Spring Foraging
May
6
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 Professor Gordon Hillman (co-author of Wild Food with Ray Mears).

£30 per person.

To book just get in touch.

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Tracking Club - Exploring the River Findhorn
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club - Exploring the River Findhorn

  • (Meeting at) Marcassie Farm Rafford Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep
  • Identify tracks and signs
  • 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 16s by donation

To book just drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Bird Language and Nature Awareness
May
25
to May 28

Bird Language and Nature Awareness

Reading ‘bird language' is the ancient art of interpreting bird calls and behaviour, and is closely related to tracking. We will discover how interpreting bird vocalisations can help us become much more aware of what is happening in the wider landscape. We will also use a range of tools to hone our nature awareness and become more observant naturalists.

For info and bookings visit Field Studies Council

 

 

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Tremendous Trees - Summer Tree ID
Jun
9
1:30 PM13:30

Tremendous Trees - 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!

£15 per adult (accompanied under 16s by donation)

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Essential Bushcraft
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Essential Bushcraft

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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 through the Moray Way Association

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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Rewild Yourself! Everyday Nature Connection
Jun
30
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 16s by donation)

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Wildlife Tracking
Aug
10
to Aug 13

Wildlife Tracking

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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Night Skies – Autumn Stargazing
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Night Skies – Autumn Stargazing

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders! Learn the constellations of the autumn 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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Autumn Foraging
Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

Autumn Foraging

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!

£30 (accompanied under 16s by donation)

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Tracking Club
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club

  • (Meeting at) Marcassie Farm Rafford Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep
  • Identify tracks and signs
  • 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 16s by donation

To book just drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

Branching Out - Into the Woods for Wellbeing!

INTO THE WOODS FOR
WELLBEING!
Branching Out North Aberdeenshire
Runs Thursdays 12-3pm from 22nd March to 31st May 2018

Transport from Huntly available
Award Ceremony: 14th June 2018

  •  Take regular time to experience winter turning into spring, & breathe fresh air
  • Develop primitive fire-lighting skills & gently exercise with woodland crafts,
  • conservation activities and forest walks
  •  Enjoy the company of like-minded folk, & share lunch around a fire
  •  Gain new knowledge & skills
  • Maintain & improve your physical & mental health by having fun with others out in the woods.

Thousands of people around Scotland have enjoyed Branching Out – now it's your turn!
If you’ve faced mental health challenges and/or are on a recovery journey from substance use, some regular time outdoors could be just the thing for you!
Bookings are essential for this programme -
which is eligible for SDS.
For applications & referral forms,
please contact Helen Moore:
helen@earthforlife.org
Or phone: 075 0494 6239

An Earth for Life programme supported by: Forestry Commission Scotland, North Aberdeenshire Drug and Alcohol Partnership and Central Aberdeenshire Drug and Alcohol Partnership

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Tracking Club
Mar
18
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club

  • (Meeting at) Marcassie Farm Rafford Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep
  • Identify tracks and signs
  • 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 16s by donation

To book just drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Fire Skills
Mar
10
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)

To book just get in touch

 

 

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Tracking Club
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club

  • (Meeting at) Marcassie Farm Rafford Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep
  • Identify tracks and signs
  • 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 16s by donation

To book just drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Feb
11
1:30 PM13:30

Tremendous Trees - Winter Tree ID

If you think trees are hard to identify in winter, think again!
Learning tree identification is a great skill for anyone with an interest in nature. It helps us to:

  • Read the hidden story in the landscape
  • Become more self-reliant in the wilderness
  • Support local wildlife
  • Enrich our time out in nature

This workshop makes tree ID easy and fun, and you'll soon be confidently identifying and appreciating trees you may have been walking past for years!

You will also learn about the role different trees have played in the lives of people and wildlife over the centuries.

£15 per person
£10 for return participants

To book just get in touch

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Tracking Club
Jan
20
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club

  • (Meeting at) Marcassie Farm Rafford Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep
  • Identify tracks and signs
  • 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 16s by donation

To book just drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Night Skies – Winter Stargazing
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Night Skies – Winter Stargazing

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

Experience an evening of astronomical wonders and night time delights. Learn the constellations of the winter sky and the stories that go with them. 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.

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Night Skies – Winter Stargazing
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Night Skies – Winter Stargazing

The nights are drawing in – so enjoy them! Experience an evening of astronomical wonders and night time delights. Learn the constellations of the winter sky and the stories that go with them. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy.

Get an awe-inspiring, mind-melting, glimpse into the depths of space . . . while enjoying tea and good company. We will also go for a short night walk and listen for nocturnal wildlife.

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Tracking Club
Dec
3
10:30 AM10:30

Tracking Club

  • (Meeting at) Marcassie Farm Rafford Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep
  • Identify tracks and signs
  • 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 16s by donation

To book just drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Winter Tree ID
Nov
19
1:30 PM13:30

Winter Tree ID

Come and explore the amazing world of trees with naturalist Dan Puplett. In this workshop we will look at 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. You will also be able to get hands-on and discover some ancient tree crafts, including how to make string from trees!

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Tracking Club
Nov
11
12:30 PM12:30

Tracking Club

  • (Meeting at) Marcassie Farm Rafford Moray (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 will ever be the same. . . All welcome, regardless of experience.

  • Get to REALLY know the wildlife on your doorstep
  • Identify tracks and signs
  • 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!        

To book just drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Night Skies – Stargazing
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Night Skies – Stargazing

The nights are drawing in – so enjoy them! Experience an evening of astronomical wonders and night time delights. Learn the constellations of the winter sky and the stories that go with them. See star clusters, nebulae and even our neighboring galaxy! 

Get an awe-inspiring glimpse into the depths of space . . . while enjoying tea and excellent cake. We will also go for a short night walk and listen for nocturnal wildlife.

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