Workshops and Events

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Photos by Margaret Holland

Join us over the next eighteen months to explore the wildlife and landscape of East Cleveland and learn how to improve our knowledge of local wildlife. See below our programme of events and activities. Please remember to check the website closer to the event in case of any changes to meeting times and places.

Public lecture

Friday 24th March 2017  7.30pm to 8.30pm

Loftus Town Hall, Loftus

This talk will be the third in a series of heritage talks and events for 2017 organised by Loftus Town Council. Using images and sound the talk will focus on reminiscences  of childhoods spent outdoors  around  Loftus and surrounds prior to the 1970s. It will explore favourite places, outdoor activities, hair raising adventures and memories of nature and wildlife. The talk will also explore how memories can be used to improve our knowledge of wildlife and help focus conservation work today.

Loftus Mammal Workshop

Saturday 8th April  2017  10.00am to 3.30pm

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

This  one day workshop is for people who would like to know more about the smaller mammals to be found in and around Loftus and how to record them from sightings and field signs.

The workshop will begin by checking survey traps (which will have been set by our local mammal expert the night before) and hopefully seeing some of the animals at close quarters. We will be demonstrating how to handle the animals carefully and safely before releasing them back in the wild. The workshop will then be spent as a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. These include looking for field signs, how to set survey traps and presentations to help you learn about the different mammal species.

Places are limited so please book to ensure a place. The course is suitable for those with an amateur interest. There is a small charge of £2.00 to cover costs. Bring a packed lunch. Please note that there will be some walking over rough terrain and you will need to bend close to the ground to search for signs. Dress warmly and wear footwear suitable for exploring streams.