Take time to reconnect with nature on an easy-paced stroll in an inspiring setting
Terrain: Easy (1-3 miles max)
Skill Level: All abilities
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Walks with nature are a great opportunity to explore natural environments and enjoy new encounters with wildlife. Walks are led at a relaxed pace with numbers limited to an amount that will enhance the experience.
Each walk is planned and led by photographer and wildlife enthusiast Rich Bunce. Rich has a life-long passion for wildlife, nature, and conservation. Whether it's out photographing wildlife for an article, assisting on an ecology survey or just walking his Lurcher Alfie, there's not a day goes by where Rich isn't out observing wildlife.
"I've had so many wonderful encounters with nature. Nature brings out the best in us, it's healing and immensely rewarding. I'm really passionate about sharing the magic that can happen when out walking with nature!" - Rich Bunce
Every Walk with Nature is carefully researched to present the best opportunities for inspiring encounters with wildlife. As the walk progresses Rich will share his personal experiences and top tips for finding and encountering nature. While this is not a photo walk and no photography instruction offered, people are welcome to bring a camera provided it doesn't detract from the purpose of the walk.
15th July, 9pm - 11pm: After Dark Nature Walk (Bats, Owls & Otters)
21st July, 8am - 10am: Insectopia Walk (Dragons, Damsels & Butterflies)
2nd September, 5pm - 8pm: Red Harewood (Red Kites, Red Deer plus guests)
After Dark Nature Walk (Bats, Owls & Otters)
Explore the banks of the River Wharfe in Ilkley. As the sun sets and the light begins to fade our senses sharpen and a new natural world opens itself up. From birds and animals getting their last meals to bats, owls and otters just waking up. Not only will we be privy to the secretive sights and sounds of the twilight river, we'll be armed with the latest professional standard bat detector. This Echo Meter will enable us to decipher the many different species of bat that enjoy hunting along the Wharfe. We'll then finish the walk downwind from a well-frequented otter holt. While we can't guarantee a sighting of otters, the chances are pretty good at present.
Numbers for this group are restricted to 4. Cost £30
Insectopia Walk (Dragons, Damsels & Butterflies)
This little known location is a paradise for anyone who enjoys watching the electric dragonflies and damselflies as they court and hunt. Located near Timble and Swinsty reservoir this is an easy and very relaxing walk. As well as the plethora of unique and stunning insect life here, timed right, deer and birds like Redstart, Linnet, Owls (Little, Tawny & Barn) and Hobby could well put in an appearance too!
Numbers for this group are restricted to 10. Cost £20