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Your Wild Events Guide Get ready to go wild at an event near you! April – September 2021

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Our spring/summer programme is jam-packed with family fun and wildlife encounters. With dozens of events taking on our website and on our website, there have never been so many opportunities to enjoy and explore Yorkshire’s wildlife. Get ready to explore our nature reserves after dark, go puffin spotting on Yorkshire’s coast or challenge yourself to a wild walk, all in the company of our very own wildlife experts. We look forward to welcoming you and discovering Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places together.

This guide features all the inspiration and information you need to join in! MARTIN BATT

Embracing your wild side – what to expect at our events: Wild, wilder or wildest? Our events offer different levels of wildness to match, or even further, your interests… WILD: Introductory events to Yorkshire’s

wildlife and wild places. Don’t worry if you don’t know your gannets from your guillemots, or haven’t been to one of our nature reserves before, as we’ll lead the way! Great for families.

WILDER: Take a step off the beaten track and

nurture your budding passion for our incredible wildlife with these fun and adventurous events. Guided experiences to discover your wild side! All ages welcome.

WILDEST: Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts!

Children o f all ages are welcom e at out events but they must alway sb accompanie e d by an adult.

Join us to delve into the detail or focus on a specific species. Events are generally aimed at an adult audience, last a little longer and/or cover a greater distance.

Our events mostly take place outside so brace yourself for the Yorkshire weather! What to bring/wear Events are carried out in all weathers so please check the forecast before visiting and dress accordingly. Sturdy footwear is always recommended and wellington boots are best for our coastal events. Toilets and catering Where events are taking place away from our visitor centres, toilets or catering are not usually available. Please check our website for nature reserve information before booking. ywt.org.uk Covid-19 secure All of our events have Covid-19 secure measures in place to help keep you and our staff and volunteers safe. Our organisational Risk Assessment can be found on our website.

Booking is essential for all paid-for events. This can be done online at ywt.org.uk/events or by calling 01904 659570.

And there’s more…

We’re planning exciting events all the time. Head to our website for the latest listings: ywt.org.uk/events All event details are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is registered in England no. 409650 and is a registered charity no. 210807. Registered Office: 1 St George’s Place, York, YO24 1GN

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Stirley Near Huddersfield This former diary farm is a haven for wildlife in the making. At our west Yorkshire events base you may spot our team or active volunteers shaping this rural landscape into a diverse patchwork of nature-friendly habitats. Postcode: HD4 6FA Telephone: 01484 663185

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Potteric Carr Doncaster Potteric Carr nature reserve is a wild oasis just waiting to be explored. Discover a true mosaic of habitats from reedbeds swaying gently under big open skies to winding woodland trails and networks of ponds teeming with life. After such an adventure, homemade cakes and wholesome lunches await in our café! Postcode: DN4 8DB Telephone: 01302 325736

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Living Seas Centre South Landing, Flamborough The meeting hub for our marine inspired events and the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed, scenic walk around South Landing local nature reserve. (At the time of publication, the Living Seas Centre is not open to the public, only for advertised, pre-bookable events). Postcode: YO15 1AE

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Spurn National Nature Reserve Kilnsea (near Hull) Spurn Point is Yorkshire’s very own Land’s End – an iconic and constantly shifting peninsula which curves between the North Sea and the Humber Estuary. From birdwatching to bracing walks and amazing views from our Discovery Centre café, there are so many ways to enjoy this special place. Postcode: HU12 0UH Telephone: 01964 650144



Spring into action and discover a wilder Yorkshire… Wildflowers spring up in our woodlands and the air begins to fill with birdsong and the hum of bees. Out on the coast, the chalk cliffs come alive with the sight, sound and smell of thousands of nesting seabirds. As Yorkshire’s wild places burst into life, our events add further inspiration.


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Spring into half-term Go wild for the colours, sounds and textures of spring!

Put a spring in your step Dawn chorus Potteric Carr nature reserve Sunday 2nd May


5am – 8am Set the alarm clock nice and early to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day and enjoy the stunning, surround-sound of Potteric Carr’s birds in full voice. You’ll be rewarded with a tasty breakfast too! PRICE (includes hot drink and breakfast) Adult £14, child £10

Yorkshire Puffin Festival Online event: ywt.org.uk/puffin-festival Sat 29th – Mon 31st May

Come and experience life on the very edge of Yorkshire – virtually! Yorkshire’s Flamborough Headland is one of the best places in the country to see puffins from land – as well as thousands of other seabirds. Experience the sights and sounds of our ‘Seabird City’ remotely through a fun-filled programme of online events for all the family. Join our experts to plan your seabird spotting adventure and discover how protecting puffins starts at home.

