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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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


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