What's On






Please find attached a flyer with details of our AGM which is being held at RHS Harlow Carr on Saturday 23rd March. You don't have to be a member of the RHS to attend our AGM but to speed your entrance through to the meeting please let us know you intend to come and we will meet you.

Please email any nominations for committee offices to biodiversityaction@gmail.com


Pamela Millen



Summary of March 2019 events


Nidd Gorge 10:00 – 16:00 Thursday 21st March: Meeting at the Greenway car park on Bilton Lane. We will be finishing off the fence line we started on the last task. Once complete we will then move on to continuing the levelling work on the new/old access track. If you can help notify Countryside Ranger, Parks and Environmental Services, email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk mob: 07525 988288

Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group AGM, Saturday 23rd March 10 – 12. RHS Harlow Carr, Jubilee Room, Bramall Learning Centre.

Meeting includes a guided tour of the RHS Harlow Carr Library.

If not a member of the RHS please email us at biodiversityaction@gmail.com and we will meet you at the entrance.

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group. Work days Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March from 10.00 – 16.00 to move and rake stone for footpath improvement. Meet at the car park near the squash club on Hookstone Wood Road If attending notify Countryside Ranger Parks and Environmental Services email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk mob: 07525 988288


Working party at Aspin Pond, Knaresborough

Saturday March 23. Litter pick. Meeting at 10am at the pond. We aim to go down the footpaths as far as Abbey Road. Litter grabbers, bin bags and hi-vis jackets will be provided. Please bring gloves.

Pinewood Conservation Group. Litter pick 23rd March 10-12 Meet at The Council Nurseries on Nursery Lane East, just off Harlow Moor Road on Sat 23rd March at 10am. The pick is not expected to last more than 2 hours. Just bring gloves - bags will be provided.





Workshop Day 2nd March


HDBAG will be cutting back brambles that are overgrowing the pathways in the wildlife area of Valley Gardens from 10 -12. Meet at Ebor Rise entrance and wear protective clothing and bring secateurs.

Please reply to the email above if you are able to help out


HASAG will be in the Stonefall/Panhandle Park from 10 -12 litter picking and clearing encroaching vegetation from around the infant trees. If attending let Sam Walker know on sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk or HSAG at HASAGgroup@outlook.com



North Yorkshire Police’s – ‘Operation Owl’

North Yorkshire Police is calling for the public to take part in ‘Operation Owl’ - a new initiative to prevent the persecution of birds of prey in our countryside. North Yorkshire is known for its wonderful countryside, which is home to many species of birds – including protected birds of prey (also known as raptors).

11.00 – 12.30 on Wed 3rd April in the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley LS29 9DZ

Click HERE for full details







Come and join us in Panhandle/Stonefall Parks for the RSPB big garden birdwatch.

Spend an hour in the park and record the birds that you see. (note the most of any species that you see at one time)

Let us know what you have seen or send your results directly to RSPB

HASAG – spinninged@hotmail.co.uk




WHAT WAS ON in 2018


Oatlands Junior School.

Work morning -

Sunday 9th December. 9.30 - 1pm


Reply to lhind@oatlands-jun-n-yorks.sch.uk if attending

There are a mixture of jobs to do, which will involve:

-laying carpet membrane in the allotment area;

-building a wooden compost bin;

-building a leaf container;

-putting up drainpipe and water butt;

-painting bird table/outside shelter

Laura Hind

Year 4 teacher

Oatlands Junior School


Saturday 15th December

From Sam Walker

Countryside Ranger

Meeting at 10 am at the car park on Bilton Lane for work in Nidd Gorge. Reply to Sam if attending.

. A Christmas cracker of a task which will involve removing a redundant fence line and having roaring festive fire! Mince pies will be provided.

As always if you can come along please let me know and ensure you wear suitable clothing to include a water proof and sensible outdoor footwear.

Hopefully see you there

Parks and Environmental Services

P.O. Box 787



email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk

mob: 07525 988288






Volunteer opportunities with Countryside Ranger Sam Walker. Please reply direct to Sam at sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk

if you can help. Click HERE for details




LoveKnaresborough 10 -12.30 Saturday 17th November

Details attached


Bilton Conservation Group AGM and talk by Keith Wilkinson 2pm 17th November

Poster attached



Friends of Jacob Smith Park public meeting 7pm Monday 19th November

Agenda attached


Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group

AGM and short talk by Sue Wood on Community involvement with 'In Bloom'

7pm Monday 19th November, Scout Hut, Hookstone Wood Road, HG2 8PN





Upcoming volunteer opportunities

Nidd Gorge

From: Sam Walker



Please note the next sessions of the Nidd Gorge Volunteers are;

Saturday 20th October – Footpath Improvements. Working at the top of the wood, behind the Appleby Estate, we will be barrowing stone (a short distance I promise!) to improve a section of footpath that can become very boggy in Winter. As part of these improvements we will be putting in some drainage and potentially cutting back some vegetation so that the sun can dry the track. With 10 tonnes of stone to shift the more the merrier with this task!


Thursday 22nd November – Task TBC. Due to holiday’s and prior commitments this is a week later than usual. Full details to be provided nearer the time.

As always we will be meeting at the Scotton Car park on the Ripley Knaresborough Road at 10:00 and working till about 16:00. Please wear suitable clothing to include a water proof and decent footwear. As we will be working over lunch please bring any food or drink you require. If you are coming along please let me know.


