Wildlife Field Visits - Current Programme

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. Planning meetings are held regularly to agree and distribute the programme.

Please see details for up and coming visits below.
Bookings must be made in advance (please ring BEES office for details).
Where minibus transport is offered there is a charge which varies from £5 - £12 depending on the distance of the trip.

The Minibus Bus departs at 9.30am from the Unitarian Church, Russell Sreet, BD5 0JB (unless indicated otherwise).
If you are on foot you can meet the minibus Culture Fusion (125 Thornton Road, Bradford BD1 2EP and corner of Westholme Street) no later than 9.10am.

On occassion the minibus will pick up passengers on route out of Bradford. Please discuss with the office (or driver) to find out the pick up points.

* Please ensure you bring adequate food and drink for the day.
* Wear strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
* All trips must be booked and paid for in advance where applicable.
* We ask for a donation of £2 if you chose to use your own transport when the minibus is offered.
* All people irrespective of background and experience are welcome
* Parking is available for a limited number of cars at the Unitarian Centre, Russell Street. PLease make a donation of £2 for this facility.

BEES is a district wide environmental education and training centre funded both by Bradford Council and our own project work – for further information please contact Julia Pearson.

New Year’s Social - 12.30 – 4pm

Tuesday 23rd January, 2018

New Year’s Social  - 12.30 – 4pm

We will gather at the Unitarian Church to share a review of 2017 and look forward to 2018, so 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: Sally Tetlow and Alice Gingell   Cost: £3


Computer Session

Tuesday 30th January, 2018
In the office at Culture Fusion

10am -12noon  – training to use the blog. 


Breary Marsh

Tuesday 6th February, 2018
nr Golden Acre Park

Our visit today takes us to a SSSI site adjacent to Golden Acre Park, nr Leeds.  The site is a diverse example of a wet valley alder wood giving way to a drier woodland habitat.  Footpaths are good, although at this time of year mud will undoubtedly be evident underfoot.  The southern end of the reserve contains Paul's Pond, which is frequented in winter by wildfowl and occasional visiting kingfishers.  Sightings of woodlands birds should be expected.  Walking distance should not exceed 2 - 3 miles.

Leaders: Sally Tetlow and John Gavaghan
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £6


Austwick Hall; snowdrops

Tuesday 20th February, 2018
near Settle

This will be the group's first ever visit to this private estate which lies in the village of the same name just off the A65 west of Settle.  The grounds are open on Sundays & Mondays from the middle to the end of Feb each year so visitors can enjoy the displays of snowdrops. They have however agreed to open on a Tuesday provided we can guarantee a party of 10 or more.
There will be an entry charge per person of £4, which we need with your booking and is non-refundable in the case of cancellation.  Toilets are available.
The site also holds a scarce fungus which can be found underneath their cedars.

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Lorna Leeming
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £10, plus £4 entrance - £14



Tuesday 6th March, 2018

Today we will be using public transport and sharing cars. We visit the village that was used in the early days of the filming for 'Emmerdale Farm'.  Our plan is to walk through the two adjacent woods - Jerrison and Spring Woods - looking for resident bird species as well as identifying tree/shrub growth and possibly any early flowers that have put in an appearance.  The walk will involve some uphill terrain on relatively good pathways but be prepared for mud.  This can be co-ordinated through the walk leader.

The meeting point will be the car park in Esholt village at 10am

Leaders: Sally Tetlow and Alice Gingell
No Minibus transport; Cost: £2

Potteric Carr, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Tuesday 20th March, 2018
near Doncaster

There is mixture of wetland and woodland habitats attracting a range of commoner birds but also marsh harriers and sometimes a black necked grebe, as well as woodpeckers, tits and perhaps some arriving warblers. There have been significant upgrades to this site since our last visit, including a new visitor centre with facilities.
The site is mainly flat with well-made paths and a number of hides. 

Leaders:  Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £8

Planning Meeting

Tuesday 27th March, 2018
Culture Fusion, 125 Thornton Road

Planning Meeting 10 am, 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. 


Great Northern Trail

Tuesday 10th April, 2018

Our walk today uses the Sustrans route, starting on Thornton Road. We will walk alongside the young hedgerows and over the viaduct. The return route will be retracing our steps to Thornton where there are toilets at the Café in South Square. 

Leaders: Lorna Leeming and Marilyn Barber
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £5


Top Hill Low

Tuesday 17th April, 2018
East Yorkshire

A Yorkshire Water Board Reserve alongside the River Hull. Two reservoirs, lagoons and marsh areas are surrounded by planted woodland. The time coincides with the return of regular migrants including the little ringed plover. Grass snakes, water vole and otters, though elusive, are present. There is a visitor centre and toilet; there is no food but facilities for making drinks. 

We will leave site after 5pm so be prepared for a longer day, taking adequate food and drink. There is an admission charge of £1.80 concessions.

Leaders; Sally Tetlow and Alice Gingell
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £12


Denso Marston

Tuesday 24th April, 2018
Otley Road, Baildon

Today we will be using public transport and sharing cars. Parking is in the layby on Otley Road (near the white wooden church). The gate to Denso Menston reserve is opposite, which will be the meeting point at 9.45 am. Our guide will be Steve Warrilow, the warden, and hope to see spring flowers and water birds. There are toilets on site. 

Leaders; Alice Gingell and Vera Clark
No Minibus transport; £2