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

Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:21pm
North Yorkshire We will decide nearer the time if there are pick ups along Branch-Keighley route

Wensleydale is famous for its waterfalls which should be in full spate at the time of our visit.

Starting from the National Park Visitor Centre (information and toilet facilities) we walk to view Middle and Lower Falls through Freeholders Wood, a coppiced hazel woodland supporting early spring flowers and the site chosen for a dormouse introduction project. We plan a walk of 1.5 miles in the surrounding area affording views of Wensleydale and Castle Bolton. There will be birding as well as floral interest. Be aware of potentially slippery surfaces near the Falls.

Nidd Valley, near Knaresborough

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:12pm

Today’s walk will cross fields, woodland and riverside. There are some short sections where the paths are a little steep and sections could be muddy. The walk will be no longer than 3 miles. We will see spring flowers and summer migrant birds. 

Leaders; Eric Beety and John Gavaghan
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £8

Rougemont Carr and Weeton Lane

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
near Pool in Wharfedale

We will enjoy this pleasant walk down a country lane and across fields leading to a bluebell woodland situated on the site of an Anglo –Saxon castle. Our starting point will be the car park of Weeton church (Map ref SE 284 465). Plants to look out for are false oxlip, primrose, toothwort, leopardsbane, wood stitchwort and fiddleneck. Birds to spot are red kite and yellowhammer.  An easy walk of approx. 3 miles. Toilet and cafe facilities available. 

Leaders: Margaret Rees and Marilyn Barber 
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7

Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
Meet at The Lodge on Undercliffe Lane

Bradford Cemetery Company went out of business in 1975 and the cemetery reverted to a more natural state.  Today it is a mixture of maintained areas and sections that have been left as wildlife habitats providing a vital haven for both flora and fauna.  Walking will be on good paths with some exploration of the more overgrown areas.  Distance no more than 2 miles.

Leaders: Sally Tetlow
No minibus transport; Cost £3.  Meet at The Lodge on Undercliffe Lane at 10.15 am. 645 bus from Market Street. 

 Askham Bog YWT and Bolton Percy Station

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
 near York

On route we shall pay a short visit to a small grassland and shrub reserve beside the station at nearby Bolton Percy. Askham Bog, Yorkshire’s oldest nature reserve, on the outskirts of York has base-rich soil with a great diversity of plants, birds and insects, and never disappoints. Let’s visit again before there are adverse effects from the proposed development in the area. 

Leader: Alice Gingell and Sue Norvill 
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9
 

Allerthorpe Common YWT

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
East Yorkshire (near Pocklington)

The acid soil here has a variety of habitats supporting a wide range of organisms. Not only is there a wealth of invertebrates but also adders, lizards and palmate newts. Birds include woodlark, woodpeckers and woodcock. With a volunteer guide we may see the nationally rare May Lily. 
A short visit to nearby Calley Heath to look for Shepherd’s Cress, a Yorkshire rarity, may be possible. 

Co-ordinator; Alice Gingell         Walk leader; Jonathan Proud (YWT volunteer) 
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £9

 Bishop Wood

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
  near Selby

This is ancient woodland with wide rides and plenty of botanical interest. It lies to the east of the village of Biggin and has not previously been visited by BEES group. It is one of only two sites in Yorkshire where the nationally rare day-flying Argent & Sable Moth can be seen. The plan is to park at Park Nook CP & explore the north eastern section of the woodland.
Birdlife is said to include Crossbills which favour the coniferous plantations. The terrain is flat & walking is therefore easy. Strong footwear is advisable as there are a few short muddy sections. 

 Ashes Pasture

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
near Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales.

We made a brief visit to this YWT site in Ribblesdale last summer. We are returning today with more time to explore both the main pasture and upland hay meadow and the recently acquired adjacent fields. A range of orchids grow amongst other grassland species. There aren’t any paths around the reserve so we need to tread carefully to avoid the flowering plants. Some areas can be damp.  If we wish to visit another site, Brae Pasture is not far away. 
Toilets stops on route.  

Strensall Common

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
just north of York

This lies to the east of the village of Strensall which is just a few miles north of York. We last visited on 20th Aug 2013 when we surveyed the section to the west of the railway track. This time we intend covering the north-easterly portion where it is hoped we may catch sight of the extremely rare Dark-bordered Beauty moth at its only English location.
Birds on site in June include Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit and Woodlark. There is botanical, butterfly and dragonfly interest on this large area of SSSI lowland heathland.

Planning Meeting

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:44pm
at YMCA Thornton Road

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.