Sam Walker

Countryside Ranger

Parks and Environmental Services

P.O. Box 787



email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk

mob: 07525 988288




Monday Oct 1st 7:30pm

Talk on Hen Harriers

Roisin Taylor

Monday October 1st at Golden Lion RIPON

Click HERE for Poster




Help Harrogate HedgeHogs

Please help the Bilton Hogspital by voting for it

with your green‘Community’ discs

at HarrogateWaitrose during August

Click HERE for poster

We are so lucky in Harrogate to have a place to take sick and wounded hedgehogs. Up to 400 a year are cared for here. This takes money for supplies and

medication as well as a lot of time.


Harrogate and District

Allotment Federation


2018 Allotment Show

Sunday 19th August 2018

11.00am – 4.00pm


Show exhibits on display from 12 noon

Presentation of Trophies at 3.45pm


Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens


Raising funds for The Forest School, Knaresborough


Gardeners’ Question Hour 1.30 – 2.30p,

With Chris Beard and Roger Brownbridge




Bug Hunting... 11th August 2018

Experience the Adventure Trail while having an exciting bonus and go bug Hunting! Help will be at hand with identification. Check out our bug hotel in the mini beast area. Make a crazy bug in the activity barn! Click for poster.




July 18th 2018

Moth morning at Sawley. Click HERE for a poster. Email if you wish to attend







Click HERE for details



Cherishing Churchyards week is 9 – 17 June

St John’s Church at Sharow are running a week of special events

Click HERE for details



NIDDFEST at Pateley Bridge

16/17th June

Click HERE for Website



Swift Awareness Week is the 16 – 23 June

Includes the following:

Gledhow Swifts – Tuesday 19th June



Gilling East Swift evening – Tuesday 19th June


Swift Talk and Walk Helmsley - Thursday 21st June

Click HERE for poster


Swifts Market Stall Masham – Saturday 23rd June



Click HERE for details of all Swift events




New volunteering opportunity in Nidd Gorge

There is a new regular volunteer group in the Nidd Gorge. Led by the Woodland Trust; in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council. Sam Walker will be leading a monthly session to help improve this unique site.

Click HERE for more details and HERE for a poster






May 6th – 12 is Hedgehog Awareness week

Hedgehogs are out and about at night now. You can help by feeding them on water, hedgehog food and meal worms. You can help them by not using slug pellets, anything followed by the word killer - weed, moss etc), and making sure no drops of wood preservative are within their reach (on the ground or for a good 12 inches at the bottom of fences).

Click HERE for more information

and HERE for a project to make a hedgehog feeder


Sunday 6th May Woodland Trust Dawn Chorus Walk at Nidd Gorge

Join The Woodland Trust for International Dawn Chorus day at Nidd Gorge, Harrogate. Set your alarm clocks for a 4.45am start at the car park on the B6165 Knaresborough to Ripley Road. Booking essential on 0330 333 3300 Cost £2.50 per person.


12th May Ripon Walled Garden Spring plant fair and artisan market. 10 - 4

Click HERE for information


26 – 27 May RHS Harlow Carr

Children’s gardening weekend to inspire gardeners of the future. Normal garden entry applies.


Throughout May at Horticap

A photographic exhibition “Plants and Birds” by U3A Photography Group

Ckick HERE for poster and directions





High Batts are holding a dragonfly identification workshop at North Stainley village hall on Saturday 14th, 9.30 - 12.30. Please refer to the attached flyer for registration details.


Friends of Jacob Smith Park will be clearing the ground around the park's young trees and would welcome your help on Sunday 15th April from 10 - 12. For details of how you can help please refer to the attached flyer for details.


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will he hosting a guided Walk at Staveley Nature Reserve on Saturday 14th April from 10 -12

Register on line at www.ywt.org. Standard registration is a donation of £5 and Member registration is £3 per person.



Pinewoods Conservation Group

Rescheduled Litter Pick - Fri 27th April 10am

We are pleased to confirm that our delayed litter pick will take place on Fri 27th April from 10am to no longer than noon. Members of the committee will be joined by staff from RHS Harlow Carr and businesses from Cardale Park so please come along and take part.


We will be meeting at RHS Car Park 2 with litter picks and bags being provided so just bring gloves.






Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group

AGM and walk around Staveley Nature Reserve

Saturday 24th March 2018 10am -

Click HERE for more details

or see item below


March Programme

Harrogate and District Naturalists Society

Swift Conservation by Edward Mayer

Wednesday 7th March 7.30pm

St Robert Centre, Robert Street, Harrogate

Visitors £3.00

Click HERE for poster

Harrogate District RSPB Local Group

The RSPB Reserves by Peter Holden

Monday 12th March 7.30pm

Christ Church Hall, Harrogate

£3 members, £4 visitors

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group

SUNDAY 18th MARCH @ 10am . "Walkabout" in Stonefall/Panhandle Park to look at what work needs to be done, accompanied by litter picking.

Meet at the Wetherby Road entrance.

Contact : Clare 07931179181 pskardon@sky.com Edna 01423 543559 spinninged@hotmail.co.uk


Pinewoods Conservation Group

AGM & "Outdoors with Nature Again" with Nigel Heptinstall

Price: Free

Date time: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 19:30

Location: The Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS

Contact: contactus@pinewoodsconservationgroup.org.uk

Please come and join us for our Annual General Meeting to find out about recent events and plans for 2018.

