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Cutting Edge Conservation

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Free training courses next week near Ripon on grassland conservation for biodiversity. A fantastic opportunity for anyone who can make it.

Cutting Edge Conservation is a week dedicated to creating your own meadowlands in the heart of North Yorkshire. Based in the award-winning conservation area at St John’s, Sharow, the week is for anyone, from those with a garden through to those in charge of a churchyard! The church has benefitted recently from a major restoration grant from HLF and as part of this the churchyard, rich in biodiversity is being used as a training ground for workshops and talks and demonstrations on managing meadows to enhance flora and fauna.

For details of all the events and how to book follow this link:

Given that this is only days away and there are still free places I am giving further details here. The courses are:

Monday 11th June, ‘Caring for God’s Acre‘ sharing insights and experiences with enhancing churchyards and meadow grasslands for wildlife.

Tuesday 12th, ‘Managing for Biodiversity‘ with expert ecologists to advise on the species which can benefit.

Tuesday 12th evening, a ‘Bat Talk and Walk’ with John Drewett of North Yorkshire Bat Group. “Get to know some of our fascinating nocturnal species with a talk from John Drewett, Chair of North Yorkshire Bat Group. We will then take to the churchyard to see if we can use our new-found knowledge to find some bats for ourselves!”

Thursday 14th am ‘National Moth Day, Moth Release‘ “Join Dr Charles Fletcher as we release the results of the previous night’s moth trap and discover the kinds of species we support.”

Thursday 14th,one-day ‘Scything Workshop‘ with a nationally renowned expert. “Join Steve Tomlin for a day learning about the humble scythe, the conservation tool making a big comeback across the world.” (Spaces limited for workshops but a free evening talk on scything has been arranged to accommodate a larger number of people.)

Thursday 14th evg, free evening talk on scything available for all.

On Friday 15th ‘Spring Flower Hay-Making and Hand Baling’ “Putting into practice all we’ve learnt over the week. See the scythes at work and enjoy traditional crafts across the churchyard.”



Author: Tim Burkinshaw

I work in ecology and biodiversity in North Yorkshire. I'm often found outdoors snapping nature and landscapes or spotting birds. In the garden I enjoy having my hands in the earth and striving for the perfect mix of greens and browns in my compost. As a Daddy and adopter I'm used to endless questions about the world around us, and generally have an answer up my sleeve for most things. If you spot me and my hat in real life or on social media do say hello!

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