Identifying Native British Trees



At Hawkmoth Wood we are fortunate to have 29 mostly native tree species so plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with the many of our common trees. Reference materials - books, wood samples etc are available.

We'll walk the wood looking at how to identify trees from the leaves, bark, flowers, and situation. We'll learn about their timber and culinary uses, their place in mythology and medicine, and their susceptibility to increasing risk from imported diseases . We can collect leaves as we go and have a light refresher ID quiz towards the end of the session.

And we'll have a look at results of the trail camera if it is set up, who knows what we might see! This introductory course is ideal if you are thinking about, or have already bought woodland, perhaps beginning working in forestry or ecology, and need to catch up on your basic tree ID! This course is also suitable also for individuals, small groups or families who walk in the countryside and would like to learn a little more about the trees you see .

Maximum 6 students - Children half price, must be accompanied by suitable adult. If children would like to do some bark rubbing we have the necessary materials.

We are very flexible with dates, minimum one person, maximum 6

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

PLEASE NOTE: Other than Saturdays we are flexible on dates, please contact us if you have a date in mind which is not marked as available on the calendar

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Bring lunch and drinks which we'll have in or near the hide, where we can watch the birds coming and going at the feeders. Walking is generally easy and their are bench rest areas if you just want to sit and take in the atmosphere, but please wear stout footwear and trousers, 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, you can have lunch in the hide and watch the birds on the feeders if you wish. Covid restrictions apply until further notice, but we can easily socially distance in this situation, hand sanitiser etc is available for your use. A toilet is also available.


David Watkins at Hawkmoth Wood


Hawkmoth Wood
part of Brafferton Springs
North Yorkshire
YO61 2SE

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


4 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Sue Smith - - #32765

Lovely day with David exploring and learning about the variety of trees, plants and animals in his beautiful woodland. David is very knowledgeable and professional. A great day to learn about our native trees

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