We are also pleased to have Nigel Heptinstall who will give a short talk on "Outdoors with Nature Again". Many of you will remember Nigel from his regular Harrogate Advertiser column and we look forward to hearing his thoughts.

High Batts Nature Reserve Quarry Life Award

Quarrying for Wildlife

Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm

North Stainley Village Hall

Event is free and refreshments will be served

An evening of short illustrated talks centred round the Pennycroft quarry extension

Exploring geology, history and its potential as a major new wildlife conservation area.

For more information: Highbatts.wordpress.com

Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group

AGM and walk around Staveley Nature Reserve

Saturday 24th March 2018 10am -

Main Hide, Staveley Nature Reserve

Minskip Road, Staveley,

North Yorkshire, HG5 9LQ

10– 11am followed by walk around the reserve

All welcome


On the northern outskirts of Staveley, 2.5 miles south west of Boroughbridge. Car park just out of the village on the Minskip road and also disabled access via radar key from the track next to the church on Main Street. Public footpaths cross the site from Staveley Main Street next to the pub and from the Minskip road..






OPEN GARDEN event at Staveley

Sunday 18 February AND Sunday 25 February 2018


Snowdrops and Hellebores

At Moor End Farm, Arkendale Road, Staveley, Knaresborough, HG5 9JU

Starts at 2 p.m.

Admission £2.50 (children free)

Hot drinks, plant stall, book stall


Proceeds to local Staveley charities


Further information on 01423 341982 or email dorothy.griffin94@yahoo.co.uk




RSPB Garden Birdwatch

Saturday 27th January

At Starbeck Library

Click HERE for details



Volunteer opportunities with Sam Walker, Countryside Ranger

If you want to attend please notify Sam at:

Countryside Ranger

Parks and Environmental Services,

email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk

mob: 07525 988288


Saturday 27th January, Rossett Local Nature Reserve, 10:00 till 13:00

Crassula clearance – Returning to one of our regular haunts and tasks we will be donning waders and jumping in the ponds to help the ponds maintain an area of open water that provides suitable habitat for the breeding Great Crested Newt population. Meeting at the junction of Arthurs Avenue and Rossett Drive

Friday 9th Feb, Hell Wath, 10:00 till 12:00

Step repairs – Working with the new Friends of Hell Wath group to level and top up some of the well-used steps onsite to ensure they continue to be safe to use. Meeting at the changing rooms on Hell Wath Lane.





WHAT was ON in 2017


December 2017

Plants for sale at Council Nurseries

Click HERE for details


B-lines December Newsletter

Click HERE

High Batts Nature Reserve

December Newsletter

Click HERE





Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group and Harrogate Lions


Join in with treeplanting click HERE for details




November 27th








November 18th

Bilton Conservation Group Annual General Meeting

Saturday 18th November 2017

2.00 pm Bilton Community Centre

Guest Speaker: Teresa Marshal


Bilton’s answer to the famous St. Tiggywinkles






Rossett AGM

Rossett Local Nature Reserve AGM will be held on Wednesday 1st November at 6.30 at the Smiths Arms in Beckwithshaw. The £10 subs will be collected at this meeting and please consider if you wish to be put forward or continue with your post on the committee. If you will be attending and/or wish to raise an item on the agenda please contact Sandra at sharpfamilyhgt@gmail.com



Saturday September 9th

Fun open day in the Pinewoods


Click HERE for details and the poster


Saturday August 12th

Bughunt at Studfold

...Have an adventure and go bug hunting. Help will be there with identification. Also Harrogate Biodiversity Group will have a stall and help with the discoveries! Make a crazy bug!

Weather permitting!

Price reduction for those staying on Studfold Caravan Camping Park or Glamping or Group Accommodation.

Studfold, Lofthouse, North Yorkshire HG3 5SG

Tel: 01423 755 084 Email: info@studfold.com


Sunday 20th August

Allotment Show

Sun Pavilion Valley Gardens

Click HERE for full details


Sunday 4th June

The Ntional Trust is holding a BioBlitz at Brimham Rocks on Sunday the 4th of June. An opportunity for all the family to meet experts and enjoy finding out about wildlife. Click HERE for details



HDBAG annual moth morning

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Once again we are holding a moth trapping morning - click HERE for details.




Photographic Exhibition at Horticap

May 2nd until May 28th

In these days of gloom and despondency it is good to find an event to raise our spirits and renew our optimism in nature.

Harrogate U3A photo group are holding an

exhibition at Horticap celebrating the

Natural Environment in all its forms.

Entry is free - click here for details


HDBAG AGM April 1st 2017


A reminder that our AGM is on Saturday 1st April at Harlow Carr 10am - 12.30.

From 10 - 10.45 Andrew Willocks will give a guided tour of the gardens. Then, back to the Wolfson Room in the education centre for tea and biscuits and the official proceedings of an AGM.

Remember it is time to renew membership,

click HERE for the forms


Details of AGM click HERE


Thursday March 30th Nidderdale AONB will be holding their annual meeting at,

7.00 - 9.00 pm, Pateley Bridge The trustees will be reviewing the past year's activities. After the formalities are completed there will be hot drinks and homemade cakes, Dr Paul Evans from Buglife htpps://www.buglife.org.uk will give a talk entitled 'Landscapes for Pollinators'. Paul is responsible for the development and delivery of Buglife's UK-wide landscape-scale B-Lines Initiative. Paul's talk will

provide the 'bigger picture' and reinforce the importance of the Biffa Award, 'Pollinator Pathways' project. No need to book – just turn up:

Thursday March 30th, 7.00 – 9.00pm The Council Offices, Pateley Bridge.


