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

Christmas meal and slide presentation

Submitted by julia on Tue, 11th Dec 2018, 11:00pm
Unitarians and Calverley

We will meet in the morning at 10am at The Unitarian Church for slide presentations of member’s wildlife experiences on their travels.

We will return to the Calverley Arms for a Christmas meal – the menus are not available at time of writing but we estimate the cost will be in the region of £17-20. Anyone who books will receive a menu and booking details.

Coordinators; Julia Pearson – morning Marilyn Barber - meal.
Minibus transport available; Cost £3

Mystery Outing!

Submitted by julia on Tue, 27th Nov 2018, 11:00pm
it's a mystery!

Today we will meet at Culture Fusion or the Unitarian Church (no further pickups), for our annual mystery outing. Good paths throughout. Distance flexible - walk as much or as little as you wish!

Leader: Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7


St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley and St John’s, Adel; fungi foray

Submitted by julia on Tue, 13th Nov 2018, 11:00pm

St Chad’s Church, SE 275 370 will be visited in the morning, after which we will go to St. John’s Church, Adel SE 275 403
Both sites hold good populations of Waxcap fungi. Walking will be easy at both Churchyards.

Leader: John Gavaghan and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7

Mirfield Church and Canal

Submitted by julia on Tue, 30th Oct 2018, 11:00pm
Stock’s Bank Road, Mirfield SD 189 209

This will be the first visit by the group to ‘The Community of the Resurrection’, Stock’s Bank Road, Mirfield SD 189 209 . The site, particularly the large lawn behind the church is renowned for its variety of Waxcap fungi. We have permission to use their toilets and tea/ coffee will be provided on arrival. After lunch we will proceed to the canal and walk towards Ravensthorpe. Easy walking, though could be muddy.

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Stuart Tordoff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7

Leighton Moss, RSPB

Submitted by julia on Tue, 16th Oct 2018, 11:00pm

It is 4 years since we have visited Leighton Moss as a group and we plan to start at the Allen and Eric Morecambe hides on Morecambe Bay, depending on conditions on the day. A visit at this time of year will be mainly for the birding interest, possibly migrant waders, but we should also see fungi and some late- flowering plants.
Walking is on the level on good paths and there are several viewing hides. The visitor centre has a shop, café and toilets. Bring your binoculars/telescopes and don’t forget your RSPB card if you are a member, otherwise there is an entrance fee.

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £11 Pick up on The Branch - Keighley route


The Yorkshire Arboretum; Castle Howard

Submitted by julia on Tue, 2nd Oct 2018, 11:00pm
North Yorkshire

The arboretum is a 120 acre site administered in partnership with Kew Gardens. It contains native species and trees from around the world. There are short or longer (4km) posted tree trails as well as parkland, lakes and ponds to explore. The terrain offers easy walking on well maintained grassy paths. The autumn colours could be magnificent. The hawfinches visited at this time last year.

There is a Visitor Centre with cafe Cost of entry will be £6 or £7 payable on the day (bring correct change). Free Parking in the arboretum car park.

Leaders: Alice Gingell and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £11

North Cave

Submitted by julia on Tue, 18th Sep 2018, 11:00pm
near the Humber

This is a good site for wetland birds with several well positioned hides. The site is continually expanding in size and we notice changes each time we visit. Binoculars are advised if you wish for good views.
There are toilet facilities close to the parking area and a catering van that serves fast food e.g. bacon sarnies. The perimeter walk is flat and not onerous and less than 3 miles

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


Submitted by julia on Tue, 4th Sep 2018, 11:00pm

Weather conditions prevented our plans in March, so today we will be using public transport and sharing cars to visit this local site. Our plan is to walk through two adjacent woods - errison and Spring Woods - looking for late flowering herbaceous plants,autumnal changes in trees, and early fungi. The walk will involve some uphill stretches on relatively good pathways but be prepared for mud. The ‘Woolpack’ opens at 12 noon where we will be using the toilets.

Leaders ; Alice Gingell and Madeleine Massey
No minibus. Meeting place: Car Park in Esholt village 10am Grid Reference SE 184 305 Cost £3


Leeds Liverpool Canal; Armley to centre of Leeds

Submitted by julia on Tue, 21st Aug 2018, 11:52pm

We start our walk at Armley Mills Industrial Museum where a garden of plants used in the woollen industry for dyeing purposes has been planted. We proceed along the Leeds Liverpool Canal which is notable for its water plants which get progressively more interesting as we approach the city centre. Dragonflies and damselflies are also present. At the end of our walk (approx. 3.5-4miles on the flat) we walk across Leeds to catch a bus (no.33) for our return to Cardigan Mills where the minibus will be parked. Toilet facilities-suggest the Vue cinema complex. Please bring your bus passes, if you have one, for free return travel. 

Leaders: Margaret Rees and Vera Clark
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £6