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Beginners guide to British trees


Duration: 4 hours

Price: £40

Book with: David Watkins
at Hawkmoth Wood

Hawkmoth Wood
part of Brafferton Springs
Helperby
North Yorkshire
YO61 2SE

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About the Course

We are fortunate at Hawkmoth Wood in having 27 native tree species so plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with the many of our common native and forestry trees.
We'll walk the wood looking at how to identify them from the leaves, bark and situation. We'll learn about their uses, history in the UK, their timber and culinary uses, their place in mythology and medicine, and their susceptibility to increasing risk from imported diseases which may change our landscape for a very long time. We saw this in the 1970's with Dutch Elm Disease but other species are now threatened.

We'll also be looking for butterflies, wild flowers, fungi, birds and anything else of interest, most of which are dependant to some extent on the trees we are walking amongst. Ideal if you are thinking about, or have already bought, woodland and would like to catch up on your tree ID. This course is also ideal for people who walk in the countryside and would like to learn a little more about these living things which contribute so much to our lives although we rarely think about it.

Maximum 8 students

If you have a group who would like to take advantage of this course on a day other than the above please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Your tutor will be David Watkins, the woodland owner of this part of Brafferton Springs. Please note the all the woodland area is private and only accessible on course days and by arrangement.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Bring lunch, hot drinks and biscuits available. Walking is generally very easy but please wear stout footwear and bring warm clothing and a waterproof ( just in case !). We are weather resilient if the weather takes a turn for the worst. Bring a camera if you have one.

10am - 2.30pm



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