Saturday 15th April Pinewoods Conservation Group, Easter Egg Hunt. Meet in Car Park 3, RHS Harlow Carr any time 11 – 12 noon. £2 entry non-members, Free to members. Details HERE


Pinewoods AGM

Thursday 9th March


At The Green Hut, Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS. The agenda will include aoverview of the

new 10 year management plan plus a discussion

on the RotaryWood development & lease proposal

by Harrogate Council and Harrogate SpaWater Limited.

Click HERE for the Agenda




February 14th to 21st 2017


Now is the time to check or renew your nestboxes!! Click here for advice.


British Dragonfly Society Spring Meeting

Saturday 11th March.


The BDS Spring Meeting is at Green Hammerton, near York, this year. The meeting is free to attend and we have some great talks lined up, with speakers from the Natural History Museum, Freshwater Habitats Trust and University of East Anglia, as well as a representative of the

Yorkshire Dragonfly Group and more.

For more information and to book a free place, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-meeting-2017-tickets-30960500691

Genevieve Dalley, Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society (BDS).

British Dragonfly Society C/O Natural England, Parkside Court, Hall Park Way, Telford, TF3 4LR

Visit our website to request FREE subscription to our monthly e-newsletter!





Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group

New HASAG dates for your diary.


Thurs 23/2 @ 10am - pruning the willow bridge in Hookstone Wood. This will only require a few people for the pruning

but we have not yet noted location and condition of any old bird/bat boxes remaining in the wood,

so this could be an extra task.

Meet at the notice board layby, Hookstone Wood Road.


Sat 4/3 from 10am to 12md - Spring Clean. Take part in the national Keep Britain Tidy litter picking weekend. Meet at the notice board layby, Hookstone Wood Road. Wear gloves and if you possess a litter picker bring it along.


Fri 10/3@ 9.30 -pruning in Stonefall Park. There are a lot of small branches overhanging paths which need trimmed and some pruning of growth in the copses. Meet at Eleanor Road entrance to Stonefall Park. (by the old garages). Wear gloves and bring secateurs if you wish.


. Let me know if you hope to come to give an idea of numbers, but you will always be welcome on the day.

Contact : Clare 07931179181 pskardon@sky.com

Edna 01423 543559 spinninged@hotmail.co.uk




WHAT'S ON in 2016



22nd to 29th

Harrogate District Naturalists Society will be at Starbeck Library from 22 to 29 October. Children will have the chance to enter a Nature Quiz. The Library will be supporting the Stand with a selection of their natural history books. Please check opening times at the Library before visiting.


Saturday 29th BATS!

Starbeck in Bloom are holding a Batty Day in the Library Saturday 29th October from 10 -12. A fun way to find out more about bats.



High Batts have a regular newsletter about their site. It also gives a list of their lecture evenings. Click HERE for the Autumn newsletter.


Saturday October 8th


Click HERE to read about the Countryside at Risk/Family fun event this Saturday 8th October at Glasshouses (with a walk from Pateley Bridge)



Two useful posters about Wildlife.

Click to see them:


HERE for Garden wildlife health


HERE for the Climate Coalition Speak up Week


What's On In September


Saturday 10th September






Click here for details.



What's on in August


Friday August 5th - Moth Morning


HDBAG will be holding its annual Moth Morning on Friday August 5th 9 - 11am. If interested please contact us to give us your details and receive directions.

Click HERE for full details


Sunday 21st August - Allottment Show

We will be at the Annual Allotment Show in Valley Gardens on Sunday 21st August from 11 - 4. This is always a fun event. Click HERE for full details.




Click HERE for the poster




RHS Spring Newsletter

"Wild about gardens" - the newsletter is now out. Click HERE for the wbsite link.



Help required by Sam Walker

July 12 2016

Sam is doing some work near Bachelor Gardens - 10:00am Thursday 12th July and volunteers are required. Click HERE for more details.



Biodiversity in danger: our declining

flora and fauna- JULY 11th 2016


Nidderdale Climate + Environment Group is holding its next meeting at Glasshouses on 11 July and the group would like to invite supporters of HDBAG along. We are starting at 6pm with an exploratory walk to search for flora and fauna, led by Nigel Heptinstall (binoculars will be useful but not essential). Then at 7.30pm we will meet at Broadbelt Hall for tea and coffee and Nigel's talk on the theme 'Biodiversity in danger: our declining flora and fauna'. Nigel will look at the causes and how we must care more for our environment, not only for wildlife but for human life too, and ways to increase our biodiversity. Hear how Nidderdale's biodiversity has changed over the years.

Click HERE to email for more information



14th July 'Living with fracking'


Frack Free Harrogate District has arranged a showing of the film 'Living with fracking' at the Friends' Meeting House. This is the film made by Joanne and Steve White from Ryedale who went over to Pennsylvania to find out what fracking is really like for the ordinary people living with it and made a film of what they saw. Dr Tim Thornton is also attending to speak about fracking, majoring on the health implications. This is the film that was shown in Glasshouses recently.

