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Welcome to the autumn update from the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership. In this edition you can see Nidderdale in ages past, find out about our work with young people, book your place on events so you can get involved as well, plus hear the latest on our wildlife conservation work.

Historical illustration of NidderdalePicture Nidderdale Through The Ages

As part of our new educational resources package, you can use our timeline to get a glimpse of what Upper Nidderdale may have looked like in the past.

We've taken the view up the dale towards Wath and Gouthwaite Reservoir and created key moments such as the last ice age with the glacier finishing where the reservoir dam now is; the arrival of Stone Age people and the beginning of clearing trees for settlements; and the Victorian period with the enclosure act bringing dry stone walls from meadow bottom to moorland top.

And for anyone with links to teaching, please explore our educational resources which are packed full with activities for primary school children.

Illustration by Rob Lees
Lime mortar trainingAutumn Heritage Skills Opportunities
We've got a few places left on our autumn heritage training events, which are open to the public:

Why lime mortar is the right way to repair your old buildings - a mini masterclass with expert Alan Gardner. Saturday 1 October 10am to 4.30pm. £10.

Practical introduction to stone masonry - led by sculptor Joe Hayton and includes working on your own carving. Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 October 9.30am to 4.30pm. £20.

Small scale charcoal burning - join Fishpond Wood owner Peter Brambleby to discover how charcoal is made from local wood. Tuesday 25 October 9.30am to 4pm. £10.

Email us to book your place now!

Photo: Training in lime mortaring
Discovering archaeologyNidd-Ology

We’ve recently created a new after-school club for Nidderdale primary school children called Nidd-Ology. The aim is simple: for children to have fun learning about their local area doing everything from archaeology to ecology. They’ll learn how dry stone walls are built, plant acorns, go bird watching and discover why bees and flowers like each other so much.

Our hope is that Nidd-Ology will help to educate and empower Nidderdale’s young people to be custodians of the landscape and to really appreciate where they live.

Photo: Never too young to start to become an archaeologist

Remains of Lodge VillageHeritage Forum

Join us on Saturday 8 October at Lofthouse for our annual Heritage Forum, this year focusing on how the construction of Scar House reservoir led to the loss of Lodge Village - and our efforts to tell the story of this remote place and the people who lived there.

Includes a review of the 2016 Big Dig from archaeologist Jim Brightman and a site visit to see Lodge for yourself.

£7.50 including refreshments and buffet lunch. Book online or call us on 01432 712950.

Photo: Remains of Lodge Village

Creating wader scrapesImproving Wading Bird Habitat

This autumn works are underway to create wetland areas across Upper Nidderdale that will provide habitat for birds such as curlew and lapwing. This is particularly important for wading birds such as these because it is where their chicks will probe for food next spring.

We're working with local farmers and land managers to create a series of wet scrapes - mini ponds which will have borders of soft mud during the wetter times of year, drying out over the summer and then re-filling with water in the autumn ready for the next breeding season.

Photo: Wader scrape creation

Hay timeOur Film and Your Photos

If you haven't seen it yet, don't forget to watch our Upper Nidderdale film, showing off some of the dale's most beautiful spots and highlighting our work.

Plus you could get your own view of the area published on the Upper Nidderdale website through our Photo of the Month page. Thanks to Fiona Ewbank for sending this wonderful picture of hay making, which was our latest photo of the month.

Photo: 'Watching how it's done' - hay making at Intake Farm courtesy of Fiona Ewbank 
About the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership

The Landscape Partnership is a £1.8 million scheme for Upper Nidderdale, funded mainly through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Launched in summer 2014, it will run through to July 2018 with two main aims:
  • to conserve and enhance Upper Nidderdale’s wildlife habitats and historic environment;
  • to enable people to find out, enjoy and get involved in looking after this fantastic heritage.
Get in touch:
Nidderdale AONB, The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5LE
T: 01423 712950

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