Online courses

Practical online courses and learning - from nature to art and archaeology. 

Mammals of the Yorkshire Dales 

A three-part video series introducing British mammals, with a focus on species found in the Yorkshire Dales. Learn about tracks, droppings and other signs of activity that may help you to identify mammals visiting your garden. Learn about Mammals of the Yorkshire Dales

Red squirrel 


Line and wash drawing course 

In this three-part drawing series with artist John Harrison learn how to create a Yorkshire Dales landscape with line and water colour washes. John is Yorkshire born and bred, a trained graphic designer with a strong illustrative style. This course has been brought to you as part of the Stories in Stone programme. Learn line and wash.

Line and wash drawing of Little Stainforth in the Yorkshire Dales


Butterflies and moths of the Yorkshire Dales

Learn about butterfly and moth species of the Yorkshire Dales - including features of key species, why they are important, ways to record sightings and how to get involved with recording. This three part course is delivered by Kay Andrews, a former YDMT Rural Trainee who is now working across the Yorkshire Dales running the Limestone Lepidoptera Project for Butterfly conservation. Butterflies and Moths of the Yorkshire Dales.

Butterfly Yorkshire Dales


Wildflowers of the Yorkshire Dales 

A series of four online videos giving a comprehensive overview of the key wildflowers in the Yorkshire Dales and a guide to their identification. The course tutor, Steph Dwyer of Yorkshire Dales Guides, is a mostly self-taught botanist who is passionate about sharing her fun tips and tricks to understanding and identifying plants with greater ease. Wildflowers of the Yorkshire Dales.

Meadow Cranesbill Yorkshire Dales


Upland birds of Ingleborough

Find out about the importance of habitats found in the Dales and Ingleborough area for a variety of wading birds, specifically; Curlew, Skylark, Snipe, Lapwing and Black Grouse. Ian Court, Wildlife Conservation Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, outlines the key features of these birds and takes you on a walk round their habitat, so you know what to look out for and the best places to spot them. 


Ingleborough archaeology and history

This fascinating five part video series with archaeologist David Johnson provides a comprehensive overview of the key archaeology and history of the Ingleborough massif. Ingleborough Archaeology and History

Ingleborough by Les Fitton


Small scale sustainable agriculture

In this five part video series Neil and Rikke, of Growing with Grace organic food cooperative, provide a comprehensive overview of the key principles of small scale sustainable agriculture. View the Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture course. 

Small scale sustainable agriculture course


Natural pottery - how to make a botanical mobile 

Learn how to create a botanical mobile using found materials, foraged plants and air-dry clay. Course tutor Rachel will take you through the materials and equipment she uses with her technique for producing these unique, nature-inspired mobiles. 

Rachel started her own pottery business in 2015 and uses uses white and dark stoneware clays for her hand thrown and hand built pottery. With a background in conservation and agriculture, the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales has been hugely influential in her work. You can find out more about Rachels work on her website www.rachelinthedales.co.uk.


Wildflower propagation 

In this video, learn about local provenance seed collection, sowing, potting on, cuttings, planting out and meadow management with Rachel of Broadrake Bunkbarn in the Yorkshire Dales. Rachel shares methods they have followed at Broadrake to manage an area of rank grassland since 2012, to restore it to an upland hay meadow. 

You can find out more about Broadrake Bunkbarn and their website www.broadrake.co.uk