Click HERE for more information.


Saturday 9th July

Rossett Local Nature Reserve

From 10:00am until 11:00am there will be a pond dipping session. This is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Click HERE for the reserve's website.



Sunday July 3rd 2016

An opportunity to visit High Batts Nature Reserve. Please click HERE for details.


All welcome - mammal trapping, bird recognition, pond dipping etc etc ....



Pinewoods Teddy Bears Picnic

Saturday 25th June from 12pm to 2pm


Don't forget about the Teddy Bear's Picnic on Sat 25th June from 12pm to 2pm on Irongate Field. The field, on Harlow Moor Road next to Harrogate Spring Water plant, has been transformed over the last 2 years into a community green space.


Please come along to enjoy the 1000s of wild flowers that have bee planted with a picnic. As well as a raffle come and meet the bears and hear from Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group (HDBAG). There will also be fun and games for people to enjoy plus ice creams to buy.


Free parking is available at the layby

on Harlow Moor Road.


PS. Remember to order your tickets for our Charity Hog Roast in July. Over 50% of tickets have now been sold with a few tables for 10 still available for just £100. Remember PCG members receive a £2.50 ticket discount on individual adult tickets. Just use code "PCGMember2016" at checkout.



June Pinewoods Planting Events

Sunday 5th June 10am to 11.30am


The Pinewoods Conservation Group (PCG) is reaching the end of a project to plant over 3000 new wild flowers in the Pinewoods to increase bio-diversity within the woods. A number of events have been held with volunteers and groups to plant the flowers grown by Harrogate Council Nurseries.


As a last push an event is planned for Sunday 5th June from 10am for 1 to 2 hours with a request for volunteers to help with the planting. Volunteers are asked to bring a trowel and meet at Harrogate Council Nurseries off Harlow Moor Road.


Committee Member Carolyn Rothwell leading on the planting project said:


“With a good number of groups and volunteers already helping with our efforts this is the final push for the year. Just a small amount of time spent helping to plant will ensure we reach our target of over 3000 new wild flowers within the woods. We know this will not only keep the balsam down but also increase bio-diversity within the woods benefiting all our visitors.”


It is hoped that a number of the new plants will be in flower for the upcoming Teddy Bears' picnic planned for Saturday 25th June from 12pm.

The free picnic, on the new community green space next to Harrogate Spring Water on Harlow Moor Road, will feature a nature trail with fun and games for all the family. More details below.


Thursday 2nd June from 10am to 12pm

Horticap are planning to work monthly on Irongate field with any help appreciated. The team is expected to arrive about 10am and stay for 2 hours. If you have gloves and tools then please bring those along meeting at the layby on Harlow Moor Road near Harrogate Spring Water plant.




BeeAware Harrogate Library June 1st


It is very important that everyone, especially children, are aware of the vital importance of pollinators to our very existence.

On June 1st at 2:00pm HDBAG and Harrogate Library are holding a fun event to raise this awarenes. Click HERE for details


Hedgehog Week May 1st to 7th 2016

Hedgehog numbers are declining but we can try to make their lives easier around our own homes.

In the garden there are several things we can do:-

Remember metaldehyde slug pellets can kill – try alternatives or pick up dead slugs and snails before the hedgehogs get to them.

Keep all netting a foot above the ground to allow hedgehogs to get under it and not get stuck.

Provide escape routes from ponds and provide a shallow dish of water for all wildlife.

Cover drain holes to stop them becoming blocked by hedgehogs and leaves.

When using wood preservative protect the bottom 18 inches of fences and sheds from hedgehogs who love to lick it but are then poisoned

Out and about - collect and discard the elastic bands left by postmen that can entrap a hedgehog. Also be aware the plastic rings to carry cans can also be a hazard.

Hedgehogs come out at night so if you see one in daylight it is probably sick – for advice or the telephone number of a local carer ring 01584 890801. www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk


Click HERE for a poster. Clock HERE for a cartoon.



Birdwatching Events


New to Birdwatching or just want to hone your skills? Click HERE for interesting days out at Old Stenningford Farm. Next one is on April 24th but there are plenty more - see the bottom of the notice.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Friday 22nd April – Ure Bank.

Saturday 30th April – Jacob Smith Park


Please reply direct to Sam at sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk if you can help on either or both of these events.

The two sessions planned for April are to help the trees we planted last year at Jacob Smith Park and Ure Bank to thrive. Clearing away competing vegetation

and re-staking and guarding where necessary will ensure much higher rates of survival.

As always if you are planning on coming along please let me know.


Friday 22nd April – Ure Bank.

Meeting at the car park at the end of Ure Bank Terrace at 10am we will be carrying out tree aftercare on the two areas we planted last year. We will be working till about 2pm so bring food and a drink. I can also pick up in Harrogate or Knaresborough by arrangement.


Saturday 30th April – Jacob Smith Park

Working with the Friends of Jaocb Smith Park we will be meeting at 10:00 at the entrance to the park off Scriven Road. Working till about 1pm we will not only be clearing around the trees we planted last year but also removing guards from older planting where the trees

have outgrown the guards and they are starting to restrict the growth of the trees.


I hope to see you soon.


Sam Walker Countryside Ranger



This Easter the spring events are beginning at Studfold. Click HERE for their programme.


For Family Days Out in North Yorkshire...

