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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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  1. Bluebells and Buttercups

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    Bluebells and Buttercups

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Pateley Bridge

    Have a family countryside adventure... Studfold Adventure Trail will intrigue, challenge and delight! Enjoy this spectacular time of the year. There will be not a more beautiful countryside experience.
    Find clues and secret places.

    Collect, colour and make our latest Bluebell...

    Venue

    Studfold Adventure Trails, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2017 To 18 Jun 2017
  2. BioBlitz at Brimham Rocks

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    BioBlitz at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Pateley Bridge

    Whether you're an expert entomologist, a budding botanist or just curious about what wildlife lives at Brimham, join us for a bio blitz and help us count the wildlife on site. Expert or novice, there'll be something interesting to see so bring the kids for a bug hunt! Follow the signs from the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jun 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  3. 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:
    16 Jun 2017 To 16 Jun 2017
  4. In the Monks' Footsteps from Brimham to Fountains

    In the Monks' Footsteps from Brimham to Fountains

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Step back in time and journey along the 7.5 mile historic route between Brimham Rocks and Fountains Abbey. Starting at Brimham you will follow your guide through the landscape. Bring a packed lunch. Booking essential.

    Meet at 10.00am at Brimham Rocks car park.

    Dates

    From:
    2 Jul 2017 To 2 Jul 2017
  5. Studfold Adventure Trail 25% discount to RSPB Members.

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    Studfold Adventure Trail 25% discount to RSPB Members.

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    25% discount to RSPB members Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th.

    Membership cards are needed for proof of identity. 

    Enjoy Studfold's Award Winning Adventure Trail which teems with birds and wildlife, especially at this time of the year.

    Spend sometime in our hide and watch all birds that...

    Venue

    Studfold Adventure Trails, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jul 2017 To 16 Jul 2017
  6. Bulb Planting Bonanza at Beningbrough Hall

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    Bulb Planting Bonanza at Beningbrough Hall

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Harrogate

    Leave a flowering legacy by helping us to complete our mission to plant 300,000 bulbs in Beningbrough’s 300th year for the new ‘Ha-Ha walk’. As a follow up to the successful snow drop planting in February half-term we want your help to plant the remaining 100k to meet our birthday year target...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Sep 2017 To 25 Sep 2017

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