Events

All our talks can now be viewed after the event via our YouTube channel.

Digital TalkThe Flow: Rivers and River Life

Wild swimming at Janet’s Foss by Amy-Jane Beer

Wednesday 13 July 2022, 7.30pm (c 1 hr)

This is an opportunity for members and supporters to interact with Friends of the Dales new honorary and voluntary President, Dr Amy-Jane Beer. Drawing from her newly published book, The Flow, Amy-Jane will read a couple of extracts about Dales rivers, before talking more broadly about aquatic life and the challenges facing river systems. Bring your questions as Amy-Jane is looking forward to an interactive Q&A!

To register for a place please use the contact form. Places are limited – book early!

Walk: Stainforth and Settle Circular

Looking over the Ribble valley from above Langcliffe towards Ingleborough by Mark Corner

Saturday 6 August 2022, 10.30am – 4.30pm

A scenic seven mile walk through a section of the Ribble valley’s limestone landscape which takes in an impressive waterfall, hay meadows and a site of special scientific interest, led by Trustee, Scarlett Armstrong. The walk follows footpaths and bridle ways and whilst mainly moderate, does contain a couple of steep sections. Well behaved dogs welcome on a short lead.

To register for a place please use the contact form. Places are limited – book early!

2022 Conference: From Peat to Paddling

The River Wharfe at Ghaistrills Strid, Grassington

Saturday 24 September 2022, 1pm – 5pm, Devonshire Institute, Grassington

This year’s Conference explores the journey of the River Wharfe from Oughtershaw Beck to Ilkley − ‘from peat to paddling’. Our five speakers, which include our President, the biologist and nature writer Dr Amy-Jane Beer, Tim Thom of the Yorkshire Peat Partnership and Professor Rick Battarbee from University College London will be answering the question ‘what constitutes a healthy river’ from their unique, expert perspective. If you plan to attend the Conference and are a member, please consider booking for the AGM which takes place the same morning.

To register for a place please use the contact form. Places are limited – book early!

Talk: Wild Ingleborough

The Ingleborough landscape, courtesy of Wild Ingleborough, copyright Joseph Gray (WWF UK)

Wednesday 14 September 2022, 7.30pm (c 1 hr)

Launched in 2021, Wild Ingleborough is a multi-partner, landscape-scale conservation project aiming to create a wilder future for the Ingleborough area of the Yorkshire Dales. In this talk Ellie Parker, Community Engagement Officer for the project, will showcase the team’s ongoing work to combat the impacts of the climate crisis by; protecting fragile upland habitats, increasing the area’s biodiversity and establishing more habitats for key endangered species. In the long term Wild Ingleborough aims to become an exemplary model for nature restoration in the English uplands.

To register for a place please use the contact form. Places are limited – book early!

Walk: Wild Ingleborough

A field filled with globeflowers in the Wild Ingleborough site, copyright Andrew Parkinson (WWF UK)

Thursday 6 October 2022, 10am – 4pm

Building on her September talk, Ellie Parker, Community Engagement Officer for the Wild Ingleborough project will lead a walk around Ingleborough up to Park Fell, bringing to life the different features of the landscape that have been shaped by humans and offering insight into different wildlife habitats, why they’re there and which species they benefit. She will also point out some of the areas the project has been developing. This is a full day’s walking over moderate and steep terrain. No dogs except RAD.

To register for a place please use the contact form. Places are limited – book early!

Talk: Plastic Free Woodlands

An example of non-plastic tree guards working well in the Yorkshire Dales, photo courtesy of Mark Corner

Wednesday 19 October 2022, 4.30pm (c 1 hr)

Fifty million trees must be planted each year to counteract Britain’s contribution to climate change. Trees often need protecting from grazing animals or harsh weather conditions to become established, however without radical changes to the way we plant trees, 1.5 billion plastic tubes may end up littering the environment and damaging ecosystems by 2050. In this digital talk, with support from Mark Corner, a former Chair of the Trustees for Friends of the Dales, Mike Appleton, Plastic Free Woodlands Project Officer for Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust will talk about its ongoing project to break our reliance on plastic and find sustainable alternatives in woodland creation.

To register for a place please use the contact form. Places are limited – book early!