A Walk On The Wild Side
with Prof. Alastair Driver

Join us, and our specialist advisor Professor Alastair Driver, for a morning exploring the rewilding landscape of Broughton Sanctuary and meet some of the animals and plants that we share our landscape with.

This walk is part of our programme of free community events supported by grant funding from White Rose Forest. Tickets are complimentary but with only 25 spaces available you will need to book now to secure your place.

We start the session by examining the (live) contents of our moth trap, set the night before. Its sleeping inmates are never less than remarkable and often stunningly beautiful.

Thereafter we will embark on a short walk into the wider landscape to hear more about how and why we are transforming our 2600 acres of high intensity sheep pasture into a mosaic of different habitats, that not only produce nutritious food, but also work to deliver essential ecosystem services that we need for a healthy planet.

Along the way Alastair will point out some of the birds, insects, trees and plants that call this landscape home and you will hear about some of the wildlife which we expect to move in as the landscape continues to rewild.

We end the walk with a guided pond dipping session where we can discover the most fantastic and rarely seen beasts that live beneath the surface of the water and discuss why these creatures are key to the environment. We will provide all the equipment needed such as pond nets, white trays, and magnifying glasses.

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

Please note that this event involves approximately 2 – 3 miles of walking on rough ground. This event is open to Adults and children aged 8+

There are two dates to choose from:

Saturday 20th April: 10am – 1pm
Thursday 23rd May: 10am – 1pm

This is a FREE event limited to 25 spaces.

About Alastair
Prof Alastair Driver is the Specialist Advisor for the Broughton Sanctuary nature recovery project. He is one of the country’s leading wildlife conservationists and rewilders, with over 45 years professional conservation experience under his belt. He is a passionate naturalist and a highly experienced nature guide and is never happier than when he is showing others the wonders of nature on our doorstep.

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.





Apr 20 2024


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Yellison Off-grid


Yellison Off-grid
Broughton Sanctuary, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 3AE