Go wild this Summer!


Go Wild this Summer!

Nidderdale AONB’s new Wild Watch project is challenging the people of Nidderdale to get out into nature this summer and learn about the fantastic wildlife of the area.

Regular contact with wildlife and the outdoors is a proven antidote to mental health issues, obesity and has been shown to generally improve our health and wellbeing. This issue is particularly profound among young people, who are tied to their smartphone and tablet screens and spend less and less time out in the natural environment.

This summer, The Wild Watch project is giving you and your family a series of great opportunities to tackle these issues head on, and go a little bit wild! The Wild Watch project, being delivered by the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team based in Pateley Bridge have put together a super events and training programme for the summer.

There are a range of exciting activities to get involved in, from going out with experts to look for our reptilian friends – adders, slow worms and lizards, to having a go at pond dipping or minibeast hunting with the kids. For those that can stay out late, how about a bat walk in a local woodland, using bat detectors to locate our furry flying friends? And for those who like cutting-edge science and technology, Dr Dave Chesmore will unravel the world of bioacoustics, using the latest kit to listen in to the secret lives of insects.

 “With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we are hoping to get lots of people involved in nature in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, this summer,” explained Alice Crosby, The Wild Watch project officer.

We look forward to seeing you on one of these fantastic events – book now to secure your place.

Full details of all our events can be found on the AONB website. Places can be booked either online, by ringing the AONB office on 01423 712950 or emailing aonbevents@harrogate.gov.uk