Autumn Watch weekend - details released

Published: 25/09/2011

Drewton’s Farm Shop near South Cave has linked up with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to plan a weekend of Autumn Watch-themed activities designed to enable nature lovers to explore the East Yorkshire countryside.

This follows on from a hugely successful Wildlife Safari earlier in the summer, which saw Drewton’s customers head to Bempton Cliffs near Flamborough to view the vast colonies of seabirds nesting there.

The Autumn Watch weekend will take place on Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 October, and is an exciting opportunity for customers to discover Yorkshire’s fabulous autumnal fauna and flora, as well as visiting a wildlife artist’s studio and a working farm.

Saturday’s programme begins with a hearty Yorkshire Breakfast at Drewton’s and an introduction by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Then it’s off to Yorkshire Water's Tophill Low Nature Reserve near Driffield to look out for hundreds of wildfowl including wigeon, pochard, teal, shoveler and tufted duck. Plus waders including curlew, redshank and common sandpiper with a chance of birds of prey like peregrine and marsh harrier. There is also the chance of a marsh frog, otter run and the rare greater water parsnip.

After a Drewton’s picnic lunch, it’s off to Robert Fuller’s Gallery at Thixendale for a behind-the-scenes tour and a chance to speak to the artist himself. Upon returning to Drewton’s Farm Shop, the group will enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake to round off an action-packed day.

Sunday’s programme will also begin at Drewton’s Kitchen for another hearty breakfast and an informative talk by representatives of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The venue for the morning is North Cave Wetlands, where participants will be able to spot some of the 170 different bird species that inhabit the site, including reed warblers, bunting, plovers, redshank and avocet.

After another yummy Drewton’s picnic, everyone will head to Carr House Farm near Driffield, which is the home of Side Oven Bakery. The farm supplies Drewton’s Farm Shop with its superb muesli, home-ground flour and pressed juices.

Next, the group will search areas of the 190-hectare farm for small mammals. It’s home to all manner of little creatures, including water voles (better known as Ratty from Wind in the Willows), otters and barn owls. The group will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who will be checking live capture traps used for land management. A Drewton’s cream tea is the conclusion to a busy but rewarding weekend of activities.

Katie Taylor, proprietor of Drewton’s, said: “We ran our first Wildlife Safari earlier in the summer and it sold out quickly. This time we’ve tried to make the programme even broader by giving people a chance to explore nature and see a working farm, as well as the opportunity to chat to well-known wildlife artist Robert Fuller.

“The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has worked with us closely to develop the programme, and its representatives will be sharing information with our guests throughout the course of the weekend. This is a really fun way to explore the East Yorkshire countryside and learn more about its flora and fauna at a particularly beautiful time of year.”

Tickets are priced at £40 per person, per day, and include breakfast, coach transfers, a picnic lunch, afternoon tea and entry to each of the places visited. To book, or for more information, please call 01430 42507.

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