicinal value they serve all while brewing delicious herbal teas that have been sourced either from our CV5 site or the new Garden we’re installing.

Let's Celebrate World Bee Day

Bring your family along to learn about the importance of bees to our everyday lives; plant wildflowers along an important pollinator habitat, and help our Ecologists build a bug hotel for our Honeybees to use.

Days of Doing in May

The second Days of Doing celebrates our visible and accessible green spaces in the heart of the Wood End, Bell Green and Henley Green community.

There will be 6 activity zones set up in the park for everyone to engage with and all aspects of the event will be free to everyone attending. 

Walk With Me #1 (Spon End) Live

Expect a trail of the unexpected on this walking tour from Talking Birds, where you can tune in to some of the secrets of Spon End, one of Coventry's oldest neighbourhoods, in the company of our friendly guide, Herbert Cleaver. The route is ramp accessible. Refreshments will be served after the tour.

Moss Murals: Walking Trail

Discover the hidden animals, birds, insects and plants that inhabit our City - brought to life in living moss murals. Artist Mosstika’s playful living creations are hidden around the ring road, linking vital green spaces and pocket parks along the 1 mile trail. 

Pick up a spotter’s guide and see if you can find the rare Bechstein Bat, Peregrine Falcon and Otters as you go.

Animals! by Dens and Signals

Fun, interactive and featuring original songs, Animals! is an empowering and uplifting performance about animals, humans and nature.

It celebrates the amazing wildlife around us and makes big things feel possible.

Rub a Bug in the Garden

As part of Wildlife Gathering, discover the hidden Medieval garden behind The Weaver's House.

The ground floor of the house will be open for visitors to to take a peek inside and a ‘Rub-a-Bug’ colouring activity trail for children will be available.

Peace Orchard Walkabout

As part of Wildlife Gathering, come and see the beautiful Peace Orchard at Coundon Hall Park.  

Meet some of the volunteers who will be on hand to chat about the history of the place and how we connect art and nature in these surroundings.

Folklore and Animal Tales

Pyn is a performance storyteller and works in a wide variety of settings -libraries, bookshops, story-telling cafes, festivals, woodlands, heritage sites and online as well as more traditional performance spaces.

BYO Picnic in Allesley Park Walled Garden

Come along to the Walled Garden at Allesley Park. 

Wander around the garden spotting wildflowers and bugs and try out some traditional lawn games. Visit the pavilion and learn about its history and explore the Orchard and maybe even sponsor a tree!

Friends of Holbrook’s Park

Come along and explore Holbrooks Park.

Have a look at historical photographs of the park at Holbrooks Community Care Association and then help keep our green space tidy by taking part in a community litter pick.

Mirrored Cultural Exchange

Join us for a free family day of cultural integration, education and entertainment. House of Emanuels C.I.Cs brings the cultural traditions of East Africa and Coventry’s traditions to Primrose Park in a family friendly exchange of sports, games, food, poetry, art, music.

Celebrate Swanswell

St Marks Church are organising a fun day in the community to Celebrate Swanswell Park, come and celebrate the diverse community and local area with a fun day for all the family.

Enjoy free food and drink, activities for kids, live music and a juggling show and workshop from Ben the Juggler!

Creative Kindness Crafts

Join us for a Creative Kindness Crafts session where you can make simple crafts with a positive message at the Oasis Café at 10am or 1pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Wildlife Gathering weekend.

The Bees by Artizani

In this installation of hives each one hides a unique, unexpected interior world. You may find yourself looking into the vastness of space, or teased by a telescopic hive soaring into the air.

You can find The Bees by Artizani in Broadgate on Friday 20th from 12-3pm and in Upper Precinct on Saturday 21st from 12-3pm. This is Free to attend, drop in any time.

 

Sunday 22 May - International Day for Biodiversity

Charterhouse Reveals

Uncover the past as we delve into the natural heritage stories of Charterhouse, one of only nine Carthusian monasteries in the country. Discover the future as we share our plans for Coventry's new Heritage park.

Meander the walled garden, listen to live music, have a go at heritage crafts and enjoy free street theatre with a picnic.

Virtual Wildlife Gathering

Join Ian Jelley, Director of Living Landscapes at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust for an introduction to ecology.

This online session will explore the fundamental principles that guide how our natural world interacts with each other, why we need to manage spaces for nature and the role rewilding can play in the future of nature conservation.

Moss Murals: Walking Trail

Discover the hidden animals, birds, insects and plants that inhabit our City - brought to life in living moss murals. Artist Mosstika’s playful living creations are hidden around the ring road, linking vital green spaces and pocket parks along the 1 mile trail. 

Pick up a spotter’s guide and see if you can find the rare Bechstein Bat, Peregrine Falcon and Otters as you go.

Rub a Bug in the Garden

As part of Wildlife Gathering, discover the hidden Medieval garden behind The Weaver's House.

The ground floor of the house will be open for visitors to to take a peek inside and a ‘Rub-a-Bug’ colouring activity trail for children will be available.

Botanical Bunting in the Sensory Garden

Join local artist Emily Doyle to create some botanical bunting to dress the Sensory Garden in the War Memorial Park.

Gather wildflowers and greenery from the park, create your composition, and then print your design onto fabric using the early photographic method of cyanotyping or "sun-printing". Come and explore printmaking techniques and work with foraged materials.

Wonder, Gather and Create

Come and join the Art Riot Collective for a walk in nature.

Let’s gather together to create a piece of art that reflects our connection and experience with nature using natural objects, charcoal and inks.

Creative Kindness Crafts

Join us for a Creative Kindness Crafts session where you can make simple crafts with a positive message at the Oasis Café at 10am or 1pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Wildlife Gathering weekend.

The Edible Orchestra

Come along and become a musician in the Edible Orchestra and create your own instrument to make music with!

The London Vegetable Orchestra play and make instruments out of vegetables. Their repertoire includes classics from all genres with a fresh twist, such as "In the food", Neil Diamond's "Swede Caroline" and of course the Ben E. King hit "Stand by Pea".

 

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED

Team Wilder

If you’re part of an organisation or a group and want to make space for nature or would like  to encourage more people to be on nature’s side, then you could be eligible for a #TeamWilder community grant.

Funded by Coventry City of Culture Trust and administered by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, #TeamWilder community grants of between £500 and £2000 are available to be used as a catalyst for change in your community.

Find out more