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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Planning Meeting 10a.m.

Tuesday 24th November, 2015
YMCA, Thornton Road

Roundhay Park, Leeds

Tuesday 17th November, 2015
Grid Ref: SE383331
We plan to do a circular walk of not more than 3 miles in Roundhay Park, Leeds, starting from the Mansion House. There are two lakes, woodland and parkland to explore. We should see wintering birds on the lakes, also the Upper Lake is a safe haven for the white crayfish. Walking will be on the gravel paths in the main with some muddy footpaths. Easy walking. There are good toilet and café facilities.

Leaders: Margaret Rees et al

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £6

Strid Woods

Tuesday 3rd November, 2015
A lovely autumn walk to see the colours of the trees and bird life in the woods. We will park at the Cavendish Pavilion and do a circular walk of 4 – 5 miles, a shorter walk is available for anyone who wishes to do so. Fairly easy walking with some slopes and there may be mud in places. Café and toilet facilities are available.

Leaders: Madeleine Massey and Alice Gingall

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7

Judy Woods

Tuesday 20th October, 2015
Wyke, Bradford. We will be parking on Station Road.

Our visit today will take in the ancient woodland of Judy Woods which borders the Calderdale and Bradford borough boundaries.  These woods have a great deal of fascinating history having once been extensively mined to provide fuel for the local Low Moor Iron Company, sadly no longer in existence.  At this time of year we will concentrate on fungi and hopefully conditions will be such to provide a successful foray.  Bird life should also be plentiful with jays, nuthatches, tree-creepers, great spotted woodpeckers and other woodland species in evidence.  The walking will be easy on the “Access for All” footpath plus other well-maintained paths; distance approx. 2-3 miles.  

Leader: Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £5

Old Moor RSPB Reserve and Adwick Washlands

Tuesday 6th October, 2015
Dearne Valley

We will return to one of our favourite reserves at this time of year when good numbers of golden plover will be gathering.  They provide a spectacular sight more especially when the sun is shining.  First of all we will make a short visit to Adwick Washlands, a site with pools and meadow managed by the RSPB and only 10 minutes away from the visitor centre.  Admission is free for RSPB members & a charge for non-RSPB members.  Café and toilet facilities on site.

Leader:   Margaret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £8


Ripley Castle Walled garden and Deer Park

Tuesday 22nd September, 2015

Ripley Castle grounds are a pleasant place to visit at any time of the year.  In autumn we can especially enjoy the herbaceous borders and vegetable garden with its unusual vegetables and fruit trees. There is a circular walk in the deer park around the ornamental lake.  The veteran trees are magnificent.  Easy walking.  Toilets and a tea room are available.

Cost of entry:  Adult £7, Concession £6, member of HHA or RHS free with card.

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

Blacktoft Sands, RSPB Reserve, Humber Estuary

Tuesday 8th September, 2015
Grid ref SE43232

Blacktoft Sands, situated on the south side of the Humber Estuary, has the largest reed bed in the country and is the home to a number of interesting birds including Marsh Harrier, Bittern and Bearded Tit.  More recently a Montague’s Harrier has bred on the reserve.  At this time of year it will provide refuge for migrating birds, mainly waders.  There are 6 hides and the access path is level.  Toilet facilities on site. (Limited refreshments, hot & cold drinks, snacks available).  The area is exposed so be prepared.  Admission free for R.S.P.B members & a charge for non RSPB members.

Leader: Stuart Tordoff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £10

Rodley Nature Reserve

Tuesday 25th August, 2015

Rodley Nature Reserve needs no introduction as we have visited many times and at different times of the year, but it is always very rewarding. Late August should be a good time to see dragonflies over the ponds, flowers and butterflies and even some early fungi. The visitor centre will be open for hot drinks etc. with room to eat indoors or out, with nearby toilet facilities. 

Leader: June Ackroyd
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £6

Water’s Edge Country Park, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve

Tuesday 18th August, 2015

This reserve is situated on the south side of the Humber estuary near to the Humber Bridge. We have made two visits in the past and enjoyed the variety of plants and birds seen along the side of the estuary, by the lakes and woodland. Some of the plants we are likely to see are sea aster, sea buckthorn, ploughman’s spikenard and button weed. There is an excellent visitor’s centre where we will start the day. The site is exposed so be prepared i.e. sun cream and sun hat are necessary. 

Coordinator: Margaret Rees Leaders: Angela & Stuart Buckle
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £11


Planning Meeting

Tuesday 11th August, 2015
Culture Fusion, 125 Thornton Road, BD1 2EP
The planning meeting for the autumn programme starts at 10am in the BEES office. Everyone is welcome.