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Wildlife & Nature Events

With nearly half the Harrogate District designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it won’t surprise you that wildlife is everywhere when you visit Harrogate, Ripon and Nidderdale.

What better to way to learn about and experience the natural world than to be guided by experts who can take you right to the best places to see remarkable species.  Wetland bird reserves and peat lands guarantee a range of waders and while you can be sure of seeing curlew and oyster catchers the passing migrant traffic means a number of other rarities are frequently spotted.

With a number of ancient woods, several of which have been classified as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the flora and habitats to be seen are wonderful.  In May, carpets of Blue Bells turn the woodland floor into a carpet of vivid blue, and a number of walks and events are held to allow people to enjoy this spectacular sight without worrying about finding the right wood at the right time. 

For children there are opportunities to learn about the wild species that surround us; go pond dipping and find a hundred hidden creatures, or make a bird box to take home and provide a haven for your own garden birds.

Guided nature walks reveal the range of birds around the woods or moors with local experts sparing you the pressure of hastily flicking through the bird book to identify that bunting or plover.  Instead you can enjoy the spectacle as sky larks and northern lapwings dive and swoop above you.  Alternatively the crueler side of nature can be glimpsed as Peregrine Falcons, buzzards and kites search for carrion and prey.

While you may find deer tracks in many of the local woods only those up early, or particularly lucky will see them out in the woods.  At Fountains Abbey there are herds of three different breeds of deer.  Regular deer walk events allow you to glimpse these graceful creatures up close, learn about how the herds are cared for and in autumn, witness the savage clash as the antlered males battle for supremacy.

Events are added to the pages all the time so if you’re visiting in the future be sure to check back soon.

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Number of items: 8

  1. Family outdoor climbing day at Brimham Rocks.

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    Family Outdoor Day at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Do you want your family to scale new heights? Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a day weaseling, climbing and abseiling. Children must be accompanied by an adult (max 2 per adult). No previous experience required.

    Suitable for children aged 7+.

    £35 per person

    Booking essential

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jul 2017 To 29 Jul 2017
    From:
    19 Aug 2017 To 19 Aug 2017
  2. Pond Dipping at Brimham Rocks

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    Pond Dipping at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Join the rangers and have a go at pond dipping. Discover more about the secret underwater life at Brimham.

    All equipment provided. Suitable for accompanied children aged 5+.

    Meet at Main Car Park

    Dates

    From:
    3 Aug 2017 To 3 Aug 2017
  3. Brimham Adventure at Brimham Rocks

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    Brimham Adventure at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Do you feel lucky? Join the rangers for this lucky dip of activities. From making wild animal homes and den building to stick trails, what will be picked out of the hat?

    Meet at the car park

    Dates

    From:
    3 Aug 2017 To 3 Aug 2017
    From:
    10 Aug 2017 To 10 Aug 2017
    From:
    17 Aug 2017 To 17 Aug 2017
    From:
    24 Aug 2017 To 24 Aug 2017
    From:
    31 Aug 2017 To 31 Aug 2017
  4. Discover Climbing

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    Discover Climbing

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Join us for a try-climb experience on the rocks at Brimham. You will be guided and watched over by climbing instructors from Harrogate Climbing Centre.

    £7 per person

    Booking essential

    Dates

    From:
    5 Aug 2017 To 5 Aug 2017
  5. Kids outdoor climbing day at Brimham Rocks.

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    Kids Outdoor Day at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Fancy having a go at climbing?

    Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a day weaseling, climbing and abseiling. No previous experience required.

    £7 per person. Booking essential.

    Dates

    From:
    9 Aug 2017 To 9 Aug 2017
    From:
    30 Aug 2017 To 30 Aug 2017
  6. Guided walk through Brimham Rocks.

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    Brimham Rocks and Moor

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Pateley Bridge

    Big views and history too. Let our guide walk you through the last 320 million years in a 90 minute journey around the rocks and moorland.

    Start from the car park.

    Dates

    From:
    18 Aug 2017 To 18 Aug 2017
    From:
    15 Sep 2017 To 15 Sep 2017
    From:
    14 Oct 2017 To 14 Oct 2017
  7. TAMED Prof Alice Roberts

    TAMED Prof Alice Roberts

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    How do you tame wildness?

    For hundreds of thousand of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals. They were hunter-gatherers - consummate survival experts, but taking the world as they found it.

    Then a revolution happened: we started to domesticate wild...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Oct 2017 To 16 Oct 2017
  8. Ray Mears - Born to Go Wild

    Ray Mears - Born to Go Wild

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    From a very young age Ray discovered the joys of exploring the Wilderness, the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet. His fascination with this environment that has not been modified by civilized human activity, has greatly shaped his life. Ray will take you on a journey...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Oct 2017 To 24 Oct 2017

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