Dales farm to open gates for wildlife workshops

Amateur wildlife photographers will be able to take pictures of Wispa the barn owl in flight at Nethergill Farm on June 13.  Pic: Owl Adventures
Amateur wildlife photographers will be able to take pictures of Wispa the barn owl in flight at Nethergill Farm on June 13. Pic: Owl Adventures
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BUDDING WILDLIFE photographers, artists and botanists are being welcomed onto a North Yorkshire farm to learn their craft at a series of workshops in aid of charity.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will benefit from the funds raised by three day-long events at Nethergill Farm in Oughtershaw near Buckden, Upper Wharfedale.

On June 13, amateur photographers will have the chance to take photos of Wispa the barn owl, courtesy of Ripon-based Owl Adventures, during a day spent with Yorkshire Dales wildlife photographer Simon Phillpotts.

A wildlife identification day follows on July 25 when Caroline Thorogood, director of operations at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, will use the farm’s field centre and hay meadows to teach guests about the ‘big nine’ plant families in the UK.

First-time artists can then learn watercolour techniques with artist Rachel McNaughton on August 1.

The workshops are part of an on-going partnership between the farm and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, with the charity having helped create a ‘farm reserve’ at Nethergill.

Fiona Clark, who runs sheep at the farm, said: “It is great to be able to support the Trust by hosting these events which will help bring people closer to their surroundings and learn more skills that will enable them to get the most out of the countryside.”

Each day event runs 10am-4pm and cost £80-£95 per person. To book, call Fiona Clark on 01756 761126 or email fiona.clark@nethergill.co.uk