Wild art attack! Stirley (near Huddersfield) Mon 31st May – Fri 4th June

10.30am – 1pm Be inspired by nature and get the creative juices flowing with a different workshop every day. Make your own clay animals, leaf crowns, painted pebbles, bark etchings, outdoor art, wild jewellery and more! PRICE: Adult £12, child £8

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Family forest adventure challenge Potteric Carr nature reserve Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd May

11am – 2pm Discover forest skills as a family from wildlife spotting to crafting and den building. Create memories around the campfire as you all get stuck in and cook up something tasty together! Make your very own woodland medallion to treasure your day. PRICE: Adult £14, child £10

Zoom into Yorkshire’s seabird city from your sofa! Online event: ywt.org.uk/puffin-festival Saturday 29th – Monday 31st May 2021

Let us transport you to Flamborough Cliffs for all the seabird action! Family-friendly challenges, ‘meet the experts’, special guests, top spotting tips and more…



We have ten years to turn the tide... or Yorkshire’s seas could fall silent forever



Make your summer count!


Long summer days provide ample time to explore orchid-filled meadows and watch dragonflies dart over our wetlands. At the coast, keep your eyes peeled for porpoise and seals in calm seas and enjoy clifftops awash with a rainbow of wildflowers. It’s the perfect time to dive in!















Great Yorkshire Creature Count 24 hours in search of the wildlife on our doorsteps

Join in the Great Yorkshire Creature Count!

12pm Saturday 19th June – 12pm Sunday 20th June

Sign up at ywt.org.uk Everyone can take part in Yorkshire’s ‘wild census’ – whether you’ve got a yard, garden or a window!


Spot it, snap it, record it

Sign up today! ywt.org.uk/great-yorkshire-creature-count

Perfect ways to spend summer days This summer, experience Yorkshire’s wildlife from dawn to dusk!

Family woodlands adventure Potteric Carr nature reserve Saturday 20th June

11am – 2pm This Father’s Day weekend, spend some quality time together perfecting your forest survival skills! Build a den and delve into the toolbox to make your very own woodland medallion. What will you cook up around the campfire? PRICE: Adult £14, child £10

Guided Spurn 10km walk Spurn National Nature Reserve Sunday 18th July

10am-2pm Join our guide for the epic journey to Spurn Point and back again! May tales of Spurn’s maritime and military past enlighten your way, as well as top wildlife spotting tips. Receive a special certificate to celebrate your achievement! PRICE: Adult £20, child £12

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Wild Club – Summer camp Stirley (near Huddersfield) Monday 26th – Thursday 29th July

10am – 1pm each day A weeklong, action-packed day camp for those wild about wildlife and the great outdoors. From wild cooking to minibeast hunting and wild animal tracking, each day is set to be a true adventure and the highlight of your summer! For those aged 11-16. Bookings are for the full four days. PRICE: £80 per child

Night-time Spurn Safari Spurn National Nature Reserve Friday 27th August

7.30pm – 11.30pm Hop aboard our Spurn Safari vehicle as the sun goes down for this special trip and discover the wildlife of the Spurn peninsula by moonlight! Don’t forget to bring your torch! PRICE: Adult £22, child £10

Night-time wildlife stakeout Potteric Carr nature reserve Friday 27th August and Saturday 28th August

8pm – 10pm Explore Potteric Carr after dark on this unique

Do you have time to do more?

Visit ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer to find out more! adventure with your specialist guide – what will you see and hear as you sit and keep watch for the wildlife to appear? Keep cosy with tasty soup and a hot drink (included). PRICE: Adult £20, child £12

Mud magic Spurn National Nature Reserve Saturday 4th September

12.30pm – 2.30pm Mud glorious mud! Prepare to get very messy as you discover feet first who lives in the soft brown mud of the Humber estuary. It’s a magical place for wildlife! (Don’t forget to bring old clothes for the event and clean ones for after!) PRICE: Adult £12 adult, child £8

Evening bat walk Potteric Carr nature reserve Friday 10th September

8pm – 10pm Join one of our wildlife guides for a special tour of Potteric Carr to see if you can detect some flying night-time marvels. PRICE: Adult £10, child £6

Night-time Spurn Safari Saturday 25th September

Spurn National Nature Reserve 7pm – 11pm Another chance this season to hop aboard our Spurn Safari vehicle for this special night- time trip and discover the wildlife of the Spurn peninsula by moonlight! Don’t forget to bring your torch! PRICE: Adult £22, child £10

Have a go at pond dipping Potteric Carr nature reserve Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th August 10.30am – 1.30pm (30 minute slots)

Join our wildlife experts and come face-to-face with some weird and wonderful wildlife in this hands-on session. Our team will help you to ID the creatures you find in our ponds and explain how each of these tiny, alien species plays an important role in a wildlife-rich world. They’ll also give you some top tips to help you create a pond at home, no matter what your outdoor space is like! PRICE: Adults £5, child £3


All across Yorkshire, people give us their spare minutes, hours and days on beaches, under trees, amongst meadows and in communities, schools and offices. Over 1000 volunteers are already working together to create a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone, but our wildlife and wild places still need more support. However much time you have and whatever skills and experience you bring, there are many ways in which you can help the wildlife living on your doorstep.


Going wild on the Yorkshire coast

Join our Living Seas team for a Seashore Safari at Flamborough’s South Landing beach in search of our fascinating local marine life. What will you discover?


Seashore Safaris South Landing, Flamborough Various dates throughout the year

Head to ou r website for Seasho re Safari d ates and other Waves of Waste bea ch cleans a long Yorkshire’s coast: ywt.org.u k/ events

Waves of waste beach cleans South Landing, Flamborough

Join our Waves of Waste coordinators as they give South Landing beach (Flamborough) a thorough tidy up to protect marine wildlife.

