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More than Bugs Walking Trails

This Autumn, Mission: Invertebrate are excited to introduce a series of self-led walks.  Wrap up warm and head to the parks to discover some of our habitat creation and conservation projects in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as finding out more about some of the rare and important invertebrates that call the Royal Parks home.

Trail maps can be downloaded by clicking on the images below.

Water Beetle Walk 

Water Beetle Walk is a shorter entry-level amble of around 35 minutes.

We’ll take a stroll around the Long Water in Kensington Gardens, looking at the role invertebrates play in the ecosystems of the Royal Parks as pollinators, recyclers, pest controllers and food for park wildlife.

The walk forms a loop – we’ve started and finished at the Italian Gardens Café (nearest tube Lancaster Gate), but you can join the route at any point.

Ladybird Trail 

Ladybird Trail is a short trail for little legs, discovering marvellous minibeasts and their habitats along the way.

The walk takes place along the North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens, starting at the Italian Gardens cafe.  There are lots of invertebrate-themes sculptures along the way, which your little ones are welcome to play on.

After your walk, visit the Buck Hill Playground a few minutes away, or take our longer route around the Serpentine on Water Beetle Walk.

Dragonfly Trail 

Dragonfly Trail is a wider ranging ramble through Hyde Park, taking around 1hr 10 minutes.

Visit grassland, woodland and freshwater habitats and discover how invertebrates help to keep the parks blooming and their habitats healthy for people and wildlife.  Look out for our invertebrate sculptures, that have been carved from fallen trees.

Like Water-Beetle Walk, the trail forms a loop - you can walk part of the trail and return to the rest another day if you only have time for a short stroll!

All trails can be completed on pathways, so are suitable for buggies and wheelchair users.

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