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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Devonshire Park & Cliffe Castle

Tuesday 17th October, 2017

Our visit today will take us to Keighley to visit a unique collection of trees in a beautiful arboretum at Devonshire Park. This park was opened in 1888 and provides an opportunity to view different species within a small area. Walking will be on good paths over a distance of about one mile with a slight uphill climb at the start. Lunch will be taken either in the open at the park or, should we experience rain, in Cliffe Castle itself, which will be our destination for the afternoon part of today's visit. Much work has been done in the grounds here and it will be interesting to see what progress has been made since a previous visit a couple of years ago. There are toilet facilities available within the Castle.

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

Blacktoft Sands RSPB

Tuesday 3rd October, 2017
Humber Estuary

Blacktoft Sands, situated on the south side of the Humber Estuary, has the largest reed bed in the country and is the home to a number of interesting birds including Marsh Harrier, Bittern and Bearded Tit. At this time of year it will provide refuge for migrating birds, mainly waders. There are 6 hides and the access path is level.

Toilet facilities on site. The area is exposed so be prepared. Admission free for RSPB members & a charge for non RSPB members.

Leaders: Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost: £10


Water’s Edge Country Park, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Tuesday 19th September, 2017

This 110 acre site on the south bank of the Humber has two SSSI areas and is recognised as a Wetland of International Importance. It is an excellent location to see a wide range of wildlife in a variety of habitats. Birds should feature prominently on this visit with waders and perhaps a Marsh Harrier or a Bittern. Water voles are among the mammals present. The paths are many and flat but can be muddy.

Not surprisingly the area is exposed but the Visitor Centre facilities come highly recommended after our last very wet visit.

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

St Aidan’s RSPB

Tuesday 5th September, 2017

There is now an RSPB visitor centre at this reserve. We will divide into two groups, the birders could explore the lakes (with possible migratory birds as well as residents) butterflies and dragonflies etc, whilst the botanists will investigate the interesting wetland flora adjacent to the drains and wildflower meadow.

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


August Golden Acre Park

Tuesday 22nd August, 2017

This is a walk around the inside perimeter of the site and goes through an extensive area of gorse heathland. The walk is under 3 miles and is not hazardous or overly steep. There is a large car-park on the opposite side of the main road where the bus will park.

Toilets are alongside the Park cafe where of course refreshments can be had. If time allows other sections of the park may be visited'.

Leader: John Gavaghan
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £6.


Sunderland Point

Tuesday 15th August, 2017
Morecambe Bay

Sunderland Point is an isolated hamlet situated between the estuary of the river Lune and Morecambe Bay and unique in being the only mainland village in the UK that is dependent on the tide for access. Hopefully we will have read the tide tables correctly. There are marsh, estuary and hedgerow habitats and we expect to see a variety of bird life as well as some interesting seaside plants such as sea lavender and sea aster.

Sambo’s grave, the resting place of a young slave in the 18th century lies close by and we may pay a visit to this attraction. There are toilets in the village. The walking is flat and easy. We will also call at the nearby village of Snatchems which is on the banks of the Lune and where the Golden Ball hotel offers facilities.

Leaders: Stuart and Gillian Tordoff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £11

Extended day out to Rosedale,

Tuesday 8th August, 2017
North York Moors

A new destination for BEES. Today we head to the beautiful Rosedale valley to explore the wealth of flora and fauna which give spectacular displays at this time of year. Our walk will take us along the banks of the River Seven and through some fields where, weather permitting, we should see butterflies and hopefully dragonflies and damselflies. It is expected the walk will be approximately 4 miles in length, through well maintained field gates with a short uphill section before crossing a road to reach a small conifer plantation and then downhill to Rosedale Village Hall where Robert will collect us in the minibus.

Toilet facilities are available in Rosedale. Mud may be an issue through the fields dependent on weather conditions.

We will have a meal in Weatherspoons in Thirsk (no pre-orders) before returning to Bradford.

Leader: Sally Tetlow and Robert Waind
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost: £12

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. 


Bastow Wood

Tuesday 25th July, 2017
near Grassington

We will access this open limestone woodland via Grass Wood, having parked at Grass Wood Lane. The walk will be less than 4 miles in total but it must be borne in mind that it is uphill all the way. We will however be going at a slow pace. The group has visited this site several times so most will be familiar with the terrain.

The rare Scotch Argus butterfly should be on the wing as will Dark Green Fritillaries. It is towards the end of the flight period for Northern Brown Argus but some may still be about.

Toilets will be accessed in the YDNP car park. There are no cafe facilities in the woods.

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

Anglers Country Park

Tuesday 18th July, 2017
Near Wakefield

We have previously visited Anglers Country Park at Wintersett, 4 miles from Wakefield, in the autumn for fungi forays, but at this time of year we’ll be looking out for damsels and dragons around the lake and plants in the various habitats of grassland, woodlands and wetland. There are walks of varying length from a flat 2 miles around the lake and 3 miles through Haw Park Wood to 4 or 5 miles on the Waterton Trail for anyone feeling energetic.

Toilet facilities and a cafe are available.

Leader: Stuart Tordoff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost: £7