In the wonderful wilds of the Langstrothdale fells, Nethergill Farm is hosting a series of Wild Workshops in conjunction with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust that promises an ‘up close and personal’ experience of the dramatic landscape and Yorkshire Dales wildlife.
Five Wild Workshops have been scheduled so far, taking place on Saturdays from April to July, between 10am to 4pm, starting at Nethergill Farm’s panoramic and high-tech Field Centre. The cost will be £25 per person, which includes tea and coffee, a sandwich lunch and home-baked cakes. Wildlife lovers can also enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the hill farm for the whole weekend or longer, staying at Nethergill Farm B&B or in the two new, self-catering Hayloft cottages for up to seven people.
The project received a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) Sustainable Development Fund, which is managed by the Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) on behalf of the Authority.
Peter Stockton, the YDNPA’s Head of Sustainable Development, said: “These workshops will marry two of the very things that the Yorkshire Dales National Park was set up to achieve – enjoyment and understanding of the special wildlife and habitat that this area has to offer.
“On top of that, they are taking place almost in the precise geographic heart of the National Park – and a more pleasant and tranquil environment it would be hard to find anywhere else in the Pennines.”
Saturday 20th April: River Workshop, with Dan Turner and others from the Yorkshire Dales River Trust. The morning session reveals secrets from the riverbed with expert kick-sampling and invertebrate identification. In the afternoon participants can learn the art of willow bundling to prevent river bank erosion and improve wildlife habitats.
Saturday 11th May: Wildlife and Landscape Photography Workshop, with Carl Watts, a published photographer for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Natural England. In the comfort of Nethergill’s Farmhouse Field Centre, Carl will begin the day with an invaluable session covering kit, composition and photographic effects among other top tips. In the afternoon, participants can put theory into practice in a variety of locations on Nethergill land, including bird hides, woodland and the head of the River Wharfe.
Saturday 8th June: Peat Workshop, with Astrid Hanlon from Yorkshire Peat Partnership. A chance to really learn the ‘bog basics’ of the Yorkshire Dales including bog surveying, identification of plant-life and other species, peatland monitoring and restoration.
Saturday 13th July: Wild Flower Workshop, with Nicky Vernon, plant recorder for The Wharfedale Naturalist Society. In the morning, Nicky provides an insight into the history and management of hay meadows along with the basics of wildflower identification. After lunch, it’s out into the meadows for a closer look at some of the key Dales species.
To book a place on any of the courses please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01756 761126