Children learn about Dales moorland

Lets Learn Moor event at Lower Barden Reservoir near Skipton. 2/7/2024. Photograph: Stuart Boulton/BASC.

Children from the Yorkshire Dales area got to learn about the special features of the area’s moorland at events which formed the UK’s largest upland classroom.

The children had the chance to find a missing person with Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, watch a gundog demonstration, put out a wildfire and learn how sheep’s wool can help with peatland restoration as part of interactive lessons, as part of Let’s Learn Moor 2024.

The children met people and organisations who help to protect our stunning moorland landscapes and species, learning about the importance of sphagnum moss, the dangers of wildfires and how to prevent them and the countryside code, among a number of other subjects.

The children visited separate stands where they spoke to moorland gamekeepers, hill farmers, a gundog trainer and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Educational Trust. They also had a chance to learn how the fleeces of local Swaledale sheep can be made into woollen logs to help stop peatland from eroding and prevent flooding further downstream.

2,500 children attended Let’s Learn Moor events across the uplands of England over the course of the week.

The events are coordinated by the Regional Moorland Groups, Countryside Learning, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and involve more than 50 partner organisations.

The Yorkshire Dales event was organised by the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group.

Darren Chadwick, from the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group, said: “Let’s Learn Moor has once again been a marvellous experience for the over 300 children who attended over the two days. The event is the culmination of some great teamwork by the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group gamekeepers who recognise the importance of education future generations about our precious moorlands.

“Working with our partner organisations, the schools and of course the fantastic children is a highlight of our year.

“Let’s Learn Moor is a rewarding and fulfilling experience for everyone involved. Here at Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group we know that these events give the children an educational experience that will stay with them for life.”

Curtis Mossop, BASC’s head of education and outreach, said: “This year has been the biggest and best Let’s Learn Moor event to date. Nearly 2,600 children from schools across the north of England have been given the opportunity to meet the passionate individuals who live and work on our moorlands.

“From freshwater invertebrate surveys to sheep shearing, beekeeping and honey tasting to the gamekeepers and their firefighting equipment, the children have had the ultimate outdoor classroom experience.


“The Let’s Learn Moor project has grown and grown each year and more than 12,500 children have now attended. A landscape project of this size is a huge team effort, and we could not do it without the 53 partner organisations who have contributed this year. Plans are already in place and the wheels are in motion for a return of Let’s Learn Moor in 2025.”

Emily Cowper-Coles, an outdoor educator and hill shepherd said:


“Let’s Learn Moor is a fun, engaging, interactive experience for children that enhances the school curriculum. Learning outdoors gives children vital life skills and the chance to release anxieties that may be present indoors.”


“Planting seeds in young peoples’ heads about how vital nature is to the wellbeing of ourselves and Planet Earth could empower them in the future to help tackle climate change.”


Part-funded by BASC legacy funding, the events were free to all schools involved, ensuring that there were no financial barriers to participation.

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  1. It’s no fun for the birds bred by those same gamekeepers for the sole purpose of being killed. Doubtless the children found the gun dogs cute but was it explained that they’re bred purely in order to perpetuate needless killing?

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