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.

Leeds Liverpool Canal; Armley to centre of Leeds

Tuesday 21st August, 2018

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  

 

Esholt

Tuesday 4th September, 2018

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

 

North Cave

Tuesday 18th September, 2018
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

The Yorkshire Arboretum; Castle Howard

Tuesday 2nd October, 2018
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

Leighton Moss, RSPB

Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Silverdale

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

 

Mirfield Church and Canal

Tuesday 30th October, 2018
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

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

Tuesday 13th November, 2018
Leeds

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

Mystery Outing!

Tuesday 27th November, 2018
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

 

Planning Meeting 10am

Tuesday 4th December, 2018
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. 

 

Christmas meal and slide presentation

Tuesday 11th December, 2018
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