Community Rewilding Days

Embercombe is pleased to announce the next dates of Lottery-funded Community Rewilding Days aimed to reconnect isolated individuals and rural families in the Teign Valley area to our beautiful 50 acres of land and learn about rewilding.

Join us for these free family-friendly sessions led our our Rewilding Lead Laura Fairs where you will learn skills in biodiversity/wildlife surveying, tree and plant identification and plant, insect and mammal surveys as well as practical land-based and rewilding skills such as planting, coppicing, hedge-laying, fencing and animal care.

 

The days are free to attend but booking is essential. Please book by emailing:  rewilding@embercombe.org

Date

Event

Age groups

6th December 2022
Tuesday
18:00-20:30

Wreath Making Evening

Snuggle up with us next to the fire and connect with the plants around us as we make a simple wreath from the natural products of the land.

Adults and children 10yrs+ are welcome to attend. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

10th December 2022
Saturday
09:30-13:00

Winter twig identification and making bird cake

Have you ever wondered how to tell trees apart in winter when they’ve dropped their leaves? Come along and learn some basic winter tree identification. We’ll be making fat balls and bird cake alongside this activity for you to take home and feed the birds near you over the winter.

All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

10th December 2022
Saturday
11:00-13:00

Forest bathing

Come and connect with nature as we guide you through a two-hour sensory immersion in the stunning woodland at Embercombe. Connect to the woodland as you deepen your appreciation and gratitude for nature, reduce stress and bring some balance, focus and clarity.  This is a reflective and gentle journey which you’ll share with others who also want to explore the natural world. Please come along willing to immerse yourself in the experience.

The walk will take place outside no matter the weather so please wrap up warmly and bring waterproofs.

Suitable for people 16 years old and above.

13th February 2023
Monday
10:00-13:00

Making bird boxes

Get ready for birds nesting in the Spring! Come and build your own bird box to take home and put in your own garden. Learn about different bird nesting preferences – we’ll build a variety of boxes to suit different types of birds.

All ages are welcome, but please be aware that we will be using tools such as hand saws, drills, screwdrivers etc so children will need to be supervised and assisted by an adult in order to complete the box (dependant on age).

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

4th March 2023
Saturday
10:00-16:00

Building fires and storytelling

Bring your kids along and teach them how to build a fire! Meet with a Dartmoor Storyteller – we will build our own stories and tales around the fires as we feel the earth under our feet.

Adults and children 7yrs+ are welcome to attend. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

4th March 2023
Saturday
11:00-13:00

Spring Wildlife Walk

Join us at Embercombe for an exploration of the land to discover what animals, insects and flowers are emerging into spring after a long winter.

Adults and children 11yrs+ are welcome to attend. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

5th March 2023
Sunday

Fire by Friction

Rewilding practical skills session! Learn to make fire using a bow drill and working with different materials we find in our beautiful woodland.

29th March 2023
Wednesday
09:30-12:30

Fire by Friction

Rewilding practical skills session! Learn to make fire using a bow drill and working with different materials we find in our beautiful woodland.

3rd April 2023
Monday
14:00-16:00

Forest bathing

Come and connect with nature as we guide you through a two-hour sensory immersion in the stunning woodland at Embercombe. Connect to the woodland as you deepen your appreciation and gratitude for nature, reduce stress and bring some balance, focus and clarity.  This is a reflective and gentle journey which you’ll share with others who also want to explore the natural world. Please come along willing to immerse yourself in the experience.

The walk will take place outside no matter the weather so please wrap up warmly and bring waterproofs.

Suitable for people 16 years old and above.

3rd April 2023
Monday
19:00-20:30

Bat Walk

Join us for an evening bat walk in our superb and abundant woodland. We’ll be using bat detectors and hearing expert guidance on the bats that are joining us in the woods, along the hedgerows and across our pond!

Bring a torch!

Suitable for adults and children aged 6yr+ but please note that all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This event will take place across uneven ground, in our woodland in the dark!

6th May 2023
Saturday
04:00-06:30

Dawn chorus

Join us on National Dawn Chorus Day to hear the cacophony of wonderful birdsong at dawn followed by watching the beautiful sunrise over the valley.

Suitable for children aged 5yrs+ but please note that this event involves stopping and listening mindfully to the birds so we ask that parents consider this when booking.  Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

13th May 2023
Saturday

17:30 on Saturday – 10:30 Sunday

Campout and moths

Rewild your soul as we camp out overnight on a beautiful spring evening. Join our moth expert to find out what moths are sharing our space. We will wake up early to discover what we have attracted in our moth-friendly traps!

Breakfast included.

Please note you may book to just attend the moth trapping event in the evening if you do not wish to camp. Please let us know this when you get in touch.

Suitable for adults and children aged 12yrs+. Please note all children under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

12th July 2023
Wednesday
10:00-13:00

Butterfly walk

Join us as we follow our butterfly transect around Embercombe through our beautiful meadows to discover what species of butterfly live on our land. This event is great preparation for the National Big Butterfly count on 14th July!

All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will involve following a set route across our wildland, counting butterflies and identifying the different species we find.

Children under the age of 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are welcome to bring up to 3 children under the age of 12 years old. Please note children must be supervised at all times.

We are grateful that this project has been generously funded by Lottery Awards for All and welcome all people and community groups in the rural areas around the Teign Valley, Higher Ashton, Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey to join us.


Want to join our Rewilding Camps?

Find out more about our upcoming Rewilding Camps here.

Key information:

DATES:

6th December 2022 18:00-21:00

10th December 2022 09:30-13:00 & 11:00-13:00

13th February 2023 10:00-13:00

4th March 2023 10:00-16:00 / 11:00-13:00

5th March 2023

29th March 2023 09:30-12:30

3rd April 2023 14:00-16:00 & 19:00-20:30

6th May 2023 04:00-06:30

13th May 2023 17:30 on Saturday – 10:30 Sunday

12th July 2023 10:00-13:00

The days are free to attend and welcomes anyone in and around Tiegn Valley to join us, but booking is essential. Please book by emailing:  rewilding@embercombe.org  


Rewilding camps

Facilitator

Laura Fairs

Laura has been working in nature conservation for over 20 years and has recently joined Embercombe from the Wildlife Trust movement. Working on nature reserves of 1 acre through to landscapes of 5000 acres, establishing an extensive conservation grazing herd, offering farm advice and more recently implementing a Natural Flood Management project on private landholdings for public and biodiversity benefit. Laura combines practicality, common sense and understanding with connecting people and nature. Laura has been drawn to Embercombe to be a part of all aspects of their rewilding action. She is looking forward to joining the conversation to find ways in which we can rewild our world. Laura is passionate about reducing her impact on the world through minimising her consumption, growing her own food, sharing, repairing, mending, swapping and finding solutions that do not require buying new stuff! She is a proud parent of two #FridaysForFuture Climate Strikers. Laura lives with her family in the stunning Teign Valley.