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Science & 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.

A Natural Haven

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 moorlands guarantee a range of waders and while curlew and oyster catchers are reliable regulars, the passing migrations means a number of other rarities are frequently spotted.

Natural Science

The events organised across our beautiful and rural area do not just cover nature, but also the scientific topics of the natural world, including talks on the science and evolution of the landscape and its moorlands.

Dark Sky Events

Through the winter months there are frequent events offering visitors a greater understanding of the sky at night, and what to look out for. 

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has fantastically dark skies that truly showcase the majesty of the night sky. 

A number of events take place through the year that includes talks and photography and knowledgeable experts who can introduce you to the sky.

Natural Wonder

With a number of ancient woods, many of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the flora and habitats to be seen are wonderful.  In May, carpets of bluebells 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.

Guided through Nature

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 crueller 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.  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 male’s 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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Ongoing Events

  1. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2018 To 23 Jun 2018
  2. Explore the estate and learn all about the nature that is here

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    Fountains Abbey: Fascinating nature facts

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Enjoy a walk bursting with interesting facts about nature on the estate. From poisonous plants to ingenious ways nature is used, your guide Mike will astound you with fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes as you walk around this beautiful estate. Meet at visitor centre.*

    Dates

    From:
    11 Jul 2018 To 11 Jul 2018
  3. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2018 To 21 Jul 2018
  4. 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:
    26 Jul 2018 To 26 Jul 2018
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    2 Aug 2018 To 2 Aug 2018
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    9 Aug 2018 To 9 Aug 2018
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    16 Aug 2018 To 16 Aug 2018
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    23 Aug 2018 To 23 Aug 2018
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    30 Aug 2018 To 30 Aug 2018
  5. The Castle Under Siege!

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    The Castle Under Siege!

    Type

    Historic

    Knaresborough

    A special day discovering the weapons and weak spots that were used to attack Knaresborough Castle in the past.  Make your own weapons and take a tour to attack the ramparts!

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2018 To 11 Aug 2018
  6. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    21 Aug 2018 To 21 Aug 2018
  7. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Join our guides to look out for early tell-tale behaviour as the stags and bucks get ready for the rut. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    22 Sep 2018 To 22 Sep 2018
  8. Wildlife & Safari Travel Show

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    Wildlife & Safari Travel Show

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    Step closer to the world of wildlife, safari and conservation travel.

    On 29-30 September 2018 the Wildlife & Safari Travel Show comes to the Harrogate Convention Centre. This is where your jaw drops. Meet the change makers, the conservationists and travel companies who will excite, educate and...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Sep 2018 To 29 Sep 2018
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    30 Sep 2018 To 30 Sep 2018
  9. Red Kites in Yorkshire with Doug Simpson MBE

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    Red Kites in Yorkshire with Doug Simpson MBE

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Since the year 2000, Red Kites have become an increasingly popular sight over the towns and villages around Markenfield – it is not unusual to hear their crystal-clear above the Courtyard, and they are regular followers of the tractor as it ploughs the fields out towards Markington.

    But where did...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2018 To 10 Oct 2018
  10. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Watch the action and hear the sounds of the deer rutting season as the males compete to attract and keep hold of the females. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2018 To 20 Oct 2018
  11. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Watch the action and hear the sounds of the deer rutting season as the males compete to attract and keep hold of the females. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  12. Folly! Art in the garden

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    Folly! Art in the garden

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    There’s art in the garden but it’s not paintings, and it’s not in a gallery…The artworks are in the garden and they’re just for fun - we call them follies. Pick up a free map at the entrance gate to explore this years exhibits.

    Four striking and surprising new artworks will emerge into the...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2018 To 4 Nov 2018

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