An adventure trail that will fascinate, challenge and delight! A magical outdoor experience with many secret places to discover! The scent of the wild flower meadow, the sound of a passing dragonfly, the birdsong and gentle breeze through the woodland trees...welcome to Studfold. Situated in Upper Nidderdale, a beautiful Yorkshire Dale, it's the perfect setting for family days out in North Yorkshire, offering fun, fresh air and adventure. Click HERE for their website.


Early notice - HDBAG will be there as usual with a

bug hunt on Saturday 23rd July 2016



Curlew Appeal 12th March 2016

In support of the BTO Curlew Appeal the Nidderdale Bird Group are holding a fund raising event at the Glasshouses Methodist Church, Broadbelt Hall (HG3 5QY) on Saturday 12th March. Please click here to see the attachment for details on how you can help.

For BTO click HERE


Bird Ringing Sunday 21st February



The East Dales Ringing Group will be ringing and recording birds caught at RHS Harlow Carr this Sunday 21st February (WEATHER PERMITTING).

Normal entry fees to RHS Harlow Carr applies, open 9.30 - 4 with last entry to gardens at 3.

An opportunity to get close to and fully appreciate birds normally seen at a distance.



HGBAG AGM March 12th 2016

You are invited to our 2016 Annual General Meeting which is being held at Horticap on Saturday 12th March. Please click HERE to see our flyer for details.

Also attached is our 2016 membership form which includes details of what HDBAG is about. Click HERE for the membership form.


NB remember to read our latest Newsletter


16th February 2016

Friends of Valley Gardens with the help of Harrogate Borough Council will be putting up bird boxes on Tuesday 16th February at 10am. All welcome to watch this National Bird Box Week event. Click here for a poster.

Or visit their website www.friendsofvalleygardens.co.uk


Message from Buglife about B-lines:

Click HERE for the latest B-Lines update. which provides a brief summary of work over the past few months. Further information will continue to be added onto the website B-Lines | Buglife, and please keep an eye on our interactive B-Lines map to see how the B-Lines develop. We are currently working on some very exciting expansions to the B-Lines work and will update you about this on our webpages.


Wednesday 27th January

Late reminder!

The Dales and Uplands:can the natural wildlife survive. Talk by Colin Slator at HDNS meeting Wednesday 27th January. St Robert's Centre , Robert Street, Harrogate. Visitors £3 Members Free


RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

30th to 31st January 2016

Join in the fun of seeing just how many different species of birds use your garden. For just one hour sit at your window and note everything you see. Go to the RSPB website to download a handy identi-kit and then upload your results.



BBC radio 4 - Gardeners Question time

January 17th 2016

BBC Radio 4’s regular Gardener’s Question Time program visits many gardens. The episode broadcast on Sunday 17th January was recorded at RHS Harlow Carr here in Harrogate. As well as listening to our own committee member Andrew Willock you can hear curator Paul Cook talking about the benefits of wildlife friendly lawns comprising self heal, primroses and ox-eye daisies.

Go to bbc iplayer to catch up.




WHAT WAS ON in 2015


Sunday 23rd August 2015

Nosterfield Open Day

Lower Ure Conservation Trust is a small charity but with big successes; working hard to promote and support our local wildlife, whilst thinking big landscape scale. We manage Nosterfield Local Nature Reserve, generally acknowledged as North Yorkshire’s premier wetland grassland nature reserve.

We are holding an Open Day at Nosterfield NR – on Sunday August 23rd 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

Click HERE for details


Sunday 16th August

Allotment show in the Valley Gardens


What's on in July 2015


Saturday 15th July


Bug HUnting at Studfold Farm . Click HERE for full details and how to get there. We have a stand - come and say hello!!


Saturday 4th July 9 – 11am

Annual Moth Morning 2015


Sawley nr Ripon

with moth expert Jill Warwick

Click HERE


What's on in June 2015

Do not forget WildArt see below


Balsam Bash in Valley Gardens

Sunday 7th June 10 -12.

Click HERE for details


What's on in May this year


Hedgehog Awareness Week

3rd - 9th May

Hedgehogs need to build up their body weight after a winter hibernation so any water and food such as meal worms or dog food that you can leave out will be most welcome but remember NO bread and milk. Hedgehogs cover a mile and a half each night and easy access into our gardens is a plus - so if you have solid walls and fences do make sure there are a couple of 4 inch square holes somewhere at ground level where they can come and go. Of course slug pellets, pesticides and liquids such as wood preservative are poison to them - no wonder their numbers are in decline with so many hazards around. Our local expert and adviser is Theresa Marshall on 01423 504186.

Click HERE for information


May is the month when nature springs into bloom and

with luck the weather will be kind to

those who venture forth to be part of it.


3rd May 2015

From 10 - 4 at Nidd Gorge the Woodland Trust invites you to see 'Nature's Spring Fireworks'.

Meet in the car park off the B6165 Ripley Road

and then find and I.D. flowers and catkins in the Nidd Gorge.

Click HERE for information


Sunday 17th May 2015

High Batts Nature Reserve are holding their annual open day from 10 - 4. Moths, bird ringing, beekeeping and live bats

are just some of the items on their program.

Sorry but NO dogs allowed at this event.

Click HERE for information


Wednesday 27th May 2015

HDBAG is joining forces with Bilton Conservation Group

to present 'Dip into Nature' at Harrogate Library

from 2.15 - 3.30pm. This is a half term event for 7 - 11 year olds. Tickets at £1 per child need to be purchased from Harrogate Library.

