Summer walks: Hagg Wood, Wednesday 24th August in the afternoon

Posted on 25th August 2016

We started by sitting in the sun looking at some old maps of the wood from 1853 to 1950 and discussing the changes in tracks and fencing of boundaries. Even though the wood looks wild to us there are layers

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Woodland Investigator: Tuesday 2nd August

Posted on 10th August 2016

A second all-day workshop with local 8 year-olds based at the fantastic Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove.



This time I brought a microscope with me, which most children hadn’t used before, and we looked at a seed from Goosegrass to

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Woodland Explorer: Tuesday 26 July

Posted on 30th July 2016

Today was based at the amazing Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove, forming part of their summer activities for eight year old children in the area.

We started the day with a great game to get to know everyone’s names. It was genuinely a great

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Summer walks: Clarkson’s Wood, Sunday 24th July in the afternoon

Posted on 28th July 2016

The first of our woodland walks started with us all congregating on the corner of Cleveland Street in Liverton Mines, a place that didn’t exist in 1853; we looked at maps of the area from 1853, 1893 and 1913…then off

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Investigating Nature Diaries and Journals, Saturday 16th July

Posted on 19th July 2016

When we were planning this project Kate thought it would be a great idea to get some inspiration from nature diarists of the past…she was so right. Off we set on a minibus to the Great North Museum in Newcastle

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Botanical Field Sketching, Tuesday 21st June

Posted on 23rd June 2016

Today’s workshop was hosted by the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove, which if you go and visit you will see where we sketched from looking out over into the valley (pics later) and that would be just like when

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Photographing woodland ecosystems, Wednesday 15th JUNE in the evening

Posted on 16th June 2016

When writing the grant, we planned a lovely summer evening photographing all the summer-flowering woodland wildflowers and trees in the summertime. I checked to see if all the summer wildflowers and summer trees in summer were there the day before

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Botanical Field Sketching, Saturday 11th June

Posted on 12th June 2016

This time we were in the Saltburn Valley Gardens Woodland Centre with lots of people who had never drawn anything since they left school. So, I cheerfully handed out lots of complicated looking wildflowers in a caring/sharing way and said

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Botanical Field Sketching, Sunday 5th June

Posted on 7th June 2016

I was just about to start our first sketching workshop when suddenly, through the open doors of the Wildlife Trust HQ at Margrove, there was the sound of a bird making a noise like a fire alarm. This distracted me into

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