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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: 6

  1. Reptile Recce

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    Reptile Recce

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Pateley Bridge

    Another chance to join Dr Kelly Harmar for an introduction to the UK's reptile species. In the classroom session you will learn all the basics and then into the field at a local reptile hot spot looking for Adder, Slow Worm and Common Lizard with our experts. A great chance to learn new skills and...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Sep 2017 To 20 Sep 2017
  2. Harrogate Hospitality Walk

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    Harrogate Hospitality Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Harrogate

    Explore aspects of our town past and present during our regular well-being walks - you'll learn something new and enjoy some fresh air and exercise at the same time.

    This walk will help you discover how Harrogate has always been in the business of receiving and entertaining visitors in its...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2017 To 28 Sep 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:
    14 Oct 2017 To 14 Oct 2017
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Retail Therapy Walk

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    Retail Therapy Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Harrogate

    Explore aspects of our town past and present during our regular well-being walks - you'll learn something new and enjoy some fresh air and exercise at the same time.

    Explore elegant shop fronts, arcades and department stores that tell the story of Harrogate's fine tradition of shopping and...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2017 To 30 Nov 2017

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