Living Seas


Sunday 2nd May, 1pm-3pm Thursday 12th August, 1pm-3pm Sunday 19th September, 10am-12pm Saturday 27th November, 2pm-4pm


Join the conversation from your couch! Living Seas LIVE is a series of monthly marine-themed talks hosted by our Living Seas Team, and it’s all happening online! Each month they’ll be joined by fantastic special guests to chat about the North Sea, its wildlife and the work that is being done to protect it. Sign up today for details of our talks programme, including live links:


Spurn safari Visit the iconic Spurn National Nature Reserve on a unique wildlife safari, aboard our all-terrain vehicle. You will see and learn about Spurn’s fantastic wildlife and rich history, and get the chance to explore the peninsula, including a trip to the Spurn Lighthouse. A must for all families!


Book today ywt.org.uk/events



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An exclusive birding experience across Kilnsea Wetlands and Spurn peninsula with an expert guide. The perfect introduction to birding – especially during the migration season.

£75 per person for a full day experience

Our tours are limited to six people per tour to allow us to tailor the experience to your needs and interests.

For more information and to book your place visit: ywt.org.uk/events

Guided walks Join one of our expert guides to discover the wildest sides of our nature reserves…



Evening bat walk Potteric Carr nature reserve Friday 16th April

Wildflower walk Maltby Low and Far Common Saturday 26th June

Stirley wild walk Stirley (near Huddersfield) Sunday 29th August

10am – 12pm A guided walk through this nature reserve which is a joy to behold in early summer. PRICE: Adult £10, child £6

10.30am – 1pm Enjoy lots of fresh air with a guided walk around our rolling fields and up to Hudderfield’s iconic Castle Hill. PRICE: Adult £10, child £6

Stirley wild walk Stirley (near Huddersfield) Sunday 27th June

Wetlands Walk Potteric Carr nature reserve 22nd September

8pm – 10pm Join one of our wildlife guides for a special tour our Potteric Carr to see who is flying around after dark! PRICE: Adult £10, child £6

Woodland walk Sprotborough Flash nature reserve (Doncaster) Saturday 8th May 10am – 12pm A guided tour through this richly diverse nature reserve located at the Don Gorge. PRICE: Adult £10, child £6

10.30am – 1pm Enjoy lots of fresh air with a guided walk around our rolling fields and up to Hudderfield’s iconic Castle Hill. PRICE: Adult £10, child £6

9.30am – 11.30am A guided walk through Potteric Carr’s dynamic and diverse wetlands. PRICE: Adult £10, child £6



10am – 12pm A guided tour through a wonderfully wet yet increasingly rare habitat. PRICE: Adult £10, child £6


Fens tour Potteric Carr nature reserve Saturday 10th July

Monthly outdoor fun for pre-schoolers It’s never too early to be inspired by nature! Explore the great outdoors through fun and stimulating activities at Stirley (near Huddersfield) and Potteric Carr nature reserve (Doncaster). Specially designed for children aged 4 and under to learn with their parent/carer. Home Education Sessions Head to our website for information about our home education sessions hosted at our visitor centres and events hubs, including forest school learning and nature-based activities. Always fun and always outdoors! ywt.org.uk/events

Forest Tots Potteric Carr Nature Reserve First Friday of every month

10.30am – 12noon Woodland games, crafts, hands-on sensory activities and always a campfire! PRICE: £10 one adult and one child (£6 additional child, £4 additional adult)

Nature Tots Stirley (near Huddersfield) Last Friday of the month from May 2021 10:30am – 12noon Get crafty, get outdoors, get closer to nature together! PRICE: £10 one adult and one child (£6 additional child, £4 additional adult)

Become a Wildlife Watch award winner! Calling all families! You can earn special awards when you attend our events and take part in new wild experiences. The Wildlife Watch Hedgehog Award is open to everyone. It is a great way to develop your skills and knowledge while also helping your local wildlife. You’ll get a certificate too! Start logging your nature-inspired activities here: wildlifewatch.org.uk/ hedgehog-award MATTHEW ROBERTS

Wildlife Watch is The Wildlife Trust’s membership for children. Wildlife Watch members can go on to complete their Kestrel and Nature Ranger Awards

Help create a

wilder Yorkshire! Join us today.


Our members are wildlife heroes. Through their membership they transform parched fields into wildlife-rich meadows, help species on the brink of extinction to thrive once again, give Yorkshire’s wildlife a powerful voice and inspire future generations to care for our amazing, wild Yorkshire. Will you join them?

Visit ywt.org.uk/membership or call us on 01904 659570 to discover the great benefits of being a member and get your Welcome Pack on its way! Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is registered in England no. 409650 and is a registered charity no. 210807.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Events Guide April - September 2021  

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's spring/summer programme is jam-packed with family fun and wildlife encounters! With dozens of events taking place...

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Events Guide April - September 2021  

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's spring/summer programme is jam-packed with family fun and wildlife encounters! With dozens of events taking place...

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