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Rosedale Wildlife Week

Evening light on Rosedale village and Northdale from Chimney Bank, credit www.RJBPhotographic.co.ukEvening light on Rosedale village and Northdale from Chimney Bank, credit www.RJBPhotographic.co.uk

Once the hub of an intensive ironstone industry, Rosedale is now a much more peaceful place, where the sounds of mines and railways have been replaced with birdsong and the buzz of insects among the hay meadows. 

The Land of Iron project is working to nurture the natural environment that has reclaimed the industrial landscape, and is celebrating it through Rosedale Wildlife Week. 

From Sunday 23 to Saturday 29 June a wealth of nature-based guided walks, talks, and field trips with local experts will explore and document the valuable wildlife to be found in the dale. 

Highlights include:

  • 'Go Wild on the Village Green' on the Sunday and Saturday
  • Two family activity days to discover the bugs and beasties all around us
  • 'Bats in the Abbey', to highlight the nocturnal life of the village
  • 'Fabulous Flora', a day learning to recognise the plants and animals of Rosedale's historic churchyard
  • A series of evening talks on everything from wildlife photography to ring ouzels
Rosedale Wildlife Week Events

We're holding a series of free events during the week to learn more about the Land of Iron project and get to know the flora and fauna of Rosedale, including workshops, talks and activities for all the family.

Moorsbus will be running services on the weekends during Rosedale Wildlife Week to make it even easier to get to the events, so don't forget to check out their timetables. 

20 June

Small Mammal Morning
Join a local expert in opening up small mammal live traps set the night before. Identify and help record any mice, voles and shrews we might encounter, learning about the different habitats they are found in and the ecological roles they play. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

23 June

Moth Morning on the Village Green
9am - 10am
Join local experts in opening up moth traps set the night before. Identify and help record the diverse range of moths found in Rosedale, learning about their secretive lives. Bring a camera if you would like to photograph the moths before their release. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

Fabulous Flora
10am - 2pm
A day of discovery in Rosedale Abbey’s historic churchyard. Learn to recognise the plants and animals making this place home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

Go Wild on the Village Green
10:30pm - 12pm and 1pm - 2:30pm
Come along to discover the bugs and beasties of Rosedale Abbey. There will be bug hunts, river/pond dipping, visits to wildflower meadows and more for all the family to enjoy! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

Photographing Wildlife in the North York Moors National Park
7pm - 9pm
Join wildlife photograph Steve Race, as he tells the story behind the images he has taken over the years and about the incredible wildlife that the North York Moors National Park has to offer. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

24 June

Meadows and Pastures of Rosedale
10am - 4pm
Join us for a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Rosedale's traditional grasslands. We will visit several of Rosedale's finest sites, recording the flowers, grasses and other species with the help of local experts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online. 

Gardening with nature, for nature
7pm - 9pm
Every space can be a home for nature, and gardens can support a wide array of wildlife when it is encouraged. Join landscape gardener and naturalist Alistair Taylor for an illustrated talk with advice and top tips on how to get the best out of your garden for you and for nature. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

25 June

Rosedale Wildlife Walk
10am - 3pm
Join the Updale Natural History Recorder for an insider’s view of Rosedale and its wonderful wildlife. You'll enjoy a walk of moorland edge, hay meadows and traditionally farmed landscapes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online. 

26 June

Wild Woods of Rosedale
10am - 4pm 
A one off opportunity to discover a wide range of woodland habitats in and around Rosedale and Hartoft. You will walk between woodlands, recording species with the help of local experts. You will be walking between the sites, on a route of approx. 3 miles, some of which is on rough and uneven terrain so please bring suitable clothing and footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

Goshawks to Humpbacks the Wildlife of the North York Moors 
7pm - 9pm
An illustrated talk with high quality images focusing on the wide diversity of wildlife from orchids, through birds of prey to whales found in this beautiful National Park. Renowned local naturalist Richard Baines will be giving an insight into the ecology and top tips of where to go and what to find. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

27 June

Hidden Hartoft Wildlife Walk
10am - 3pm
Join the local experts for an insider’s view of the beautiful and hidden landscape of Hartoft. We will explore moorland, meadows and woodland, identifying and recording the wildlife we encounter as we walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online. 

Dippers, Nuthatches and Ring Ouzels: The Wildlife of Rosedale
7pm - 9pm
Learn about Rosedale’s brilliant bird life, and their associated habitats from The Updale Natural History Recorder, who will be sharing their intimate knowledge with Rosedale’s wild residents, and the best encounters from over the years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

28 June

Aquatic Rosedale
10am - 5pm
Join us for a rare opportunity to explore what lies beneath the surface of Rosedale’s ponds and streams, recording species with the help of local experts. The morning will include a field visit to ponds created through the Land of Iron Project. The afternoon will be an indoors aquatic invertebrate identification workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

Bats of the Abbey
9pm - midnight 
What comes out when all the people have gone to bed? Discover the nocturnal activity of Rosedale Abbey, looking for bats on a dusk ramble, guided by a local bat expert. There will also be moth trapping on the same evening. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

29 June

Moth Morning in the Reading Room
9am - 10am 
Join local experts in opening up moth traps set the night before. Identify and help record the diverse range of moths found in Rosedale, learning about their secretive lives. Bring a camera if you would like to photograph the moths before their release. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

Rosedale Abbey Short Nature Walk
10:30am - 12pm
Join us on a short walk (approximately 1 mile) around historic Rosedale Abbey, exploring signs of its historic past and how nature makes the village its home. The walk finishes with lunch at Graze on the Green Tea Rooms. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

Go Wild on the Village Green
10:30pm - 12pm and 1pm - 2:30pm
Come along to discover the bugs and beasties of Rosedale Abbey. There will be bug hunts, river/pond dipping, visits to wildflower meadows and more for all the family to enjoy! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book online.

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