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Hawkmoth Wood - Woodland Venue, North Yorkshire


Duration: One day

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

Hawkmoth Wood is a 12 acre site, part of a much bigger private 280 acre woodland complex on the Plain of York. We are slowly returning it to deciduous woodland with the intention of it being both a nature reserve and a traditionally and commercially managed woodland. The area is flat, has a network of footpaths and a stream. We have a significant recorded biodiversity ( 25 species of tree, 80 birds, 330 moths, 125 flowering plants in two years ) and intend to improve it by careful management.
We welcome enquiries if you would either like to run courses consistent with its status; woodland management, wildlife, wellness, craft, art etc. Or if you’d like to bring a group of people or family, friends, just let us know what you’d like to do, give us your date options, and we’ll see what we can do!

Hawkmoth Wood is a lovely location and we are weather resilient if needed! Contact us for more details!

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What's included in the price?

Bring your own food but we can supply facilities for cooking / barbecuing over an outdoor fire.
Toilet facilities



Want to review this course?

Our time spent at Hawkmoth wood today with David has been excellent. Whether arriving here with an interest in conservation, ecosystems, history, woodland management, alternative leisure pursuits or looking for artistic inspiration, this tranquil setting has it all.

- - #23169

Informal but very informative talk as we wandered around ancient woodland. David takes time to explain how ancient woodland developed, how modern need of wood has changed the landscape, and how careful management can restore balance. We learned how the flora and fauna is dependent upon a careful balance. David explained his vision for the future generations by thoughtful planned planting now.
We listened and watched the birds of the wood and nearby fields. We even did a bit of foraging and learnt what not to eat while walking in the woods. We saw ancient dykes and furrows. We have no hesitation recommending this tree identification day if you care about the environment.
We will be back in the Autumn when the colours will give a different aspect to the woods and we can examine the produce of the different trees.

- - #21817

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


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  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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