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

Ledston Luck and Roach Lime pastures

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 3:01pm
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

Planning Meeting

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:44pm
at YMCA 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. 

Hirst Wood Burial Ground and Trench Meadow

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:58pm
Bingley and Shipley

We will start the day at Hirst Wood Burial Ground, adjacent to Nab Wood Cemetery. The BEES conservation group has been assisting the Church in implementing an ecological management plan; today is a chance for us to contribute to species records as well as a chance to explore the terraced burial ground and the woods below. We will leave the woods and walk through the streets to Hirst Lock for lunch where you will have the option to use the café (toilets) or eat in the community garden or by the lock.

Three Hagge Wood Meadow Project

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:55pm
Escrick,  Near York

The project was set up in 2012 in an attempt to address biodiversity loss in North Yorkshire. Originally arable land, the fertility levels have been reduced on the 10ha site. Native trees have been planted and local wild flower species introduced. The site provides education for all ages. There is shelter and eco loos. 
To aid this important work a donation would be much appreciated.

Coordinator;   Alice Gingell           Leader Prof. Dave Raffaelli
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £9


Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:53pm
Upper Wharfedale

 Today's walk starts with a short foray from New Bridge in Langstrothdale.  We will then head to Beckermonds for lunch and an amble eastwards on the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe.  Walking should be easy though uneven in places. Distance approx 2 miles.  A variety of flowering plants are expected including water and riverside species and consequently rich insect life. We will stop in Buckden for the toilets on the way and the return. 

Wharram Quarry (YWT) and Robert Fuller Gallery

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:34pm

A requested return to this rich grassland site on the Yorkshire Wolds. Three species of orchid and the rare Thistle Broomrape are among the wealth of plants supporting insect life. Buzzards, linnets and yellow hammers are often seen. Although flat, stout footwear is recommended. No shelter, be prepared!
We will complete the day at nearby Thixendale at the gallery of local naturalist and artist Robert Fuller.
Toilets on route.

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

Scout Scar

Submitted by Amanda on Wed, 19th Jun 2019, 2:09pm

The walk today is a circular of 3 miles on manageable terrain. The flora, including hoary rockrose and possibly horseshoe vetch, support a variety of butterflies.  Stonechats and skylarks should be around. We will stop in Settle for fish and chips on our return journey.

Leaders; Donald Lightowler and Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £11    Pick ups along The Branch – Keighley route

Strensall Common

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
just north of York

This lies to the east of the village of Strensall which is just a few miles north of York. We last visited on 20th Aug 2013 when we surveyed the section to the west of the railway track. This time we intend covering the north-easterly portion where it is hoped we may catch sight of the extremely rare Dark-bordered Beauty moth at its only English location.
Birds on site in June include Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit and Woodlark. There is botanical, butterfly and dragonfly interest on this large area of SSSI lowland heathland.

 Ashes Pasture

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
near Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales.

We made a brief visit to this YWT site in Ribblesdale last summer. We are returning today with more time to explore both the main pasture and upland hay meadow and the recently acquired adjacent fields. A range of orchids grow amongst other grassland species. There aren’t any paths around the reserve so we need to tread carefully to avoid the flowering plants. Some areas can be damp.  If we wish to visit another site, Brae Pasture is not far away. 
Toilets stops on route.  

 Bishop Wood

Submitted by julia on Tue, 26th Mar 2019, 3:13pm
  near Selby

This is ancient woodland with wide rides and plenty of botanical interest. It lies to the east of the village of Biggin and has not previously been visited by BEES group. It is one of only two sites in Yorkshire where the nationally rare day-flying Argent & Sable Moth can be seen. The plan is to park at Park Nook CP & explore the north eastern section of the woodland.
Birdlife is said to include Crossbills which favour the coniferous plantations. The terrain is flat & walking is therefore easy. Strong footwear is advisable as there are a few short muddy sections.