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

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. 

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