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

 Old Moor RSPB

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:00pm
near Barnsley

It is a couple of years since we visited Old Moor, a premier bird watching site in Yorkshire.

We will see a variety of waders, ducks and gulls. There is a good bird feeding area for smaller birds. There are plenty of hides, level walking, a visitor centre with a café, toilets and shop. Don’t forget binoculars, telescopes and cameras.

There will be a charge for non-RSPB members. 

Leaders: Julia Pearson and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £9

Wheldrake Ings

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:00pm
YWT Reserve

In the Lower Derwent Valley, this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve attracts a wide range of birds in the autumn and winter with interesting migrants passing through also.

Birds of prey are regularly seen.

There are 4 viewing hides and level walking, but the area is subject to flooding, so please bring wellingtons. There is the possibility of visiting an adjacent site along the Derwent.

Leader: John Gavaghan and Alice Gingell
Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £10

Planning Meeting

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:23pm
YMCA, Culture Fusion, 125 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. 

Nosterfield Wetland site

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:00pm
north of Ripon

This is a site last visited in 2017, it is notable for a wide variety of bird life particularly waders and wildfowl.

Bring binoculars and telescopes. There is also botanical interest alongside the main path. 

Leader: John Gavaghan and Margaret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £9

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.