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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Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT Reserve

Tuesday 4th July, 2017

Nestled in a narrow Wolds valley near Market Weighton, Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit provides a haven for chalk loving plants and animal species. We will see a variety of chalk loving flora including Pyramidal and Common Spotted Orchid also the nationally rare Red Hemp Nettle. Butterflies and insects should be abundant including the Marbled White butterfly.

Walking is easy on the flat floor of the quarry. The reserve is exposed so protection will be needed as we would hope to have a sunny day.

Leaders: Joan Dobson and Margaret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost: £10

Sefton Coast

Tuesday 27th June, 2017

Our annual visit to Sefton Coast will take us initially to a "new" area of sand dunes nearer to Southport and afterwards onto Birkdale Green Beach, which we visited a few years ago. As last year, we will commence our day at Pat Lockwood's house and hope to eat our lunches in her delightful garden. Philip Smith will join us there.

Afterwards we will follow them to the Selworthy Road area, where we hope to find orchids and other plants. From the sand dunes we will walk onto the Green Beach, which is a delight at every step. Our return to Bradford will be later than usual, mid-evening, after tea and cakes back at Pat's house, (all contributions of cakes from our excellent bakers are welcome!).

Leaders: Pat Lockwood, Philip Smith. Coordinator: Joan Dobson.
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £12

Low Moor, Bradford

Tuesday 20th June, 2017
Dealburn Road

Today's outing will be to two sites in the Low Moor area of Bradford. In the morning we will explore a new site off Dealburn Road, (grid.ref.SE164280).On this date last year Southern Marsh Orchids and Bee Orchids were discovered on the site. There are other interesting plants and the site is good for avian and insect life also. We will park at the far end of Dealburn Road near the roundabout.

After a lunch stop at Woodlands Cricket Club (toilet facilities available), we will proceed to Railway Terrace Nature Reserve, (grid.ref.SE166284), which we haven’t visited for five years. Walking is fairly easy on both sites and no great distances are involved. We will be accompanied on both sites by Martyn Priestley, who is known to some of our group and who records the wildlife in the Low Moor area.

Leader: Martyn Priestley. Coordinator: Joan Dobson.
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £5.

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

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


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


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


Upper Teesdale; extended day out

Tuesday 16th May, 2017

BEES last visited Upper Teesdale in May 2009. Today we return for another chance to see spring gentians and other plants such as moonwort, birds-eye primrose and mountain pansy at Moor House National Nature Reserve. The linear route total distance to Cauldron Spout is about 3 miles, though the botanists may not make it all the way. On our last visit we were lucky enough to see ring ouzel and woodcock. We plan to call at High Force on the way home.  

The area is very exposed (over 1,500 ft) so please wear warm clothing. 

We will stop at the Tiger Inn near Knaresborough for food on the way home. Menus will be circulated in advance; we will limit our meal to a main course so bring extra food with you on the day if you need think you will need more. 

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

Birds and Bird Cherry in the Washburn Valley

Tuesday 9th May, 2017

The sheltered valley between Lindley Wood Reservoir and Swinsty Reservoir is noted for its nesting birds in springtime. We may not see them but their presence will be confirmed by the beautiful bird song. We will almost certainly see a buzzard, a herd of goats and wildfowl. Bird cherry should be in flower at this time. Two walks are proposed- the longer walk will be 4 miles (for birders and walkers) and will take in the full valley. The shorter walk of 2 miles is designed for botanists and strollers. Both walks are on the flat. Our starting point is on the left hand side of the road before Lindley bridge Grid ref 498209 (please note parking is very limited, minibus travel advisable),

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


Leathley Lanes

Tuesday 2nd May, 2017
near pool in Wharfedale

Our Spring ramble starts at the village of Leathley (grid ref 233470).

We follow a green lane to Riffa Wood were we will to cross a stream into the wood to see the bluebells (there is a slight chance the stream will be too deep for some people to cross). We will then take another lane where we will stop for lunch, which will bring us onto Stainburn Lane and down to our starting point at Leathley. There is one fairly easy style. The walk is approx 4 easy miles.

Toilet stops will be a diversion to Stephen Smiths garden centre before and after the walk.

Leaders; Alice Gingell and Marilyn Barber
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 7