Discovering Wass Natural History Weekend

Friday April 27th – Sunday April 29th

Events Programme



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




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            ŌBirds of WassÕ 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            ŌBirds of WassÕ 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 -  Laraine Simpson

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   ChildrenÕs art workshop*

Sunday 10.30 – 11.15am     Open Workshop*

Sunday 2.00 – 2.45pm         Adults workshop*


*  Indicates that booking is advisable.


ChildrenÕs 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



We are grateful to the following for help with funding the event:


North York Moors and Coast Leader Project

Ryedale District Council

NY Moors Lime and Ice Project


We are also grateful to York Museums Trust (Yorkshire Museum) for the loan of

some of Dr Archie HeronÕs moth specimens and to Shandy Hall for the loan of 

display cases.