Click HERE for information


.......and don't forget:

Wild Card Art

1 April – 19 June 2015

HDBAG and Harrogate in Bloom are holding a Wild Card Art competition. Entry cards are available at your local library or email us at biodiversityaction@gmail.com and we will send one to you.

Choose some words from the list on the card, make a picture using pencil, paint, crayon or collage, fill in your details and return to us at HDBAG c/o 3 Azerley Grove, Harrogate, HG3 2SY.

Entries will be judged in groups

5-10 years 11-16 years 17+ years


Prizes for each group are:

5-10years: 1st - Learn to draw animals.

2nd – Water colour paint box

3rd – Set of brush pens


11-16years: 1st – Learn to draw animals.

2nd – Sketch pad

3rd – Sketching and charcoal pencils


17+years: 1st - Wildlife painting by local artist Yvonne Elvin.

2nd - Drawing and painting animals

3rd – Watercolour pencil set.


All prize winners receive an annual membership to HDBAG

One overall winner will receive an award from Harrogate in Bloom

at their awards ceremony at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

in September 2015

The best entries will displayed at Harrogate Library from July 4th.

Click HERE for a flyer to display






Spring Gardening and Wildlife Weekend

18 - 19 April at RHS Harlow Carr.


As part of the RHS National Gardening Week which runs from 13 - 19 April, Harlow Carr will be helping visitors discover the joy of growing plants to encourage and support wildlife in your home gardens.

Admission to RHS Harlow Carr is as usual but don't forget - your 2015 HDBAG membership pack included a one time family pass to the gardens so why not use it this weekend.



MARCH 2015



Friday 27th March


This is just a quick call to arms for some tree planting at Ure Bank this Friday. So far we have five volunteers confirmed but we could really do with a few more if we are to get all 500 trees in on the day.


We will meet in the car park at the end of Ure Bank Terrace in Ripon at 10:30. I also still have one space left in my car for anyone who would like picking up from the loading bay outside the conference centre on Kings Road.

If you can make it or if you could share this notice with anyone who you think may be interested

I would be most grateful.

Sam Walker Countryside Ranger

email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk

mob: 07525 988288



Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 28th March

Pinewoods Conservation Group are holding their annual Easter Egg hunt on the recreation area.


We will be having a cake stall so if anyone can provide cakes then please bring them along.

There will be a raffle & lots of Easter Eggs to win so please come and join us.



Saturday 7th March

The Annual General Meeting of Harrogate District Biodiversity Action will be held on Saturday 7th March 2015

in the Bramall Learning Centre at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate.


A guided bird watching walk is on offer at 1330

Official AGM business will start at 1415 to be followed by a presentation from Dan McAndrew titled

'Mitigation for Biodiversity and the Planning System’

How to make informed comments on biodiversity aspects of planning applications to obtain consideration for wildlife and lessen devastation of habitat.


A panel will then answer questions relevant to the topic

but not to specific sites.





Big Garden Birdwatch

Saturday 24th January 2015

Join Starbeck in Bloom and Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group at Starbeck Library on Saturday 24th January from 10 - 12 to celebrate the RSPB' s Big Garden Bird Watch 2015.

As well as touring the park for birds to record there will also be plenty of other family activities including -

Stringing popcorn

Colouring and sticking feathers on bird pictures

A trail for little ones to find 7 hidden exotic wooden birds

hung on trees in the park

And also bird food for sale at 50p a bag.

Refreshments will be available inside in the cafe

Click HERE for a poster





High Batts are organising a talk about Estonia.

Click HERE for full details











in 2014




Saturday 18th October

Autumn Fun Day at Starbeck Library


Come and join HDBAG at this fun event and make shelters for bugs to use this winter. There will be representatives of the Library and Friends of Library there as well as Starbeck in Bloom. Andrew Jones is attending and will be presenting the HDBAG Wildlfe Friendly Award certificate

to Starbeck Library.

Click HERE for a poster about the day

or click HERE for Starbeck in Bloom poster






Some events to keep you outdoors during the last of the warmer weather- and thinking about gardening!


Sunday 7th September

Come and join HDBAG on Sunday morning from 10 – 12 to plant some wildflower plugs. Meet at the Ebor Rise entrance to Valley Gardens. Bring your gardening gloves, a trowel and your wellies.


Wednesday 10 September

Harrogate in Bloom is hosting a recording of BBC Radio 4 Gardener's Question Time on Wednesday 10 September at Pavilions of Harrogate, 5.30-8.00 pm. Tickets (£4.50) can be bought from Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, Fodder, Garden Room Flowers (Leeds Rd) and 4 Seasons (Cold Bath Road). For details click below:



Saturday 13th September

The Pinewoods Conservation Group are holding an Open Day on the recreation area in the Pinewoods, between Crag Lane and Harlow Moor Road. Click HERE for details.


11th, 12th, 13th, 14th September

Friends of Valley Gardens are holding open days at the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room in Valley Gardens as part of Heritage Open Day.

For more details click HERE to see see the poster.


Sunday 21st September

Gathering at Knaresborough Castle at 2pm to support the Green Party's plea for world leaders to raise their action on climate change.

