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

Culture Fusion, Piece Hall Yard

Our day will start at Culture Fusion at 10.30 am where we have a slide presentation by some of our members.  Refreshments will be available.  Following this we will walk to the Bradford Club, Piece Hall Yard for our meal, comprising 3 courses, with coffee, at a cost of £20, starting at 1pm.  The menu will be forwarded to those who express an interest, so please book as early as possible. Choices should be made by 1st November. 
 
Coordinator; Sally Tetlow (meal), Julia Pearson (morning slides)
No Minibus transport.   Cost £3 for morning session
 

Old Moor RSPB

Old Moor RSPB

We have visited Old Moor regularly over the past few years, but it is four years since we have been in the autumn. We expect to see a range of water birds and the bird feeding areas always attract a good range of seed eaters. 
The reserve has level, well-surfaced paths and plenty of hides so will give a range of options for the amount of walking.  There is a shop, toilets and café at the visitor centre. Free entry for RSPB members, a charge of £5/3.50 for non-members. 

 Devonshire Park, Keighley

 Devonshire Park, Keighley

We are returning to Keighley to visit the unique collection of trees in a beautiful arboretum at Devonshire Park. This park was opened in 1888 and provides an opportunity to view different species within a small area. Walking will be on good paths over a distance of about one mile with a slight uphill climb at the start. Lunch will be taken either in the open at the park or, should we experience rain, in Cliffe Castle itself, which will be our destination for the afternoon part of today's visit.

 St Chad’s Church (Far Headlingley) and St John’s Church (Adel), Leeds

 St Chad’s Church (Far Headlingley) and St John’s Church (Adel), Leeds

Last year was a poor year for waxcaps so we are rescheduling our visit to these two churchyards in the hope for a more varied display. 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
Walking will be easy at both Churchyards.
The proximity to Adel Dam gives us a chance to alter the afternoon destination if we find that once again there is a limited number of waxcaps. 

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Julia Pearson
Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7
 

Stainforth Force, Ribblesdale 

Stainforth Force, Ribblesdale 

When we last visited Stainforth Force to watch for leaping salmon we were undermined by the rain. Today we will make another attempt to watch this seasonal spectacle. 
We will park in Stainforth (toilets in car park) and make the half mile walk to the waterfalls. We will then be stationary for some time so come dressed for the less active pastime of watching for the fish. The rocks and path by the river are uneven and slippery.

Skipton Castle Woods

Skipton Castle Woods

We will walk beside Eller Beck on mainly flat, surfaced paths then access the upper woodland via well-made steps and/or slopes with handrails. Some of the return paths are narrow and uneven. Trees provide the only shelter and all paths could be muddy. We may see a few late flowers, fruits should be maturing and some early fungi may have erupted. Heron, kingfishers and dippers are regular visitors to the watercourses.   Distance approx 4km. Toilets and cafes in town centre.

 Foulridge Canal 

 Foulridge Canal 

We are returning to the walk we did in January last year to see the canal vegetation. We will walk along the canal towpath from Foulridge Wharf heading north to Mill Hill Bridge a total of less than 4 miles. There might be the option to walk back across the fields, though returning alongside the canal will be possible if you choose. 

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £8      There will be pick-ups along Branch-Keighley route
 

Masham

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

Ledston Luck and Roach Lime pastures

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