Monday, 16 April 2012

Natural History Weekend - 'Discovering Wass' - April 27-29

You might be interested in this varied weekend of events taking place in Wass, nr Ampleforth, at the end of this month.

A programme of talks, walks and exhibits including moth specimens collected by Dr Archie Heron who lived in Wass for many years and collected daily data on the moths here.

All the events and activities are free and will take place in or start from Wass Village Hall.

For some numbers may be limited and therefore booking may be advisable.

These are indicated with *

For more information or for booking events please contact:

Tony or Linda 01347 868703 or email.


6.00pm Private Reception
6.30 Opening of exhibitions
7.00 Bat talk and walk* Mr Simon Bassindale NY Moors Ranger
7.30 Moths introduction and trapping Dr David Chesmore


10.00 Moth Talk and release of moths Dr David Chesmore from trap
11.00 ‘Birds of Wass’ talk / local walk* Mr Barry Bishop
11.00 Wass Lodge Mr Giles Scott (The architectural drawings of Stapylton Lodge, planned but never built.) 2.00 Smallholding with Shetland Sheep Mrs Heather Mundall
3.00 Flora of the roadside verges -walk* Mrs Jill Magee
7.30 Moths introduction and trapping Mr Patrick Wildgust


10.00 Moth trap checking Mr Patrick Wildgust
10.30 ‘Birds of Wass’ talk / local walk* Mr Barry Bishop
11.00 Rock and fossil show N.E Geological trust
1.00 Dragon flies Talk Mr Keith Gittens
2.00 Geology walk * Mr Mike Windle
3.00 Flora of the roadside verges-walk* Mrs Jill Magee
4.00 Closing of exhibitions

Artist in residence - Local artist Laraine Simpson works in oils, pastels, watercolours and a variety of drawing materials. She will be working as artist in residence on Saturday and Sunday to inspire us with some images of the weekend. She will also run some short workshops:

Saturday 10.30 – 11.15am Children’s art workshop*
Sunday 10.30 – 11.15am Open Workshop*
Sunday 2.00 – 2.45pm Adults workshop*

* Indicates that booking is advisable.

Children’s competition

Local schools are involving their children in a competition to produce work related to wild life. This includes drawings, stories or poems appropriate to their age. As much as possible of their work will be on display over the weekend and we will be giving small prizes to the best.

Refreshments will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 3.30pm.