Foraging and Folklore
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Foraging and Folklore

Autumn is a great time for gathering wild foods. In this inspiring workshop we will get to know and try out a range of seasonal edibles, and discover their role in the lives of humans and wildlife. Learn safe, sustainable foraging, along with some tasty and surprising recipes! We will also be joined by superb storyteller, Dougie Mackay, who will share with us traditional tales of the plants and animals in the landscape as we prepare and eat foraged food around the fire!

£30

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Winter Tree ID
Dec
1
1:30 PM13:30

Winter Tree ID

Come and explore the amazing world of trees with naturalist Dan Puplett. In this workshop you will learn how to identify a range of trees in winter and get a deeper glimpse into the secret and fascinating lives of these huge woody plants. We will also cover some folklore and ancient uses of trees.  

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Stargazing
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Stargazing

  • The Park, Findhorn Forres Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders! Learn the constellations of the winter sky, the stories that go with them and how to navigate using the stars. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy!

Get an awe-inspiring, mind-melting, glimpse into the depths of space in good company. We will also listen out for nocturnal wildlife.

Meet outside the Phoenix shop, The Park, Findhorn.

£7 (accompanied under 18s by donation)

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Trees for Life Forest Discovery Week
May
30
to Jun 6

Trees for Life Forest Discovery Week

Rewild yourself!

Trees for Life Forest Discovery Weeks provide a chance for people to understand and connect to the natural world in a meaningful way. They are an opportunity for anyone with an interest in nature to immerse themselves in the wild Highlands and learn the skills such as tracking, foraging and identification. Learning these nature awareness skills helps us to see the wild world in a new way and can enrich our lives wherever we may live.

During the course of this fun and eye-opening week participants will have time to really immerse themselves in nature as well as sharing the company of other nature enthusiasts!

There will also be free time so that you can relax, wander, explore and cultivate your own connection to nature at your own pace.

Join the adventure! Find out more and book here.

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Rewild Yourself! Everyday Nature Connection
Oct
6
10:30 AM10:30

Rewild Yourself! Everyday Nature Connection

We're hardwired for nature connection. But in the modern world it's easy to feel distant from nature - not good for us or the planet.

The good news is that there are things that all of us can do to deepen our connection to the natural world on a daily basis. In this fun workshop we will explore some simple and powerful tools that anyone can use to rekindled their connection to the wild in the blink of an eye, leading to a deeper sense of wellbeing and kinship.

We will explore:

  • Expanding the senses

  • The Sit Spot

  • Story of the Day

  • Nature connection games and practices

  • The Art of Questioning

  • Gratitude in nature

  • And more . . .

£25 (accompanied under 18s by donation)

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Wildlife Tracks and Signs
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Wildlife Tracks and Signs

Get a glimpse into the hidden lives of wildlife by learning to read the tracks and signs they leave behind.

On this workshop you will learn:

  • Track identification, including detailed ID tips for footprints of a range of mammals and birds.

  • Recognising and reading signs such as dens, scat, feeding sign, feathers and bones.

  • Track and sign interpretation: how to piece together the evidence you find to reveal the story of what’s been happening in the woods.

This workshop is suitable for ecologists, outdoor educators, as well as nature enthusiasts wanting to enrich their time in the woods. 

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Stargazing
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Stargazing

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders! Learn the constellations of the winter sky, the stories that go with them and how to navigate using the stars. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy!

Get an awe-inspiring, mind-melting, glimpse into the depths of space in good company. We will also listen out for nocturnal wildlife.

Meet outside the Phoenix shop, The Park, Findhorn.

£7 (accompanied under 18s by donation)

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Wildlife Tracking
Aug
23
to Aug 26

Wildlife Tracking

  • Castle Head Field Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will look in detail at track and sign left by a range of birds, mammals, herptiles and invertebrates. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns.

You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world. We will explore how tracking can enhance our understanding of the wider ecosystem by drawing upon many different aspects of natural history.

