Tophill Low Events programme 2020All events are strictly book in advance only unless otherwise stated. Ring the reserve on 01377 270690 to book. All events are free with standard admission unless stated otherwise. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Unfortunately we have had to suspend all events due to covid19 - we hope to restart as soon as possible
Sunday 14th June Join us to see the best of the reserve with an array of wildlife themed exhibits, guided walks, pond dipping and children’s crafts.10am – 4pm
Grass snakes at Tophill
Tuesday 30th June Join our education guide to find our resident grass snakes around the reserve, hopefully basking in the warm sun! We have several snake refugias around the reserve but also have placed metal sheets to attract grass snakes in our meadow where they often rest before going off to feed in the marsh. 9am – 11am, free with standard admission.
Flower power & Butterfly bonanza – Family event
Wednesday 29th July With the wild flower meadow now in all its glory increase your knowledge of wildflowers on the reserve. Not only are the wildflowers stunning themselves but they provide essential food for the butterflies. On a hot sunny day what could be better than soaking up the sun in a beautiful setting with flowers and butterflies galore. 10am – 12noon, free with standard entry
Marvellous minibeasts – Family event
Wednesday 5th August Is your favourite minibeast a snail, a slug, a bug or a beetle? Delve into our bug hotels and boxes to find what lurks in the dark and damp crevices. Collect them with pooters and pots and head back to the classroom to look at them under a microscope. 10am – 12 noon, free with standard admission.
Pond dipping - Family event
Wednesday 12th August Find out what hides in the depths of the reception pond. Use nets and trays alongside identification charts to name all the pond creatures you find, adding to our database to create our very own pond story. 10am – 12 noon, free with standard admission
Nature Detectives – Family event
Wednesday 19th August Tophill Low is a great nature reserve and is home to hundreds of animals, big and small. But they are not always seen. Join us to track them down and pick up some key tracking skills along the way. 10am – 12 noon, free with standard admission.
Wild art & Craft - Family event
Wednesday 26th August Using all the fabulous natural materials here at Tophill Low create your very own piece of artwork. Get inspiration from the colours and textures that are a part of our woodland to produce a collage to remind you of your visit. 10am – 12 noon, free with standard admission.
National moth night – Family event
Friday 28th August Join our experts as they attract a wide variety of moth species to the moth traps near the centre. You will be amazed at the array of colours and patterns these insects of the night have, hardly a dull brown one amongst them! 7 -9pm, free with standard admission.
Spooky roost walk – Family event
Wednesday 28th October As the dark nights draw in the reserve takes on another element under the cover of darkness. Join our education guide on a walk through the reserve to watch first the gulls and then the starlings come in to roost and hope for a glimpse of the marsh harrier. Then its back along the paths in the dark listening to the sounds of the night. Start from the reception hide at 4pm – 6pm, free with standard admission.
Mammal safari – Family event
Sunday 6th December The shorter days mean that the mammals on the reserve are often feeding during daylight hours and there is more chance of them being see. On this walk we would hope to spot roe deer and red fox but if not we can learn about how we use trail cameras to watch their movements. 10am – 12 noon, free with standard admission.
Wildlife Photography exhibition
Sunday 21st December - Sunday 3rd January 2021 A celebration of wildlife at Tophill Low over 2019 View some of the best images loaned by Tophill Low's community of wildlife photographers taken at the Reserve over the last 12 months. Class winners for various birds, animals and plants - a chance to see the incredible wildlife of East Yorkshire that anyone can experience with a bit of patience.
The exhibition is free with standard admission to the reserve no booking necessary. Open 10am to 4pm daily.
Wednesday 1st January - Two guided walks starting 10am and 13:30pm - to try and score as many bird species on the first of the first as possible; Whether you're a serious year lister or just fancy some fresh air after the holidays. In 2019 we recorded a recorded 81 species, and in 2018 80, so we have our work cut out.