Previous Field Trips

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.

The list below shows information about past visits. For reports and photos about these visits please visit:
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Wildlife Field Visits - Past

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

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. 

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

 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

Burton Agnes Gardens

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:00pm
Near Driffield, East Yorkshire

The Elizabethan hall designed by Robert Smythson and with Bradford connections to the Cunliffe – Listers is set amid 40 acres of award winning gardens with carpets of snowdrops heralding the spring – we hope.

Refreshments, toilets and shop available. A long journey, take sufficient food. Admission payable on the day: Gardens only £7/ £6.50

If we have to cancel due to poor weather this trip will take place on Tuesday 26th February – please indicate if you can come on this day

Starling Murmuration

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:00pm
This will be decided nearer the time

The plan today is to travel to a starling murmuration.

We cannot be specific about the details of the day until nearer the time as we will assess the best option in the week leading up to the trip.

New Year Social and planning for 2019

Submitted by julia on Wed, 5th Dec 2018, 8:00pm
Unitarian Church, Russell Street.

We will gather at the Unitarian Church to share a review of 2018 and plan for trips in 2019.

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

Please bring food to share and get your thinking caps on for the quiz.
Coordinators:  Alice Gingell and Sally Tetlow        Cost £3

New Year Walk, Gargrave

Submitted by julia on Tue, 4th Dec 2018, 2:16pm
Gargrave, North Yorkshire

The first outing of 2019 will be a 3 1/2 mile stroll at Gargrave, on a cold sunny day.

First stop, the village toilets, thence to North Street. The route takes us along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to Bank Newton Locks for the lunch stop. There is one stile. Then over the fields to join the Pennine Way back to Gargrave. The cafe will no doubt be open for further refreshments. 
There may be mud and wet grass, boots recommended. Dress for the day's weather. In case of inclement weather a walk nearer home can be arranged.