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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. A group of walkers on a sunny winters day

    Add Brimham Rocks through the ages to your Itinerary

    Brimham Rocks through the ages

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    Active event

    Join this guided walk to discover Brimham's history, from the last ice age that helped form these weird and wonderful rock formations, to the stories of the people who lived here and called Brimham home

    Let our guide walk and talk you through the last 320 milion years in a 90 minute journey…

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    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

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    7 Feb 2020 To 7 Feb 2020
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    20 Mar 2020 To 20 Mar 2020
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    20 Sep 2020 To 20 Sep 2020
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    20 Sep 2020 To 20 Sep 2020
  2. Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - bird box making

    Add Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - bird box making to your Itinerary

    Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - bird box making

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    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Bring your nature explorers to Brimham for this bird box making workshop. With 70 bird boxes at Brimham Rocks there are plenty of birds to spot. Discover how the rangers and volunteers look after these bird boxes and make your own to take home.

    Come and see Brimham differently through…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  3. An atmospheric photo showing the rock formations and plant life.

    Add Geology walk at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    Geology walk at Brimham Rocks

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    Science

    Pateley Bridge

    From giant ferns and salamander's footprints to enormous mountains higher than the Himalayas, find out how Brimham Rocks came to be. Join the geology guide as you take in these amazing rock formations through a 90 minute guided walk, discovering how they came to be through 320 million years of…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

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    From:
    16 Mar 2020 To 16 Mar 2020
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    16 Mar 2020 To 16 Mar 2020
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    28 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
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    28 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
  4. Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - 50 Things launch

    Add Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - 50 Things launch to your Itinerary

    Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - 50 Things launch

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    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Come and see Brimham differently through activities that engage the senses, exercise your creativity and energise your interest in nature. This month we'll be undertaking adventures based upon the new list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾.

    No need to book, just turn up with your enthusiasm…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    22 Mar 2020 To 22 Mar 2020
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    22 Mar 2020 To 22 Mar 2020
  5. Rock explorers at Brimham Rocks

    Add Rock explorers at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    Rock explorers at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Science

    Delve into the weird and wonderful world hidden away at Brimham Rocks. Discover a secret tunnel, an ancient foot print, and even a mysterious moving rock.

    Come and see Brimham differently through activities that engage the senses, exercise your creativity and energise your interest in…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    7 Apr 2020 To 7 Apr 2020
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    7 Apr 2020 To 7 Apr 2020
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    9 Apr 2020 To 9 Apr 2020
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    9 Apr 2020 To 9 Apr 2020
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    14 Apr 2020 To 14 Apr 2020
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    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
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    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
  6. Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - get to know a tree

    Add Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - get to know a tree to your Itinerary

    Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - get to know a tree

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Come and see Brimham differently through activities that engage the senses, exercise your creativity and energise your interest in nature. This month we're looking at the different kinds of trees at Brimham Rocks. Learn how to tell the difference between trees and get creative printing with…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    17 May 2020 To 17 May 2020
    From:
    17 May 2020 To 17 May 2020
  7. Brown hare by Gerard Hobson

    Add Winter wildlife in print at Beningbrough to your Itinerary

    Winter wildlife in print at Beningbrough

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    Exhibition

    Boroughbridge

    Explore Beningbrough's eight acres of gardens and look out for the swallows, swifts and housemartins swooping among the trees and spot the mice, weasel and stoat hunting for food. Step into the potting shed and find who's sheltering from the cold and peek into a nest to see who's hibernating.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2019 To 1 Mar 2020

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