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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. 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
  2. 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:
    15 Feb 2018 To 15 Feb 2018
  3. Birds of Brimham Rocks

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    Birds of Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Active event

    Pateley Bridge

    Brimham is home to a variety of birds, from jackdaws and nuthatches to robins and pied flycatchers. Find out what they like to eat, what kind of living arrangements each prefer and how you can help look after them. As the birds begin to make their nests why not have a go yourself?

    Come along...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2018 To 16 Feb 2018
  4. Bird Box Making at Brimham Rocks

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    Bird Box Making at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Active event

    Pateley Bridge

    Build your very own brid box to take home for your feathered friends. Booking essential.

    With the help of the countryside team you can tick off number 36 from your list of '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' by building your very own bird box to take home. £5 per nest box.

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2018 To 16 Feb 2018
  5. Life and Behaviour of Owls

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    Life and Behaviour of Owls

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Come along to our talk and learn all about owls in the UK with Robin Arundale, Yorkshire Wolds Barn Owl Group.

    Free event, no need to book.

    Photo (c) E Neep

    Dates

    From:
    20 Feb 2018 To 20 Feb 2018
  6. An Evening with Levison Wood

    An Evening with Levison Wood

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    Following his successful tour earlier this year, best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be taking his one-man show to further theatres across the UK in February and March 2018, sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer. With his keen desire to...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Feb 2018 To 26 Feb 2018

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