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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New Year Walk; Harewood Circular

Tuesday 10th January, 2017

The New Year walk will take us on a 5 mile circuit around the Harewood Estate. For the most part we will be walking on gravelled paths; the route is fairly level apart from a couple of medium slopes. There are no stiles. We haven’t visited the area since 2010 and can expect to see Red Kites and other birds of prey as well as woodland birds. Herds of deer should be another welcome sight. Toilets will be accessed en route. We will park in Harewood village on the roadside of the A659 towards Collingham. Wrap up warmly!

Leader:  Donald Lightowler
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 7


Christmas Meal

Tuesday 13th December, 2016

10am A selection of digital images from members at the Unitarian Church, Little Horton 

PM    We are planning to have our Christmas meal at the Calverley Arms Hotel

Transport from the Unitarian church to the meal will be available 

Details will be sent to those showing interest at a later date.

Coordinators:  Meal: Marilyn Barber Meeting: Margaret Rees 

Mystery Outing

Tuesday 22nd November, 2016
who knows!

As usual our final outing of the year will be a mystery! The distance covered will not be great. Please make the usual preparations for a day out in the field at this time of year. Departure is from the Unitarian Church Little Horton Bradford (no pickups en route).  

Leaders : Margaret Rees & Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 6


Planning Meeting

Tuesday 15th November, 2016
YMCA Thornton Road

Planning Meeting 10am, at YMCA Thornton Road.  


Cunnery Wood, Shibden

Tuesday 1st November, 2016

Following our mystery trip here last year, we noted a variety of interesting fungi in the wood, hence the reason for our decision to make this our venue for this year’s foray. We will travel directly to Shibden Park where toilets are available. There are good level paths to the wood with a not too steep hill to climb. Within the wood the paths are reasonably good. Mud could be a problem at this time of year and there are a couple of not too steep slopes to negotiate. For those who do not wish to participate in the foray, admission to Shibden Hall is available for a charge. There are also extensive walks around the park and a café is on site if required.

Leader: Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 6


Stainforth Force

Tuesday 18th October, 2016

Our main aim today is to watch the salmon leaping at Stainforth Force. We will park in Stainforth (toilets in car park) and make the half mile walk to the waterfalls. We will then be stationary for some time so come dressed for the less active pastime of hoping to see the fish. We will then walk along the river for just over a mile to look for birds and signs of autumn, meeting the minibus at Langcliffe weir. 

On the way home, striking a different note, we plan to visit Giggleswick School Chapel, which comes highly recommended. 

Leaders: Julia Pearson and Robert Waind
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 8


Morecambe and Hest Bank

Tuesday 4th October, 2016

Following our “taster” to this area in March 2015, we are returning this autumn and will arrive just before high tide which is at 12.59 pm, therefore we ought to get good views of the waders, etc. as the tide recedes. We plan to park in the promenade car park and walk along the promenade for about 1 mile. There are several shelters for a lunch-stop in case of inclement weather and toilets not far from the car park. Then we will take the minibus to Hest Bank, parking on the foreshore across the railway tracks and from there we will enjoy another linear walk. A café with toilets is available here. Don’t forget binoculars.

Leaders: Stuart Tordoff & Gillian Tordoff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 10


Denaby Ings YWT Reserve

Tuesday 20th September, 2016
South Yorkshire

We haven’t visited this YWT reserve for some considerable time. It is located in S Yorkshire SE496008 adjacent to the River Dearne which flows into the River Don. Sprotborough Flash is nearby. There are a variety of habitats: open water with 3 hides, water meadows, woodland, scrub and hedgerows. Mining subsidence has caused permanent water areas to form where the River Dearne once flowed and the reserve has an important role in the water management of the river. Our visit will be between seasons so we can look out for late summer flowers, butterflies, waders, migrating birds and birds of prey. Walking is easy on the flat with some wet patches.

Leaders: Margaret Rees & Joan Dobson  
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £8


Towneley Hall and Park, Burnley

Tuesday 6th September, 2016

The Park (post code BB11 3RQ) is owned and managed by Burnley Borough Council and comprises 440 acres on the outskirts of Burnley. The Hall, which was the home of the Towneley family for more than 500 years, is at the southern end of the Park and is Burnley’s art gallery and museum. It is open from 12pm to 5 pm and the entry fee is £ 4 (free to children, students & Burnley residents). There is car parking near the Hall which is £ 1 per day, pay & display. Nearby are toilets & an excellent café.

The Park has a range of habitats. There are 24 acres of broadleaved woodland with access paths, also grassland, wetlands and 3 ponds. The river Calder runs through the centre of the Park. Of special interest is the Deer Pond, which was Burnley’s first nature reserve and is an important site for dragonflies & damselflies.

Leaders: Joan Dobson & Margaret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £ 8 

Ledsham Bank and Fairburn Ings

Tuesday 23rd August, 2016

Our day will start with a brief visit to Ledsham Bank (grid ref SE461300) to see Autumn Lady’s Tresses and other flowers.  We will park in a gateway opposite the entrance to the reserve. From there we will travel to Fairburn Ings  N.R. Visitor Centre for a toilet stop only.  We will park at Lin Dyke for a circular walk of less than 2 miles on the new wildlife path where there should be botanical interest.

Leaders:  John Gavaghan & Stuart Tordoff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £ 7