During the weekend we will cover:

  • Track identification methods

  • Sign recognition – (including feeding sign, footprints, droppings etc)

  • Gait interpretation and reading animal behaviour

  • Ecology through the lens of tracking

  • Observation, deduction and sensory awareness exercises

  • Track traps, tracing and casts

  • Trailing and wildlife observation

  • Identifying and analysing skulls, bones and feathers

  • Understanding foot morphology

  • Interpreting bird calls and behaviour as an aid to tracking

  • Mapping and journaling

For more info and bookings go to Field Studies Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bushcraft Course (2 Day Overnight)
Jul
22
to Jul 23

Bushcraft Course (2 Day Overnight)

Enrich your experience of the great outdoors! 

On this two-day residential bushcraft course you will learn some essential wilderness skills that can help you survive and thrive in the woods. You will also get to know some of the fantastic wildlife of Moray!

Course Content: Fire Skills - Campfire Cooking - Shelter Building - Natural Cordage - Tool Use - Wild Food Foraging - Wildlife Tracking

Book and find out more at ACE Adventures

 

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Summer Tree ID
Jul
21
1:30 PM13:30

Summer Tree ID

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Come and explore the amazing world of trees. In this workshop we will look at how to identify a range of trees and get a deeper glimpse into the secret and fascinating lives of these huge woody plants. You will also be able to get hands-on and discover some ancient tree uses!

£20

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Tracking and Nature Awareness
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Tracking and Nature Awareness

  • Centre for Stewardship, Falkland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tracking is an ancient skill that is still relevant in the modern world. It is useful in conservation, outdoor education and more, as well as deepening our connection to nature and developing faculties such as deduction, observation and intuition. It teaches us to observe fine details as well as landscape scale patterns and is a gateway into learning more about nature and becoming more aware in our daily lives. When we start solving a tracking mystery in a footprint, we soon find ourselves discovering more about birds, trees, plants, weather, insects and more . . .


In this workshop will cover some of the key skills to develop your tracking ability:

  • Identifying and interpreting wildlife tracks and signs

  • Aging track and sign

  • Ecological tracking – reading the landscape

  • Bird language; interpreting bird calls and behaviour

  • Bones, skulls and feathers

  • Sharpening the senses and observation skills

  • Tracking games and activities for educators

  • Citizen science: tracking and conservation

  • Tracking and nature connection

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in nature and wildlife including outdoor educators, conservationists and bushcrafters as well as anyone simply wanting to deepen their understanding of the natural world.

£120 (£100 for members of the Institute for Outdoor Learning) Book here!

Practical arrangements

This course is self-catering and accommodation is not included. Camping and B&Bs are available very nearby. 


Dan Puplett is a naturalist, outdoor educator and wildlife tracker who has had a passion for wildlife from an early age. He has extensive experience of tracking and has a certificate in Track and Sign (98%) from Cybertracker (the rigorous, internationally recognised standard for certifying trackers). He has been involved in a wide range of conservation projects and has assisted in leading wolf and lynx tracking surveys in Slovakia. 


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Essential Bushcraft
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Essential Bushcraft

Do you love spending time outdoors, but want know how to feel truly at home in nature?

Bushcraft is the art of thriving in wild places. This ancient set of skills has been passed down for countless generations and gives us a sense of resilience and confidence when out in nature. Bushcraft also develops our sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world.

Whether you're a wilderness enthusiast or simply want to have a fun time in the local woods with your family, this workshop is packed full of skills and tips including:

  • Shelter building

  • Firelighting

  • Natural cordage

  • Wild food

  • Natural navigation

  • Safe tool use

  • Tracking

£30 per person (accompanied under 16s £10)

Booking via the Moray Walking Festival

Dan started practicing bushcraft at the age of 10. He loves how bushcraft helps people of all ages to deepen their understanding and respect for nature as well as it being grea fun! He has the NCFE Level 3 Advanced Bushcraft Award.

