Previous Visits

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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North Cave Wetlands

Tuesday 25th April, 2017
North side of 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

Leader:  John Gavaghan, Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 10

Temple Newsam and Skelton Lake

Tuesday 11th April, 2017

Today we travel to Temple Newsam where we shall leave the minibus and walk through the park, passing beneath the M1, on our way to Skelton Lake. The lake is part of a network of wetlands in the Lower Aire Valley and a haven for birds. A scope will be used so there will be plenty of opportunity for us to see the birds at close quarters. At this time of year expect to see Spring flowers emerging as well as the numerous trees around the site coming into leaf. The walking distance wil be about 4 miles, mostly level, on good paths with perhaps some mud depending on weather conditions on the day of our visit. 

Leaders: Sally Tetlow and Robert Waind
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7 


West Tanfield and Nosterfield reserve

Tuesday 4th April, 2017

It was April 2009 when we last visited these two areas so we are due for another visit. At West Tanfield we should see some early Spring flowers, including Yellow Star of Bethlehem. We will investigate both banks of the River Ure, where there are paths; the distance is not very far. Parking is in the village car park. Nosterfield Gravel Pits are a short distance away by minibus. Here we can expect to see birds on the lake and the hedgerows, as well as Spring flowers. Binoculars and telescopes would be useful. Toilets will be accessed en route.

Leaders: Joan Dobson, Margaret Rees.
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 9


Planning Meeting 10am

Tuesday 28th March, 2017
at YMCA Thornton Road

The meeting begins at 10am but may last into the afternoon as we have two summer programmes to plan. 


Old Moor RSPB Reserve

Tuesday 21st March, 2017

The reserve is a BEES favourite and is a relatively safe destination in the event of inclement weather. New areas of the reserve have been opened up recently for waders, so we can expect to see a good number and variety of birds. There are plenty of hides, level walking, a visitor centre with a café, toilets and shop. Don’t forget binoculars, telescopes and cameras. There will be a charge for non-RSPB members.  

Leader: John Gavaghan 
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £8


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tuesday 7th March, 2017

We will visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is internationally famous for its open air sculptures as well as its galleries. We would plan to view the nesting herons as well as some early spring flowers. Toilets and a café are in the main visitor centre. Entry is free. The cost of car parking will be included in the cost of the trip.

Coordinator: Margaret Rees    
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £9 (includes parking costs)

Indoor Meeting 2-4 30pm

Tuesday 21st February, 2017
Unitarian Church, Little Horton

At our indoor meeting we will be covering some administrative matters followed by short presentations (digital images) by group members. There will be a quiz. Refreshments will be available.  Everyone welcome.

Coordinators: Margaret Rees & Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £3

Bird Safari: Swinsty Reservoir

Tuesday 14th February, 2017

We will complete a circular walk approx. 2miles around Swinsty Reservoir starting from the car park (Grid ref 187538) where toilets are available. Our route will be on good gravel paths. We are likely to see a variety of birds at this time of the year. Arrangements will be flexible dependent on weather conditions. Please dress warmly.

Leader: Margaret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £7


St Ives Estate, Bingley

Tuesday 7th February, 2017

We will have a walk of up to 3 miles around the estate. Some of the paths are surfaced but there are likely to be some muddy sections. The will be some medium slopes to negotiate. The route will include Coppice Pond, woodland and the bird feeders. We plan to park at the lower car park and to have a café stop where there are toilets (there are also public toilets near the play area).  

Leaders: Joan Dobson and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £5


New Year Social – 12.30 - 4pm

Tuesday 24th January, 2017
Unitarian Church, Little Horton,

 We will keep to our traditional format for our New Year Social. There will be an opportunity to review the past year, also look ahead to 2017. Please bring food and drink for all to enjoy. Copies of the 2016 DIARY will be available.

Coordinators: Margaret Rees & Joan Dobson. Cost: £3