Shan Oakes, The Green Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has organised a gathering and photo call at Knaresborough Castle on the 21/09/14 at 14.00. This is just days before world leaders meet for the UN Climate Summit, as part of the global movement, the ‘People’s Climate March’. Everyone is welcome to join in – see the event on Avaaz or 350.org websites, or just come along with or without picnic, placards or props. We hope to see you there.




Saturday 16th August


You are invited to attend our annual Moth morning on Saturday August 16th at 9.00 am. To take advantage of this opportunity to be with local expert Jill Warwick as she identifies the night's catch in a member's garden in Sawley please reply to this email for full details, and to be added to the list of attendees, email biodiversityaction@gmail.com

Sunday 17th August

11am until 3pm

Valley Gardens Allotment Show

HDBAG will be in Valley Gardens on the Sunday the17th August for the Harrogate Allotment Show. As well as being able to check out the entries for the fruit, vegetable and flower competitions in the Sun Pavilion there will be many stalls outside for you to browse between 11am and 4pm



JULY 2014


Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam is here to stay, so fear not bee keepers. However, if you want to make a little dent in the hold this plant is taking in our area here are some dates when you can join with others to fight back.


Sunday 13th July

10 - 12 in Valley Gardens with Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group. Meet at the Ebor Rise entrance off Cornwall Road. For more information click HERE.


When attending any of these events please bring gloves and wear suitable clothing to protect yourself from stinging nettles, boggy ground etc


Saturday 19th July

Pinewoods Irongate Opening. Click HERE for details


Sunday 26th July

BUG HUNT at Studfold - details later, or email biodiversityaction@gmail.com






Saturday 21st June

9.45 - 12 noon in the PInewoods. Pinewoods Conservation Group are holding a 'Charity Balsam Bash for Yorkshire Cancer Research' For details click HERE.


Sunday 28th June

9.30am at Grange Quarry. Meet on the bridge by Pets at Home and B& Q on the Skipton Road. Bilton Conservation Group are the organisers.


Remember RHS and Le Tour!

Go to the RHS page on things to plant and do for the Tour de France . Click HERE for "Turning Yorkshire Yellow!


MAY 2014



This Saturday, 24th May at 10 am, the Harlow Hill Allotment Association are holding a plant sale at their site on Beckwith Avenue. This is a chance to buy healthy plants at bargain prices.


Friday 16th May

Pond Dipping and Bat Night at

Rossett Local Nature Reserve 6.00pm

Meet at the main ponds at 6 for some pond dipping for an hour. At about 7 head back to Rossett Acre School for juice and biscuits and listen to a talk by Leslie Helliwell and see her live bats. When its starts to get dusk at about 8.30 - 9 it is back over to the Nature Reserve for a bat walk.



17th May 2014

North Harrogate Fayre at St Wilfred's Church Hall from 11 - 3. Plants for sale and information about Biodiversity


22 May 2014

Balsam bash in Valley Garden with the girl guides.

Meet at the playground at 7.30. Come and help!


29th May 2014

Harrogate Library from 10.30 - 11.30.

Making insect hotels and planting marjoram with children.



Pinewoods Conservation Group

There will be an EASTER EGG HUNT on

Saturday 12th April 2014

on the Pinewoods recreational field

Click HERE for details and for their 2014 programme.


HDBAG AGM will be held on Tuesday 25th March

7:00 to 9:30pm

Bramall Learning Centre.

RHS Harlow Carr

As well as the usual AGM procedures we will also have two very interesting guest speakers. Dr. Mark Goddard is working on the Urban Pollinators Project at Leeds University and Sam Walker is the newly appointed Countryside Ranger with the Parks Department at Harrogate Borough Council. Please see the attached leaflet for more details


Sunday March 2, 2014 1.30 – 4pm

Black Swan Inn, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR

An illustrated talk and workshop, will be held by Toni Bunnell

Course content:

* Reasons for the decline of hedgehogs in Britain

* First aid treatment for new arrivals

* Further treatment of sick or injured hedgehogs

* Caring for baby hedgehogs

* Attracting hedgehogs to your garden

* Monitoring hedgehogs in the wild

To secure a place on the course, please send a cheque for £10 (made out to ‘T. Bunnell’) to Toni Bunnell, 5 Beech Avenue, Holgate, York, YO24 4JJ

Bird Count on Killinghall Moor

Sunday 26 January 2014

11:00 - 12:30

In addition to monitoring our own gardens, HDBAG members will be observing the birds, and any other wildlife, on the southwest edge of Killinghall Moor housing estate. This area of land is classified as Lowland Heath, which is rare to Harrogate, and could be under threat if permission is granted to build 600 new homes on the proposed Penny Pot Lane site Come and Join us to learn more about this habitat, our local wildlife and the activities of HDBAG

Click HERE for a map and more details

Big Garden Birdwatch

25 - 26 January 2014

This weekend the RSPB is asking everyone to count the wildlife that is counting on you. This is the world’s largest wildlife survey. Register and receive your free guide at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Saturday 18th January - winter birds.

On Saturday 18th January - from 10am until noon - HDBAG will be joining forces with Starbeck in Bloom to celebrate our winter birds. There will be crafts and refreshments inside the library and

a bird trail round the neighbouring Belmont Park.

Good fun for the family.Come and join us!!





Click HERE for details of 'What Was On' in 2013






Biodiversity is simply the web of life on Earth

It comprises a hugely diverse range of species, genes and ecosystems