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.

Strid Woods

Tuesday 23rd May, 2017
Bolton Abbey

The primary objective of this outing is the wonderful spring birds that this wood is renowned for.   The 3 stars of the show being Pied Flycatcher, Redstart  and Wood Warbler (not easy to spot this one).  Other birds likely to be seen include Spotted Flycatcher, Common Sandpiper, Blackcap, Willow Warbler & Chiff Chaff.  

Spring flowers such as Woodruff & anemones should be at their best.
The walk will be circular route just over 4 miles via the aqueduct footbridge and lunch will be taken at this half-way point. Binoculars are recommended.  There at toilets at the Cavendish Pavilion. 

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £8


Ox Close Woods

Tuesday 30th May, 2017

The 35 acre wood which is managed by the East Keswick Wildlife Trust is a delightful place to visit in springtime. A large part of the wood is on Magnesian limestone and slopes down to the River Wharfe. Charcoal burning takes place after coppicing. We will explore the wood and meadow area. 

It is a good habitat for birds; summer migrants, woodpeckers, kingfishers & raptors and also butterflies. We also hope to visit one or two other local sites time permitting. 

The route could include some uneven terrain so walking sticks are advisable. Total walking won’t exceed three miles. 

Leaders: Madeleine Massey and Lorna Leeming    
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £8


Scar Close and Brae Pasture

Tuesday 6th June, 2017
Ingleborough NNR

Scar Close is a botanically rich limestone pavement (fenced to prevent sheep grazing) path of the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve and managed by Natural England. We can hope to see lily of the valley, spring cinquefoil and bloody cranesbill. We will park near the Hill Inn and walk less than a mile, including a stile. This pavement can be treacherous so participants will have to be extremely careful will botanising, and the use of a pole will be advised to give support. If it is raining we will have to change our plans as it will not be safe, in which case we will visit Southerscales.  We will return along Ribblesdale and visit Brae Pasture where we hope to see a range of flowers and insects.  

Leader: Julia Pearson and John Gavaghan
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £10


Foulshaw Moss and Latterbarrow

Tuesday 13th June, 2017
South Lakes

We are returning to these Cumbria Wildlife Reserves site a month earlier than our visit last summer. We have timed this visit for a chance to see large heath butterfly and the rare white faced darter at Foulshaw Moss, itself the uncommon habitat of lowland raised bog. We can expect the Ospreys to be in the vicinity (though this has been written before they return from Africa so no guarantees) but the chicks will not have fledged. The short walk around Foulshaw is on level board walk. 

We will make a short journey to Latterbarrow. This reserve is a mix of grassland, woodland and scrub. The walk around the site is short, less than a mile, but slightly uphill and uneven. Both sites are open to the elements; it is hard to forget the temperatures we experienced last year, but equally we could be exposed to wind and rain. Come prepared. There are ticks present at Foulshaw Moss so you are advised to wear long trousers. 

Due to the distance we are travelling expect a relatively late return to Bradford. We are not stopping for a meal so bring extra provisions, though we might decide to stop for a drink before our return journey if conditions dictate.  

Leaders: Julia Pearson and John Gavaghan.
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 11

Planning Meeting

Tuesday 1st August, 2017
YMCA, 125 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.