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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Old Moor RSPB Reserve

Tuesday 21st March, 2017

The reserve is a BEES favourite and is a relatively safe destination in the event of inclement weather. New areas of the reserve have been opened up recently for waders, so we can expect to see a good number and variety of birds. There are plenty of hides, level walking, a visitor centre with a café, toilets and shop. Don’t forget binoculars, telescopes and cameras. There will be a charge for non-RSPB members.  

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


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tuesday 7th March, 2017

We will visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is internationally famous for its open air sculptures as well as its galleries. We would plan to view the nesting herons as well as some early spring flowers. Toilets and a café are in the main visitor centre. Entry is free. The cost of car parking will be included in the cost of the trip.

Coordinator: Margaret Rees    
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £9 (includes parking costs)

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.