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

Gouthwaite Reservoir


We return to Gouthwaite Reservoir after an eight year absence.

There are 4 viewing platforms overlooking the reservoir. In particular we will look for wildfowl on the reservoir and birds of prey overhead. There will be some road walking when extra care needs to be taken. Walking distance no more than 3 miles on reasonable terrain.

Leaders: Margaret Rees and Madeleine Massey
Minibus transport, depart Unitarian Church 9.30. Cost £ 8

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


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