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Wildlife Tracking and Bird Language
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Wildlife Tracking and Bird Language

Join a certified wildlife tracker on this wildlife walk exploring the fascinating world of woodland birds and animals and the many clues they leave behind. Learning to track gives us a glimpse into the secret lives of the wildlife around us. You will also learn to identify bird calls, and when we add to this ‘bird language’ – the art of interpreting bird calls and behaviour – a whole new world opens up! Learn how to spot owls, sparrowhawks and more by paying close attention to what other birds are up to. Experience an eye-opening exploration and bring out the Sherlock Holmes in you as we piece together the evidence on this wildlife detective walk!

Bring: Binoculars (optional) 

Book via Moray Walking Festival

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Trees for Life Forest Discovery Week
Jun
1
to Jun 8

Trees for Life Forest Discovery Week

Rewild yourself!

Trees for Life Forest Discovery Weeks provide a chance for people to understand and connect to the natural world in a meaningful way. They are an opportunity for anyone with an interest in nature to immerse themselves in the wild Highlands and learn the skills such as tracking, foraging and identification. Learning these nature awareness skills helps us to see the wild world in a new way and can enrich our lives wherever we may live.

During the course of this fun and eye-opening week participants will have time to really immerse themselves in nature as well as sharing the company of other nature enthusiasts!

There will also be free time so that you can relax, wander, explore and cultivate your own connection to nature at your own pace.

Join the adventure! Find out more and book here.

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Skulls, Bones and Feathers
May
26
1:30 PM13:30

Skulls, Bones and Feathers

If you enjoy spending time out in nature the chances are you will come across feathers and animal bones, and be curious to find out more about them. In this workshop you will learn how to identify a range of skulls, bones and feathers. We will also look at how to work out where on the animal they came from and even what they can tell us about the animal’s state of health, age and more.

£20

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Bird Songs and Calls
May
26
9:30 AM09:30

Bird Songs and Calls

Spring is a fantastic time for birdsong, although many people feel overwhelmed when trying to tell one bird from another. In this workshop you will learn how to confidently identify the songs of a range of birds. We will also explore how to interpret other kinds of bird calls including alarms. Reading ‘bird language’ as this is known, helps us to spot more wildlife and deepens our connection to nature.

£20

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Spring Foraging
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Spring Foraging

Would you like to discover more wild foods but want to be sure you do it safely?

Spring is a great time for foraging. Many greens and flowers are abundant, and bursting with flavour and vitality. Learn about our amazing wild plants and how to harvest them safely and sustainably, with a sense of respect for the wider environment. Discover some fantastic, free ingredients and recipes for salads, cooked dishes and wild teas! We will also explore the role wild plants have played in the lives of people and wildlife for countless generations.

Dan has studied wild plants from a young age and has spent time learning ancient plant uses from his foraging mentor, wild food expert, the late Professor Gordon Hillman (co-author of Wild Food with Ray Mears).

£30 per person.

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Bird Identification - Songs and Calls
May
10
to May 13

Bird Identification - Songs and Calls

  • Castle Hill Field Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will cover a variety of ways to accurately identify birds with an emphasis on recognising songs and other types of call. We will also cover some visual ID and you will learn to interpret bird behaviour and calls as an effective way to discover what other wildlife is around.

For info and bookings visit Field Studies Council

 

 

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Scottish Badger Week Launch - Tracking Workshop
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish Badger Week Launch - Tracking Workshop

  • Scottish Wildlife Trust - Falls of Clyde (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join tracking expert Dan Puplett for a fascinating session discovering how to track wildlife! Get tips on everything from identifying skulls to deciphering field signs of mammals, birds and more! Choose a morning (10am-12noon) or afternoon (3pm-5pm) slot for the outdoor element, with everyone coming together for the main talk from 1-3pm. The event is aimed at adults but children 10+ years with an interest in the subject are welcome to attend. Booking essential. Entry by donation online or at the door. Suggested donation £10.00 per person. If you prefer to pay a cash donation at the door, simply select this payment method from the dropdown menu at the checkout.

This event is the launch event for Scottish Badger Week 2019 - a partnership between Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust, sponsored by Siemens.

