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.

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Extended day out to Foulshaw Moss & Meathop Moss, South Cumbria

Tuesday 19th July, 2016

Tuesday 19th July

Today we are visiting two Cumbria Wildlife Trust sites near the tip of Morecambe Bay. For the past few years Ospreys have nested at Foulshaw Moss, which will be our first stopping point (grid ref SD 458 837).We hope to get views of the chicks in the nest from the viewing platform ,this is several 100m from the nest so telescopes will be needed. You can watch the nest on a live webcam for a sneak (and close-up) preview – search for Foulshaw Ospreys on the internet.  

In recent years CWT have been working to restore the wetland habitat by removing conifers and increasing water levels. There has been a gradual improvement in the abundance of bog vegetation and associated insects. We will be led by the CWT warden on a short, flat walk around the boardwalks.  

We will also visit nearby Meathop Moss where we should see similar species. Again the walking will be flat and short. There are no toilet facilities at the reserves but we will stop at Kirkby Lonsdale on the way and call for a chip supper at either Settle or Skipton on the way home.

Leaders: Julia Pearson, Margaret Rees and Madeleine Massey (meal)
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £11


Cromwell Bottom, Calderdale

Tuesday 12th July, 2016

This reserve is bounded by the River Calder & the Calder & Hebble Canal & is on reclaimed industrial land. We will be guided around sensitive parts of the reserve not normally accessible to members of the public. Special plants we hope to see are the rare Yellow Birdsnest & Round-leaved Wintergreen. The site is very good for dragonflies & has a good variety of birds, particularly warblers. Toilet facilities are a few minutes away from the Angler's Car park.

Leader: John Gavaghan   Advisor: Hugh Firman
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7

Slaidburn & Stocks Reservoir

Tuesday 5th July, 2016

We will be on the edge of the Forest of Bowland for today’s visit. We will park in the car park in Slaidburn (Grid Ref SD 7136 5235) where we can use the toilets before setting off on a two mile circular walk of the Bell Sykes Hay Meadows. We will be accompanied by the Bowland Hay Time Project officer. We start off alongside the river before crossing into the meadow area where we expect to see a fine display of wildflowers.  The walk takes us up hill, a steady climb on good paths, to Bell Sykes farm, where we eat our lunch. Tea and cake may possibly be available for a donation.

Above the farm are open fields, before the descent through areas that have been regenerated as hay meadows as part of the Coronation Meadows Project. There is a short section of path that we can expect to be wet whatever the weather. There are a couple of ladder stiles and the final descent is relatively steep and uneven, but not long so can be taken slowly.   

Once we have completed this walk we will drive a short distance to Stocks Reservoir. We plan to visit the churchyard which is managed for wildflowers, and walk along the banks of the reservoir.          

Leaders: Julia Pearson, Joan Dobson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £10


Wharram Percy & Wharram Quarry

Tuesday 28th June, 2016

The medieval deserted village of Wharram Percy is on the western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. (car park Grid Ref.SE 867645). The walk is no longer than 3 miles but has a quite steep section and can be muddy. Farm livestock is likely to be on the path. Stout footwear is essential and, as the area is exposed, be prepared for any kind of weather.

Wharram Quarry is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust species rich grassland site. We may find three types of orchid, thistle broomrape, restharrow and if very lucky, the endangered red hemp-nettle. On a sunny day butterflies abound: buzzards, linnets and yellow hammers may also be flying. Toilet stop on route.

Leaders: Alice Gingell, Joan Dobson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £10


Langcliffe & Stainforth

Tuesday 21st June, 2016

Our destination is the picturesque village of Langcliffe (grid ref.SD823651) which is a few miles north of Settle. We will take a circular route with fairly level walking of about 3.5 to 4 miles in total. (There are some stiles along the route, but nothing too challenging). There will be plenty of interest; industrial architecture, botanical, avian, as well as butterflies & dragonflies. From Langcliffe we will take field paths and tracks towards Stainforth. It is on this section of the walk that we will see remains of Lime Kilns and infrastructure including the famous Hoffman Lime Kiln. Also here is the large quarry under Stainforth Scar, where the peregrines nest (binoculars needed). Toilets are available in Stainforth. Our return route takes us past Stainforth Force and along the river on the Ribble Way, where the path may be muddy in places.

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



Tuesday 14th June, 2016
Allerton Bywater

Today we will be continuing our exploration of the S.E. Leeds sites which are owned by Leeds City Council and managed in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Letchmire Pastures at Allerton Bywater (WF10 2BW) is a 13 hectare site on low lying land near the River Aire, which was a former coal-stocking area. It consists of ponds, wet grassland, grassland scrub and hedgerows. The site is good for bird-watching; Lapwing, Common Snipe and Ringed Plover nest here and many other birds can be seen. The site was originally landscaped by Leeds City Council and the soil which was translocated contained rare plant species such as Grass Vetchling, Wood Small-reed and serval Orchid species. (Map ref. SE424274)

We will access toilets at Kippax Leisure Centre before the walk. 

Leader: John Gavaghan
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7


Tuesday 7th June, 2016

These two sites situated on the edge of the Dalby Forest will be full of floral, insect and birding interest. (Grid references: Chafer Wood SE899 832, Ellerburn Bank SE853 860). Among the special species we will look out for include fly orchid, bluebell, goldilocks buttercup, leopard’s bane, wild cherry, adder, and redstart. Both sites have archaeological interest including an ancient pinfold, a cairn and dyke at Chafer Wood: a Bronze Age double bank and ditch at Ellerburn Bank. We will arrange for toilet calls as required at Thornton Dale. 

The walking will be easy and no more than 3 miles in total.

A meal will be arranged at the Black Bull in Escrick before returning to Bradford in the late evening. 

Leaders:  Joan Dobson and Madeleine Massey
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £11 


Tuesday 31st May, 2016

Our morning visit is to Grimwith Reservoir, parking in the reservoir car park (SE063640). The purpose of this visit is not to walk the whole way around the reservoir but to seek out bird life along the south and west banks of the reservoir or to search for Adders-tongue ferns along the north bank. We will divide into two groups for this purpose and we may or may not be successful in our quests! Please be aware that Grimwith Reservoir is in a very exposed location about 300 metres above sea level so you will need to dress accordingly.

The second part of the outing will be to Trollers Gill, parking at the side of the minor road near Parcevall Hall (SE068615) so approaching Trollers Gill from the south along the valley of Skyreholme Beck. There should be much botanical interest along the valley at this time of year. There are toilets at Grimwith Reservoir.

Leaders: Stuart Tordoff, Joan Dobson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £8


Tuesday 24th May, 2016

A Walk of 4-4½ miles starting from Airton Mill. SD 904 593. Good botanical potential on the outward route which is flat and follows the river using public footpaths and the Pennine Way. Two easy stiles and a section of road walking are involved. Kirkby Malham Church is worth a visit. Two options will be available for the return: a) retracing the outward route or b) field paths involving steps and stiles over undulating farmland parts of which could be wet and muddy. Toilets stop on route. There is a nearby tearoom should we wish to visit. 

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



Tuesday 17th May, 2016

After our recent visit to the banks of the River Wharfe in March, we will be walking again alongside the river for part of today’s outing. Starting from Wetherby, we will take a circular route of about 3½ miles, following the river at first and later along a disused railway line. Much of the route is on fairly level ground with only one stile. There should be both botanical and avian interest, especially along the riverside.

The walk starts from the Wilderness Car Park, Bridgefoot, Wetherby LS22 6RF. If you are coming by car, please contact leaders for parking information. Toilets will be accessed before the walk. 

Leaders: Marilyn and Robert Barber
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7