Wildlife Encounters


Sunday 2nd to Tuesday 4th June 2024

Join us for camping and ecology experience like no other! Dr Madeline Holloway will lead 5 ecology studies over 2 days, looking at bats, birds, flora (plants) of the woodland and local area, and newts!

Package includes 2 nights camping, 2 breakfasts and 1 evening meal!

This very special event is designed for nature lovers who want to learn more about the environment around them.

Event includes:

  • 2 nights camping in the woods at Woodsworth Exploring in Oakworth, West Yorkshire
  • Five specialist sessions with Dr Madeline Holloway, leading ecologist & Chartered Environmentalist:
    • Bird walk – listen to the dawn chorus, identify the residents from the visitors and learn about why they are present
    • Woodland walk – investigate the flora and fauna around the woodland at the macro level – learn the science behind how nature works
    • Local area walk – a wider look at the ecology of the area beyond the woodland, how nature uses ecology corridors and begin the newt survey
    • Bat study – using echometers and Dr Madeline’s expertise in bat species, identify the different bats around the woodland, studying their soundwaves.
    • Newt study – a short walk to some local wetlands to conduct a study to see which if any newt species are resident.
  • Wholesome food: Two breakfasts and one dinner included in the package!

Important Note:

As part of our efforts to protect the environment, our pricing is geared to promote car sharing. Each ticket includes one carparking space, with up to 4 people per ticket. Buy multiple tickets if bringing multiple cars. Or come self propelled (no car) for the best price!

Ticket price:

Adult, no car = £80

Adult, with car = £95

Child under 16 (when bought with accompanying adult) = £30

Under 3’s = Free

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This very special event is designed for nature lovers who want to learn more about the environment around them.

Dr. Madeline Holloway is a leading ecologist, a Chartered Environmentalist, who holds a BSc, MSc, MA and a PhD in various ecology topics! Dr. Madeline will be on hand throughout your stay and has designed this event to help people focus on the wonders that nature has to offer. Dr. Madeline is specialist survey licence holder for bats, great crested newts and barn owls, whilst also being incredibly knowledgeable about birds and flora (flowers and plants).


Sunday 2nd June 2024

2pm – 7pm:  Arrival & pitch-up

Monday 3rd June 2024

5.30am: Bird walk – listen to the dawn chorus, identify the birds, learn why they’re present, which are visiting vs residents. Take a stroll through the woods with Dr Madeline Holloway, Chartered Ecologist and an expert in UK birds. This 2 hour experience is great for any nature lover, especially amateur bird watchers. Dr Madeline says: “We’ll be walking slowly through the woods, listening and looking out for the breeding and territory calls of our resident breeding birds, such as song thrush, mistle thrush and many others at this time of year. We may also catch glimpses and hear the calls of early summer migrant breeding birds, including warblers such as chiffchaffs and blackcaps just arrived in from the Mediterranean and partly south of the Sahara as well as willow warblers that have arrived from tropical Africa. Its a glorious time of year to be out early in the morning – the trees are not yet fully out so you can easily see and hear all our birds in full chorus. ” – 2 hours

8.00am: Breakfast – included – overnight oats (vegan option available)

10.00am: Woodland walk – a close up lens on the flora within the woodland

12noon: Lunch (not included)

1.30pm: Local area walk – explore the nature and ecology of the local area, looking at ecology corridors and different ecosystems. This will include study of local wetland for Greater Crested Newts.

5.00pm: Early dinner (food included) – wholesome food, with options for Vegetarians, Vegans

6.30pm: Newt survey – this will include looking at a variety of newt terrestrial (grassland, scrub and woodland) and breeding habitats (wetland and ponds). We’ll also be setting some overnight, newt-friendly, traps to catch newts so that we can see them close-up before releasing them on Tuesday morning. This will take 2-3 hours.

8.45pm: Bat Study – Begin the bat study by starting a general discussion about British bats and their behaviour. Just before sunset at 21.31 we’ll start watching out for the first bats to emerge from their day roosts. From then on we’ll catch glimpses of bats flying and will also listen out for a whole variety of bat calls using a variety of ‘bat detectors’. Bats emit a huge diversity of bat echolocation signals through which they search and capture prey and avoid collision with obstacles when flying at night. All the ‘bat detectors’ we’ll be using have been designed to pick up (and record) this diversity of bat echolocation signals, convert them into sounds that humans can hear and identify which bat species has been recorded.

Tuesday 4th June 2024

6.30am Newt study continued: Inspect all the newt traps and release newts and any other freshwater invertebrates back into the ponds. Discuss our newt survey results.

9.30am: Breakfast – included are breakfast sandwiches provided by the wonderful Millstack Cafe in Oakworth

10.15am: Local Walk to complete the Newt study

12noon: Depart



Additional information

Number of Cars

1, 0

Number of adults

1, 2, 3, 4

Number of children

0, 1, 2, 3