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Bird Language
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Bird Language

Bird Language

Bird language is an ancient skill, closely related to tracking. Birds are constantly aware of everything they need in their environment to survive. We can learn to tune in to their calls and behaviour, deepening our nature connection and helping us to have closer encounters with birds and other wildlife.

Learn how to:

·      Sharpen your senses and observation skills

·      Understand bird behaviour and the wider ecology in your area

·      Identify some common bird calls

·      Spot tawny owls, sparrowhawks, foxes and other predators using bird language

·      Recognise the ‘five voices’ of the birds

·      Develop quiet, alert attention while out in nature

·      Reduce your ‘ripples of disturbance’ as you move through the landscape

·      Deepen your nature connection

Learning bird language is for anyone who loves the natural world; no experience is necessary. Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned nature enthusiast or expert, there is always more to discover!

£45 Book here!

 

 

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Edinburgh Science Festival - Tracks and Signs Workshop
Apr
13
2:00 PM14:00

Edinburgh Science Festival - Tracks and Signs Workshop

In the spirit of exploration we are bringing wilderness skills to urban Edinburgh. Join wildlife tracker Dan Puplett for a fascinating workshop discovering how you can make sense of the signs all around you. Explore the hidden world of elusive animals, learn how to use all your senses, and practice tracking in the city's green spaces. Please dress appropriately for this outdoor event including sensible footwear and waterproof clothing.

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Bird Language
Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

Bird Language

Bird Language

Bird language is an ancient skill, closely related to tracking. Birds are constantly aware of everything they need in their environment to survive. We can learn to tune in to their calls and behaviour, deepening our nature connection and helping us to have closer encounters with birds and other wildlife.

Learn how to:

·      Sharpen your senses and observation skills

·      Understand bird behaviour and the wider ecology in your area

·      Identify some common bird calls

·      Spot tawny owls, sparrowhawks, foxes and other predators using bird language

·      Recognise the ‘five voices’ of the birds

·      Develop quiet, alert attention while out in nature

·      Reduce your ‘ripples of disturbance’ as you move through the landscape

·      Deepen your nature connection

Learning bird language is for anyone who loves the natural world; no experience is necessary. Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned nature enthusiast or expert, there is always more to discover!

£50 Book here!

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Tracking: 1 Day intensive
Apr
9
9:30 AM09:30

Tracking: 1 Day intensive

Tracking is as old as humanity itself and is hard-wired into us. Learning to track can be seen as a combination of learning and remembering. It hones some key abilities including observation, deduction, intuition and more.

During this fun and eye-opening workshop we will cover

  • Track identification methods

  • Sign recognition – (including feeding sign, footprints, droppings etc)

  • Gait interpretation and reading animal behaviour

  • Ecology through the lens of tracking

  • Observation, deduction and sensory awareness exercises

  • Trailing

  • Understanding foot morphology

  • Tracking and nature connection

£50

For more info and bookings please get in touch.

Dan Puplett is a naturalist, conservationist and nature connection mentor who has had a passion for nature from an early age. He has a certificate in Track & Sign (98%) from Cybertracker, which is the international standard for certifying trackers, and has been studying tracking and bird language intensively for over 16 years. He has also staffed multiple Art of Mentoring weeks and is an instructor for Jon Young’s Kamana Naturalist Training Programme. 

 

 

 

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Fire Skills
Mar
9
10:30 AM10:30

Fire Skills

Could you get a fire going if you really needed to and only had one match . . . or no matches at all?

Firelighting is an ancient, useful and rewarding bushcraft skill. There's nothing like sitting around a fire, sharing food and stories with friends. And there's nothing like having the skills and confidence to light a fire in all kinds of weather!

On this fun workshop you will have a chance to learn some key firelighting skills using a range of techniques, including the Egyptian bowdrill - one of the easier friction methods. We will also cover fires for different situations, some simple and tasty campfire cooking, and leave-no-trace practice.

£35 (including materials)

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Stargazing
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Stargazing

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders! Learn the constellations of the winter sky, the stories that go with them and how to navigate using the stars. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy!

Get an awe-inspiring, mind-melting, glimpse into the depths of space in good company. We will also listen out for nocturnal wildlife.

