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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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


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


Computer Session

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

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


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


New Year’s Walk - Foulridge

Tuesday 9th January, 2018

We will walk along the canal from Foulridge Wharf heading north to Mill Hill Bridge a total of less than 4 miles. There might be the option to walk back across the fields, though returning on the canal will be possible if you choose. Wrap up warmly. If the weather makes this trip difficult we may alter our destination to be closer to home.

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


Christmas Meal and slide presentation

Tuesday 12th December, 2017

10am – meet at the Unitarian Church, Little Horton for a selection of digital images from members.

We will follow this with our Christmas meal at the Calverley Arms Hotel. Details will be sent to those showing interest at a later date.

Transport from the Unitarian Church to the meal will be available. There is a £3 charge to cover room hire the morning.

Coordinators Meal: Marilyn Barber Meeting: Margaret Rees

December Planning Meeting 10 am

Tuesday 5th December, 2017
YMCA Thornton Road.
The meeting begins at 10 am and will last until early afternoon. You may wish to bring lunch with you. The kettle will be to hand.

Mystery Outing, returning via St Aidan’s

Tuesday 28th November, 2017

The venue for the mystery trip will be a surprise! There will be a £4.80pp entry charge to access our destination. Lots to do and see at this seasonal time of the year. The trip will not disappoint. Easy walking.

We will take a detour on the way home to call in at St Aidan’s RSPB reserve with the hope of seeing short eared owls coming into roost.

Leaders; Margaret Rees & Marilyn Barber
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7

Rodley Nature Reserve

Tuesday 14th November, 2017

We will fulfill our plan to visit Rodley Nature Reserve on a two yearly basis with this late autumn visit. Peter and Barbara Murphy will outline the recent developments on the reserve. We will be free to do our own exploration in the afternoon. The main interest will be birds and fungi. Easy walking .Please note there will be building work taking place for the construction of a new toilet block although portaloos will be available. Please note we will meet up at the car park on the left hand side over the bridge at 10am.

Leaders: Peter & Barbara Murphy, Coordinator: Margaret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost: £6

Haw Park Wood

Tuesday 31st October, 2017

This site is 4 miles SE of Wakefield & is adjacent to Angler's Country Park. The main interest is the fungi, particularly Agarics. The walk will be about 2 miles on fairly flat ground with no stiles. Parking is at Angler's CP SE372 152 where there are toilets & picnic tables. The woods are half a mile down a quiet lane from Anglers.

Leaders: Madeleine Massey and John Gavaghan
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost: £7