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Biodiversity University - learn all about the natural world




Suitable for all ages, Biodiversity University returns this year to help learn about the wonders of the natural world in their local environment, and is completely free of charge.


Hosted by the team from Mid and and East Antrim Borough Council and sponsored by Moy Park, learn all about the natural world through fun family activities!



Can you graduate from Biodiversity University?


Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena

Monday 15 Aug - Friday 19 Aug

11am - 1pm daily

Free parking is available.


Day one: Wild Survival Skills


Could you survive in the wild? Leave behind your warm house with the kitchen and cosy sofas and learn how to build a shelter and forage for food.


Find natural resources to protect you from the wind and rain and enjoy tasting a variety of plants found in your natural surroundings.


Try the special recipe of ‘herbal’ tea or make your own flavour!



Day two: Bird Spotting and Feeding


Using binoculars take a tour of the site and count how many different species you can spot and learn their names.


Help feed our feathered friends by making lots of tasty cakes and treats from raw ingredients.


Using natural and recycled materials these treats can be left in the nature reserve or taken home and will completely biodegrade.


Day three: Potty Pottery - Natural Art


Come along on a guided tour of the woodland and collect natural materials to make your own unique piece of art!


Be creative with leaves, twigs and petals to make wonderful pictures, pieces of jewellery or models of your favourite animals.



Day four: Bug’s Life!


Find out what lives in the grass, between the trees and in the ground.


Catch them in nets and watch them up close with magnifying glasses and learn their names.


Day five: Nature’s Nooks


Roll up your sleeves and learn new carpentry skills to make a home for wildlife.

Use hand tools like hammers and saws to cut timber and make your own bird box, bat box or mini bee hotel to take home.


Your garden will thank you for it with lots of new wild visitors.



Please note this itinerary could change depending on the weather and/or environment-specific sites.


Suitable for all ages.

Children must be supervised by a guardian at all times.


No booking is required.


For more information please contact: parks@midandeastantrim.gov.uk