A Nature Encounter with Mark Cocker

This ancient estate has recently undergone a massive uplift in its wildlife populations, because of a bold new restoration initiative. Broughton is a magical place in midsummer and full of communities of wild animals and plants. Our aim is to immerse visitors in this natural abundance with author Mark Cocker, described recently as ‘one of our greatest living naturalists’.

We will look in detail at the deep interconnections which make life possible – fungi and trees, plants and insects, birds and even whole landscapes – but especially how humans are entirely enmeshed in the living world. But we will begin by exploring the contents of a moth trap set the night before. At this time of year, the live (if sleeping) occupants are likely to astonish you at what is all around us in the darkness and invariably never seen. This is a free event open to all on a first-come basis.

This workshop is part of our programme of free community events supported by grant funding from White Rose Forest. Tickets are complimentary but with only 20 spaces available you will need to book now to secure your place.

Full details of how and where to meet will be sent via email beforehand.

This is a FREE event limited to 20 spaces.

Please note, while this is a gentle walk frequent stops, you will need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground.

It is open to adults aged 16+

Learn more about Mark Cocker:

This event has been funded by the White Rose Forest through their Trees for Climate programme, part of the Government’s Nature for Climate fund. The White Rose Forest is the Community Forest for North and West Yorkshire, and provides support and funding for woodland creation across the region as well as initiatives that bring people and nature closer together.


Sold out!


Jul 06 2024


10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Utopia, Church Lane, Broughton Sanctuary, Skipton BD23 3AE


Mark Cocker