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

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.

Scout Scar

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:09pm

The walk today is a circular of 3 miles on manageable terrain. The flora, including hoary rockrose and possibly horseshoe vetch, support a variety of butterflies.  Stonechats and skylarks should be around. We will stop in Settle for fish and chips on our return journey.

Leaders; Donald Lightowler and Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £11    Pick ups along The Branch – Keighley route

Wharram Quarry (YWT) and Robert Fuller Gallery

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:34pm

A requested return to this rich grassland site on the Yorkshire Wolds. Three species of orchid and the rare Thistle Broomrape are among the wealth of plants supporting insect life. Buzzards, linnets and yellow hammers are often seen. Although flat, stout footwear is recommended. No shelter, be prepared!
We will complete the day at nearby Thixendale at the gallery of local naturalist and artist Robert Fuller.
Toilets on route.

Leaders: Alice Gingell and Madeleine Massey
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £10 


Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:53pm
Upper Wharfedale

 Today's walk starts with a short foray from New Bridge in Langstrothdale.  We will then head to Beckermonds for lunch and an amble eastwards on the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe.  Walking should be easy though uneven in places. Distance approx 2 miles.  A variety of flowering plants are expected including water and riverside species and consequently rich insect life. We will stop in Buckden for the toilets on the way and the return. 

Three Hagge Wood Meadow Project

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:55pm
Escrick,  Near York

The project was set up in 2012 in an attempt to address biodiversity loss in North Yorkshire. Originally arable land, the fertility levels have been reduced on the 10ha site. Native trees have been planted and local wild flower species introduced. The site provides education for all ages. There is shelter and eco loos. 
To aid this important work a donation would be much appreciated.

Coordinator;   Alice Gingell           Leader Prof. Dave Raffaelli
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9

Hirst Wood Burial Ground and Trench Meadow

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:58pm
Bingley and Shipley

We will start the day at Hirst Wood Burial Ground, adjacent to Nab Wood Cemetery. The BEES conservation group has been assisting the Church in implementing an ecological management plan; today is a chance for us to contribute to species records as well as a chance to explore the terraced burial ground and the woods below. We will leave the woods and walk through the streets to Hirst Lock for lunch where you will have the option to use the café (toilets) or eat in the community garden or by the lock.

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. 

Ledston Luck and Roach Lime pastures

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 3:01pm
East Leeds

Our last visit to these two small magnesium limestone sites was in July 2015. Both have a great deal of botanical interest including several species of orchid. The first of these is a former coal pit at SE 429 311 with a mix of ponds, woodland & grassland. Roach LP is at SE 418 314 & is on a calcareous outcrop. Butterflies & dragonflies are to be found in good numbers. Walking is easy. Toilet facilities at Kippax Leisure Centre 

Leaders; John Gavaghan 
Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7


Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 3:04pm
North Yorkshire

Our visit today takes us to Masham where we will walk the Masham Leaves Sculpture trail.  This was devised by the sculptor Alan Ayers using huge paving slabs of locally quarried limestone reclaimed from the former railway platform.  The walk is approximately 3 miles in length, following footpaths and open fields on level or gently sloping ground.  There are stiles and some parts may be muddy.

Leaders: Sally Tetlow    
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 10