TV's 'bug man' Dr George McGavin opens Cotswold Grassland Week

A brand new week of events, talks and discovery days from Bath to Chipping Norton have been organised to highlight the fantastic wildflower grasslands of the Cotswolds.

The Cotswold Grassland Week takes place from 6 - 14 June and a total of 15 events have been organised across the Cotswolds AONB providing the chance to hunt out rare plants and butterflies.

The week is being launched by entomologist, explorer and the BBC’s One Show ‘bug man’ Dr George McGavin.  George will be opening the free family-friendly nature discovery day on Bannerdown Common near Bath. The day will include: guided mini-beast safaris, nature walks, a storyteller and a whole host of opportunities to unleash your creative side; including the chance to make and take home your own bee hotel; and of course the opportunity to explore and learn about the nature and biodiversity of the Common.

Dr George McGavin is an Honorary Research Associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate of The Department of Zoology of Oxford University. He is also well known for working on TV shows such as Monkey Planet, Prehistoric Autopsy and Planet Ant.

Grassland Week has been organised as part of the national conservation project - Save our Magnificent Meadows. Save our Magnificent Meadows (SoMM) is a partnership project co-ordinated by Plantlife, which comprises 11 organisations including the Cotswolds Conservation Board (CCB) and is primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The project is working with landowners and communities to protect, conserve and restore their local meadows.

The grassland is home to a large number of rare and declining plants including many species of orchid and other flowers including Pasque Flower and Cotswold Pennycress.

Eleanor Reast the Magnificent Meadows Conservation Officer said: “Grassland Week is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see and learn about many of the rare and declining plants and wildflowers. For children especially we hope it will ignite a lifelong interest in wildlife too!”

Events during the week also include; an afternoon walk around Crickley Hill Country Park, Open Farm Sunday at Greystones Farm Nature Reserve, a flower search on Coaley Peak and a chance to see beautiful moths and fabulous bats that inhabit the meadows at night at the Old Prison in Northleach.

Full details about all of the events taking place during the week can be found online at