Volunteer Programme 2017

Places are available to join our new volunteer programme which will begin on Friday 7th April, 10am to 1pm, at Three Hagges Wood Meadow in Escrick.  This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and work on a variety of activities.  We will meet on the following dates:

Friday 7th April, 10am to 1pm

Friday 28th April

Friday 12th May

Friday 26th May

Friday 9th June

Friday 23rd June

Friday 7th July

Friday 21st July

Friday 4th August

Friday 18th August

Friday 1st September

Friday 15th September

Friday 29th September

Friday 13th October

Friday 27 October

Friday 10th November

Friday 24 November

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers please email or telephone 07517 809222. 


Events and Courses in 2017



Three Hagges Wood-Meadow Amphibian ID and Survey, Saturday 22nd April, 6.30pm to 10pm and Sunday 23rd April, 8.30am to 10am.

Join Yorkshire Amphibian and Reptile and Group (ARG) for an evening (and morning!) adventure of amphibian surveys at Hagge Woods Trust’s Three Hagges Wood-Meadow. This event will involve a brief introduction to amphibian identification followed by a practical survey session.  Surveying will involve standard techniques for newt egg searching, bottle trapping and torchlight surveys.  Please meet at 6.30pm at the meadow when members of the ARG will discuss how to identify our native amphibian’s species then move on to the pond to carryout egg searches and set bottle traps before waiting for darkness (refreshments to be available at the bodgers’ den) to undertake torchlight surveys. You are more than welcome to join us on Sunday morning to retrieve bottle traps and see what we have caught!  

We will welcome Clare and Andy McIlwraith, of Yorkshire ARG (both professional ecologists and members of Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) who each have over 15 years of amphibian and reptile survey experience. Having undertaking surveys of ponds within the local area including several years surveying ponds at Skipwith Common as part of the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) they are now keen to find out what’s present at this site and enthuse others about our wonderful native wildlife!

Please ensure you dress in clothing appropriate to the weather conditions (i.e. waterproofs etc…).  As we will be working next to ponds suitable footwear such as wellingtons would be essential in addition to a head torch for night working. There will be a limited amount of high powered torches available from the group to use during torchlight surveys however if you have a torch at home you could bring that would be helpful.  Light refreshments will be on offer. 

If you would like to join us please contact or telephone 07517 809222

Look forward to seeing you all there for fun with frogs……..and maybe some newts if we are lucky!  



Discovery Day

Saturday 1st July 2017, 1pm to 4pm, Three Hagges Wood-Meadow

Price: £5 per family, or £3 per adult (children free entry).  Book your place now.

Come and join us for an afternoon of nature exploration, learning and excitement.  Children can collect their Nature Explorer Passports as they arrive and can become official Nature Explorers by completing a number of nature challenges throughout the wood-meadow.

Come and listen to our storytellers tell stories about the environment and the wonderful creatures that depend on it.

Come and have a go at making your own Dragonfly and a bird feeder for your garden.

Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in the wood meadow.

This event is being held in conjunction with National Meadows Day, a day which celebrates the importance of meadow preservation and educating public about this important habitat which is fast disappearing.


Introduction to Grasses

Friday 14th July 2017, 10am to 4pm, Three Hagges Wood-Meadow

Price £40 per person.  Book your place now.

Have you ever struggled to identify a grass?  Not sure where to begin? If so, this introduction to the identification of grasses is for you.  We will help you unravel the seemingly impenetrable world of grasses – the Poaceae . This course will explain how to identify each species, understand why a species is what it is.  We will also learn short-cuts as to how to recognise individual species. The course will cover plant structures, identification techniques, use of keys and what habitats the individual species occur in. Use of microscopes in the class room will back up those characters that we have looked at in the field using hand lenses. Given the short duration of the course we will concentrate on the commoner and also more important members of this family and focus mainly on floral rather than vegetative characters.  By the end of the course you will be familiar with the botanical terminology that is applied to grasses, and have the skills you need to identify the species from scratch.


Small Mammal Breakfasts

Saturday 12th August and Sunday 12 August 2017, 9.30am to 11.30pm, Three Hagges Wood-Meadow

Prices:  £5 per adult.  Children and Friends of Hagge Woods Trust free of charge.  Book your place now.

There are a number of small mammals that have made Three Hagges Wood-Meadow home.  As our wood-meadow matures it is important we examine the changes in small mammal populations.  Come and join us for this exciting morning session with Ann Hanson and Rob Masheder from The Yorkshire Mammal Group, and help us to survey the number, type and weight of small mammals that live in the wood-meadow.  The evening before the event, Ann and Rob will set a number of friendly traps baited with goodies and which will also provide a safe and cosy place for the small mammals to rest and sleep.  We will start the morning with breakfast, then head off into the wood-meadow to see wait awaits us.


Bat Night and BBQ

Saturday 12th August 2017, 7pm till late, Three Hagges Wood Meadow.

Prices: £5 per adult.  Children and Friends of Hagge Woods Trust free of charge. Book your place now.

Bats are a vital part of our native wildlife, accounting for almost a third of all mammal species in the UK.  Three Hagges Wood-Meadow is a great habitat for bats, as they are top predators of common nocturnal insects.

Come and join us for a BBQ in Bodgers’ Den, then as the sun sets grab a bat detector and take a guided stroll with Ann Hanson and Rob Masheder from The Yorkshire Mammal Group.  Bats use high frequency calls normally beyond the range of human hearing to build up a sound picture of their surroundings.  This echolocation system enables them to wing their way through the dark night hunting the tiniest of insects.  A bat detector makes these echolocation calls audible to humans – and because different bat species hunt different prey and are different sizes, they make different calls which can help identify them.  Come and join us for this fun evening and find out what species of bats inhabit our wood-meadow.


Guided Group Visits 2017

Make the most of a visit to Three Hagges Wood Meadow with one of our guided group visits.  Our guided visits will provide an insight into how we are pioneering the restoration of our rural landscape, using the building blocks of meadow and woodland in one ecosystem to create wood-meadow, inviting nature and wildlife back into our lives and restoring the beauty and biodiversity of our natural heritage.  The tour will include a stroll around the wood-meadow, calling at the Bee Hotel and our pond area.

We would recommend allowing 3 hours for each guided visit.

You will need to pre-book your visit using this form to allow us to make your visit as welcoming as possible.

Tea and coffee will be provided in Bodgers’ Den when the tour concludes.
Guided visits cost £5 per person. Children are free of charge.
Minimum numbers of 8 and maximum numbers of 15.


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If you are interested in volunteering opportunities please email