Meet outside the Phoenix shop, The Park, Findhorn.

£7 (accompanied under 18s by donation)

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Tracking Club
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club

The Tracking Club is a friendly, informal place to learn tracking skills and immerse yourself in nature. Have fun honing those CSI skills, solving wildlife mysteries and hanging out with like-minded people!

No walk in the woods (or beach) will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience. No membership needed.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep

  • Identify tracks and signs, including footprints, feeding sign and scat

  • Interpret animal behaviour

  • Gain wildlife survey skills

  • Learn how you can protect local wildlife

  • Switch on your senses

  • Get muddy knees (optional)

Warning: Tracking is highly addictive!        

£12 per adult - Accompanied under 18s by donation

To book just drop us a line or call 07952 679640.

 

 

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Winter Tree ID
Feb
9
1:30 PM13:30

Winter Tree ID

Come and explore the amazing world of trees with naturalist Dan Puplett. In this workshop you will learn how to identify a range of trees in winter and get a deeper glimpse into the secret and fascinating lives of these huge woody plants. We will also cover some folklore and ancient uses of trees.   £20

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Stargazing
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Stargazing

  • The Park, Findhorn Forres Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders! Learn the constellations of the winter sky, the stories that go with them and how to navigate using the stars. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy!

Get an awe-inspiring, mind-melting, glimpse into the depths of space in good company. We will also listen out for nocturnal wildlife.

Meet outside the Phoenix shop, The Park, Findhorn.

£7 (accompanied under 16s by donation)

To book just get in touch

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Stargazing
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Stargazing

  • The Park, Findhorn Forres Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders! Learn the constellations of the winter sky, the stories that go with them and how to navigate using the stars. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy!

Get an awe-inspiring, mind-melting, glimpse into the depths of space in good company. We will also listen out for nocturnal wildlife.

Meet outside the Phoenix shop, The Park, Findhorn.

£7 (accompanied under 18s by donation)

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Jan
26
1:30 PM13:30

Garden Bird ID (Free event!)

Gardens are an important refuge for wildlife, and many people have feeders to help support our feathered friends. Another way in which we can help is by recording the birds we see.

Organisations such as RSPB and British Trust for Ornithology rely on records given by members of the public to help keep their finger on the pulse of bird populations over the years. The RSPB’s 40th annual Big Garden Birdwatch is coming up on 26-28th January.

To help get your eye in I am offering a FREE Garden Bird ID workshop on January 26th.

We will look at key identification features of a range of garden birds and also get a glimpse into the fascinating hidden lives of these amazing animals (over a nice cup of tea).

Booking essential 07952 679640

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Tracking Club
Dec
9
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club

The Tracking Club is a friendly, informal place to learn tracking skills and immerse yourself in nature. Have fun honing those CSI skills, solving wildlife mysteries and hanging out with like-minded people! No walk in the woods (or beach) will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep

  • Identify tracks and signs, including footprints, feeding sign and scat

  • Interpret animal behaviour

  • Gain wildlife survey skills

  • Learn how you can protect local wildlife

  • Switch on your senses

  • Get muddy knees (optional)

Warning: Tracking is highly addictive!        

£12 per adult - Accompanied under 18s by donation

To book just drop us a line or call 07952 679640.

 

 

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Stargazing
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Stargazing

  • The Park, Findhorn Forres Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders! Learn the constellations of the winter sky, the stories that go with them and how to navigate using the stars. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy!

Get an awe-inspiring, mind-melting, glimpse into the depths of space in good company. We will also listen out for nocturnal wildlife.

Meet outside the Phoenix shop, The Park, Findhorn.

£7 (accompanied under 16s by donation)

To book just get in touch

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Winter Tree ID
Dec
2
1:30 PM13:30

Winter Tree ID

Come and explore the amazing world of trees with naturalist Dan Puplett. In this workshop you will learn how to identify a range of trees in winter and get a deeper glimpse into the secret and fascinating lives of these huge woody plants. We will also cover some folklore and ancient uses of trees.   £20

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