Wildlife Field Visits

BEES hosts a Wildlife Field Visit Programme throughout the year. The programme aims to explore a range of habitats to study their natural history and management issues relating to their upkeep. The programme is organised and delivered by a committed and knowledgeable group of volunteers. Planning meetings are held regularly to agree and distribute the programme.

Please see details for up and coming visits below.

Bookings must be made in advance (please ring BEES office for details).
Where minibus transport is offered there is a charge which varies from £5 - £12 depending on the distance of the trip.

The Minibus Bus departs at 9.30am from the Unitarian Church, Russell Sreet, BD5 0JB (unless indicated otherwise).
If you are on foot you can meet the minibus Culture Fusion (125 Thornton Road, Bradford BD1 2EP and corner of Westholme Street) no later than 9.10am.

On occassion the minibus will pick up passengers on route out of Bradford. Please discuss with the office (or driver) to find out the pick up points.

* Please ensure you bring adequate food and drink for the day.
* Wear strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
* All trips must be booked and paid for in advance where applicable.
* We ask for a donation of £2 if you chose to use your own transport when the minibus is offered.
* All people irrespective of background and experience are welcome
* Parking is available for a limited number of cars at the Unitarian Centre, Russell Street. Please make a donation of £2 for this facility.

BEES is a district wide environmental education and training centre funded both by Bradford Council and our own project work – for further information please contact Julia Pearson.

Previous Trips

If you'd like to find out more about out trips, we have:

 

Wildlife Field Visits - Upcoming

New Year Walk on the canal at Brighouse

Our walk today will take us from the centre of Brighouse, along the canal, to Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve.  

This is a level walk with plenty of interest along the canalside where goosanders have been seen as well as other wildfowl.  We have visited the reserve before which is a well managed site offering a variety of different habitats for wildlife.  The distance is about 2 miles to the reserve but members are free to walk as far as they feel able and then retrace their steps to Brighouse where there are numerous cafes/pubs.  Dress appropriately for the weather.

New Year Social and planning for 2020         12.30-4pm

Unitarian Church, Russell St BD5

We will gather at the Unitarian Church to share a review of 2019 and plan for trips in 2020.

This is an opportunity to share your ideas for trips in the summer. Please bring food to share.


Coordinators:  Alice Gingell and Sally Tetlow        
Meet at Unitarian Church, Russell Street, BD5.        12.30-4pm            Cost £ 3

Leighton Moss, RSPB

near Carnforth, Silverdale

One of the leading wetland reserves in the north, we can expect to see a range of ducks and waders, as well as birds of prey such as Peregrine Falcons and Marsh Harriers.

Blacktoft Sands, RSPB

Humber Estuary

Blacktoft Sands is on the Humber Estuary, it is England's largest intertidal reedbed, home to Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tits and Bittern.

Six shallow saline lagoons provide habitat for hundreds of Teal and Wigeon, and other species. Winter highlights can include Marsh Harriers coming in to roost, and Peregrine and Barn Owl hunting, so we hope to stay on site till late afternoon. 

There are toilets at the reserve, a number of hides and surfaced level paths. Entrance charges apply for non-RSPB members. 

Boston Spa

near Wetherby

We will repeat the successful walk of 2016.

The circular route in Boston Spa (grid ref SE431455) is about 3 miles on good paths and pavements. From the High Street we will take the riverside path which offers good views up and down the river. Steps lead to a cliff top designated as a site of Ecological and Scientific Importance (SEGI). After traversing the wooded area of Deepdale we will return to the High Street. There are interesting buildings and St Mary’s Church is worth a visit. Toilets and cafes are available. 

Planning Meeting 10 am

Culture Fusion, YMCA, 125 Thornton Road BD1 2EP

The meeting begins at 10am and will last until early afternoon.

You may wish to bring lunch with you. The kettle will be to hand.  

We will be planning both of the summer programmes. 

 Prince of Wales Park, Bingley

Eldwick

Part of this site is a formal park recently renovated; the top of the park is woodland and heather moorland.  

It is alongside Park Road with Lady Lane forming the bottom boundary and Heights lane the top boundary. 
Leader: John Gavaghan

No minibus transport.  Meet 10.30am at the top entrance on Park Road near to the Junction of Warren Lane. Bingley to Eldwick bus 616 from Bingley station or 622/623 (please check) stops on Park Road close to entrance.   Cost £3
 

Staveley YWT

near Knaresborough

We have been visiting this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve (grid ref: SE369630) for many years and there is always something of interest whatever the time of year.  

There are 2 lagoons; other habitats include fen, grassland, wet pasture and copse, and there are 3 bird hides.  Spring flowers should be showing.  A toilet stop will be organised on route as there are no facilities on site.

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Alice Gingell 
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £8