From ocean-crossing birds to tiny butterflies, from trout to toads – many animals migrate to escape the cold, find food or reach their breeding grounds. But climate change and the changes people make to the landscape are making these journeys harder…

Animals on the Move brings together local artists, conservation organisations and scientific researchers to showcase the incredible journeys made by our migratory animals, the challenges human activities add to these migrations, and the things we can all do to help.

Showcasing amphibians, birds, butterflies and fish, the exhibition aims to open visitors’ eyes to the extraordinary distances some animals travel to reach us, as well as the mass migrations that happen every year right on our doorstep.

This multimedia exhibition offers something for everyone, including photographic displays, specially commissioned artworks, sound recordings, and interactive activities for all ages.

Come along to enjoy the artworks and learn more about our migratory species, plus discover ways to get involved with local conservation organisations and even quiz the scientists on their latest animal movement research!

Animals on the Move

Sat 18th – Sun 19th January 2020

Free Entry!

St. Swithun's Church Hall
Opening hours
Saturday 18th January 10:30 - 16:30
Sunday 19th January 11:30 - 16:30

  • What visitors said about Animals on the Move!

    May 25, 2020 by

    We welcomed a grand total of 536 visitors to Animals on the Move! A huge thank you to our volunteer team who worked their socks off over the weekend sharing the incredible journeys of our migratory animals with visitors. The team thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and it sounds like you had a great time… Read more

  • Exhibition Opens!

    January 19, 2020 by

    Animals on the Move is open! We had a fantastic day on Saturday welcoming visitors to the exhibition. Almost 300 people came to visit! There’s still one day left to visit the exhibition. So if you haven’t visited yet, check out the pictures below to see what’s been going on so far… Sunday is your… Read more

  • Animals on the Move Exhibition This Weekend!

    January 17, 2020 by

    Animals on the Move is nearly here! Our team are getting ready to welcome visitors this Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January. Join us for a jam packed weekend celebrating our migratory animals! Explore our photographic displays and interactive activities to learn about the extraordinary distances some animals travel to reach us, as well as… Read more

  • Art Competition Judges Meet!

    January 13, 2020 by

    We received a fantastic total of 90 entries to our Animals on the Move Children’s Art Competition! Our judges, Vikki Rose, Chanida Fung and Lisa Temple met to pick out the winners. They had a hard job! There were so many fantastic entries – from whales to butterflies, turtles to swifts. You treated our judges… Read more

  • Meet the Scientist – Matt Greenwell

    January 8, 2020 by

    For the second in our series of Meet the Scientist posts (check out Vicky Boult’s interview for the first!), we caught up with Matt Greenwell. Matt is a PhD researcher at the University of Reading studying butterflies. We asked him to explain the science behind animal migration… So, Matt, can you explain why some animals… Read more

  • Capturing Soundscapes for Animals on the Move

    December 22, 2019 by

    The natural world is full of weird and wonderful noises… As well as enjoying the fantastic visual artworks made by our talented artists, visitors to Animals on the Move can also listen in to some of the incredible sounds made by our migratory animals and the worlds they inhabit. Our Animals on the Move team… Read more

  • Art Competition Deadline Approaching!

    December 14, 2019 by

    There’s just one week left to send in your entries for our Animals on the Move children’s art competition! Get creative drawing migratory animals or design your own ‘slow-down-for-migrating-toads’ road sign for the chance to win a goody bag including a book on animal migration, animal ID guides and art materials. If you can’t decide… Read more

  • Tell us More: What is a Toad Patrol?

    December 8, 2019 by

    Bagley Wood Toad Patrol is one of our Animals on the Move exhibition partners. If you’re thinking: I didn’t know toads migrate? Why do toads migrate? And what is a toad patrol anyway?? Then read on! Our Animals on the Move team has been chatting to Bagley Wood Toad Patrol Manager, Lisa Temple, to find… Read more

  • Meet the Artist: Vicky Boult

    November 26, 2019 by

    For the second in our series of Meet the Artist posts, we caught up with Vicky Boult. Or rather we should say Dr Vicky Boult. For not only is Vicky an incredible artist, she is also a research ecologist who knows rather a lot about a certain very large migratory animal… But first, let’s talk… Read more

  • First Toad-Migration School Workshop!

    November 11, 2019 by

    We are delighted to be working with local schools to create some very special artworks for Animals on the Move. Our first school workshop took place this week, exploring toad ecology and migration through drama, crafts and poetry. Our young amphibian enthusiasts got creative, making the first members of a crowd of one hundred life-sized… Read more

  • Meet the Artist: Vikki Rose

    October 27, 2019 by

    For the first in our series of Meet the Artist posts, we caught up with Vikki Rose – our resident stained glass artist and one of our three art competition judges. At Animals on the Move, Vikki will be exhibiting some of her existing works, including ‘Swifts over the Oxford Natural History Museum’, which was… Read more

  • Preparations for Animals on the Move begin!

    October 19, 2019 by

    With just three months to go, the Animals on the Move team is already busy preparing! Our artists have set to work on their specially commissioned artworks. Our exhibition partners are busy preparing their stands. And our scientists are getting ready to answer all your questions about animal movement research. Keep an eye on our… Read more

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