Events


Below is a list of our planned events.

From webinars to site visits, we hope you’ll find the events that we organise useful. Although we’ll tweet, post news items, and send updates by email, remember to also check back here regularly for the current list.

We record all of our webinars, so to view any that you’ve missed, click here.

If you have a topic that you know well, and are comfortable presenting, and you would like to offer it as a webinar, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you.


It’s time to get your diaries out!

Our Summer Site Visits are back for a third year, and we think it’s our most varied and exciting programme yet.  We have an inspiring array of rewilding sites for you to visit; from wetlands to wildflower meadows, beaver ponds and country estates to community projects and urban gardens.

We know you appreciate just how valuable it is to experience places that are being rewilded and to meet the people behind them.  We are very grateful to all the individuals and organisations who have kindly offered to show you around their patch. The site visits also offer a fantastic opportunity to chat and share knowledge with other rewilding enthusiasts.

This year the visits run from April to September.  Up first are:

  • Saturday, April 20th – North York Moors Garden
  • Sunday, May 19th – Leeds community land
  • Tuesday, May 21st – University of York Campus

More information about each of these can be found below.

To view the whole programme on Eventbrite and to book a place on specific events, please click here.

To secure your place you will be asked for a donation to the Yorkshire Rewilding Network. This can be as little as £1…but we hope that you will support rewilding in Yorkshire and give more if you are able. Thank you, it is appreciated.

Places are limited, so please make a separate booking for each person who will be attending. Once you’ve booked, you’ll be sent full details and directions via Eventbrite about a week before the event.

We’re adding more sites all the time so do keep checking our Eventbrite page so you don’t miss out!

We hope you enjoy your visit(s) and the chance to share the positivity of rewilding.

With wild wishes from the Yorkshire Rewilding Network team.


Image credit:  Richard Blindell

Tour this special south-facing, sloping garden of nearly an acre, (including an area of woodland) on a former farm in the North York Moors National Park.

For 10 years the owners (retired ecologist and botanical enthusiast) have managed the garden with an emphasis on nature recovery, enjoying the return of many native flowers as well as a plethora of wildlife, including bats.

Visitors in spring can hope to see some of the 25 species of birds that have bred on site, including swallows in the various old barns. The garden pond is full of newts and there’s an abundance of insects, including up to 20 species of butterflies.

The tour will last around an hour with an opportunity to ask questions, followed by tea and cake and a chance to network with other rewilders.

For more details and to book please click here.


Image credit:  Tom Jepson

YRN Committee member and community rewilder Tom Jepson will be guiding you around this special site, West Leeds Activity Centre, bursting with wildlife. In a triangle of 17 acres stretching down to the canal, the site includes around seven acres of established trees and scrub as well as flatter grassland areas, bordered by the canal, a golf course and a housing estate.

Passionate about rewilding, Tom is brimming with enthusiasm for the possibilities that the wilder parts of the site offer, both in terms of rewilding the land, and the hearts and souls of the young people who come to the centre. Learn about their work to develop wildflower meadows and ponds but also about how they are rewilding the youngsters that use the site.

There will be a tour first and then time for chats around the firepit and please feel free to bring your own refreshment/ lunch to enjoy.

For more details and to book please click here.


This is an amazing oppotunity to visit a rewilding site at the University of York. Development began on Heslington East campus in 2008 and key to their plan was to increase the biodiversity of the site through the creation of a mosaic of different habitats which included water, woodland and wildflower meadows.

A key characteristic of the campus today is the lakeside landscape, now home to an abundance of wildlife. The evolving, rewilding landscape here is designed not only to provide a beautiful and tranquil environment for students and employees to work and study, but a habitat capable of supporting an increasingly diverse range of animals and plants.

A highlight of any visit in late May is seeing the large colonies of both Marsh and Common Spotted Orchids which should just be coming into flower.

Children are welcome, as well as dogs on leads.

Park in the car park by Heslington Church – free after 6pm

The tour will last approx. 2 hours.

For more details and to book please click here.