Saturday 8th July, 2023
Mark Cocker: A Deep Encounter with Nature
Broughton Sanctuary, Yorkshire, UK

Three years into our ambitious Rewilding programme Broughton Sanctuary is fast becoming one of the most important centres for nature in northern England.

Join us on the 8th July where we will be opening up the conversation around our nature recovery project and inviting you to share in the journey.

We head out in the morning with Mark Cocker and experience the amazing wildlife that lives in our landscape, followed by an evening talk where Mark will speak on his new book One Midsummer's Day: Swifts and the Story of Life on Earth.

Limited places available, please book early to avoid disappointment

Click the button below to view the booking page on our sister site Avalon Wellbeing.


"Broughton Sanctuary is really excited to invite the community to share in our nature recovery journey, and Mark Cocker offers a fabulous opportunity for people to come and learn about our native wildlife."


A Walk on the Wilder Side of Broughton: 10am - 12pm

Together with Mark Cocker, one of Britain's foremost naturalists, we will spend the morning exploring the animals and plants that also live at Broughton, now one of the most transformative rewilding projects in England.

We start the session by examining the (live) contents of our moth trap, set the night before. Its sleeping inmates are never predictable - many 'moth' folk liken the opening of their trap to Christmas morning - but the contents at this time of the year are never less than remarkable and often stunningly beautiful. Thereafter we go into the wider landscape to look for birds, insects, trees, plants, fungi - everything that calls this agricultural landscape home.

The aim will be to examine why it lives here and how wildlife adjusts to increased sunlight and the higher temperatures of summer but also how all these different animals and plant act as a single whole community.

Please note, while this is a gentle walk with frequent stops, you will need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground.

One Midsummers Day - An Evening with Mark Cocker: 7pm

Mark Cocker will speak on his new work One Midsummer's Day: Swifts and the Story of Life on Earth. The book is in part a celebration of one of our most charismatic migrant birds. It is also an exploration of the profound interconnections that underpin the whole living planet.

Mark consider this to be his most important book and the whole day promises to be a deep immersion into the importance of nature and it’s relevance to all our lives.

Learn More About Mark Cocker

Mark Cocker is a widely acclaimed author of creative non-fiction and naturalist who writes and broadcasts on wildlife in a variety of national media.

His new book One Midsummer’s Day: Swifts and the Story of Life on Earth (Cape) is both a portrait of a favourite bird and a celebration of the interconnectedness of all life. He has contributed to the Guardian country diary for 35 years. His 12 other books include biography, history, literary criticism and memoir.

A Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes from a Small Planet (2019) won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award and Crow Country was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the New Angle Prize (2009).

You can visit Mark's website here:


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