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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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.

Malham Tarn

Tuesday 4th August, 2015

For this visit we will use the car park at the southern end of the tarn, GR SD895657. We are hoping for better weather than previous years so that we can reach the boardwalk across the fen to the north of the tarn. On the way we will pass through different habitats with totally different flora. We start across grassland, then go onto the track between two parts of Ha Mire and finally into mixed woodland leading to the Field centre. Before reaching the boardwalk we can visit the bird hide for views across the tarn. Once on the boardwalk we must keep to the path. We will retrace our steps back to the car park, a total distance of about 4 miles but fairly easy walking. Toilets will be accessed in main car park in Malham.  

Leaders: Alice Gingell and Janet Mawson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £8


Ledston Luck & Roach Lime Hills, East Leeds

Tuesday 28th July, 2015

We will explore two reserves in East Leeds situated on magnesian limestone, both NEW to the group. Ledston Luck previously was a coal pit and closed in1986. It has been developed as a nature reserve including meadow, ponds and woodland. 4000+common spotted orchids were recorded in 2013, as well as southern marsh, hybrids and bee orchids. There is a variety of pond life including dragonflies. The woodland and scrub are home to breeding birds such as grasshopper warbler. Roach Lime Hills SSSI is a privately owned calcareous grassland containing rock rose, thyme, milkwort, eyebright and fairy flax. Toilet facilities will be available at Kippax leisure centre, Station Road, Kippax; which will be our meeting point for the day out. (Grid ref SE409301). Easy walking. 

Coordinator: Margaret Rees Leader: Kate Phillips YWT
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7


Hutton Roof Crags, Cumbria WT site and NNR

Tuesday 21st July, 2015

It is many years since BEES WFV group has visited Hutton Roof, however the conservation volunteers make regular winter trips to help with the woodland management, to improve the butterfly habitats. The trip will start on Clawthorpe Road (GR: SD 543 783), to the NW of the hill.  We will visit open limestone grassland, coppice woodland and limestone pavement to look for plants and butterflies. This is a good time for High Brown Fritillary, weather permitting. The terrain is relatively arduous – uphill and uneven and the limestone underfoot can be slippery, but we will progress as a group at the speed of the botanists (i.e. slowly). We will walk several miles, and depending on progress, may reach the trig point. Ticks are present; wear long trousers and bring insect repellent. 

Leader: Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £10


Scargill House, Upper Wharfedale

Tuesday 14th July, 2015

We will return to Scargill House to enjoy the scenery of Upper Wharfedale and the great variety of lime loving plants growing in the environs of the centre. The plants will include common spotted orchid, betony, bloody cranesbill, common rockrose and fairy flax. Butterflies should be on the wing. There will be up-hill walking followed by walking along terraces. There are facilities at the centre. 

Coordinator: Margaret Rees Leaders: Hugh & Lisa Firman
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £8


Extended Day Out: Sheffield Sites

Tuesday 7th July, 2015

This will be a day of two halves. We will start the day exploring urban wildlife sites on reclaimed industrial sites with wetland and meadows (Blackburn Meadows and Centenary Riverside, Rotherham). These lie adjacent to Tinsley Canal and the River Don. The sites are small and fairly flat. There are no seats in the hides at Blackburn Meadows, from which the fenced off lakes are viewed.

In the afternoon we will visit Carr House Meadows, a varied traditional meadow north of Sheffield. The site is on a slope and accessed over a high stile, but the walking distance does not need to be far. Some areas of the meadow are wet. There will be an opportunity to extend the walk to include woodland and reservoir.

We will access toilets during the day. We will stop for a pub meal at The Sovereign, Shepley on our return journey, for which advance bookings will be necessary. You will receive a menu if you book this trip, indication price £11.95

Leader: Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £8

Ballowfield LNR & other local sites – Wensleydale

Tuesday 30th June, 2015

Ballowfield is an old lead mining site which is easily accessible. (Grid ref SE988892) It contains a special group of plants that are lead tolerant, the metallophytes, which include spring sandwort, alpine pennycress and Pyrenean scurvy grass. Also present are thrift, moonwort, common rockrose and lichens. Orchids grow along the river course. The reserve is on a moderately steep slope which should not be too difficult. We will complete our day with a visit to other local site(s) to look at summer meadow flora.  A toilet stop will be arranged. 

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


Jervaulx Abbey and River Ure

Tuesday 23rd June, 2015

It is seven years since our group visited Jervaulx Abbey in Wensleydale. We will park in the car park (SE168857) which is on the opposite side of the road to the entrance to the Abbey grounds. Adjoining the car park is an excellent tea-room and toilets. The Abbey ruins and grassy areas support a huge number of wonderful plants.

For those members of the group whose main interest is not botany, a circular walk will be organised along the riverside from the car park. 

Leaders: Joan Dobson, Robert Waind and Sue Zajaczkowska
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £10