Previous Field Trips

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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Wildlife Field Visits - Past

West Tanfield and Nosterfield

We are hoping to see wild aconite, yellow star of Bethlehem and a good display of snowdrops alongside of the River Ure at West Tanfield before moving on to Nosterfield LNR where hides provide protection and bird species should be in good number.  Strong footwear is recommended at West Tanfield.  Toilets present.
Leader; Alice Gingell  
Minibus transport; depart Culture Fusion 9.10am*/Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Rawdon pickup.       Cost £11

Indoor Social at Culture Fusion

Join us for an indoor Social at Culture Fusion. Members will be showing photographs of wildlife from their travels and we will review the trips from 2023. It will also be an opportunity to contribute to the planning for the 2024 programmes. Bring food to be added to a buffet spread. Hot drinks provided.          
Culture Fusion 12 for 12.30 start 3.30 finish


For our first outing of 2024 we will be repeating a 3½ mile stroll at Gargrave, following in the footsteps of the walk Donald led us on in 2019. This comes as a timely opportunity for us to remember Donald, and celebrate the 
wonderful contribution he made to our group over many years. 

Blacktoft Sands RSPB

We are regular visitors to Blacktoft Sands, but today's trip is timed to watch the birds at dusk. Often at this time of year the harriers gather in notable numbers to roost in the reedbeds, so we will stay until dusk falls, guessing we will be setting off home at about 4pm. The reserve has a number of hides and walking is easy on flat surfaced paths. There are toilets, but no cafe facilities. The entrance fee for non-members is £5.

Leader: Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Culture Fusion 9.10am/Unitarian Church 9.30am Cost £12 Pick up at Low Moor. 

Black Park

Embsay Moor Rd - Halton Heights

This is an excellent site for waxcap fungi. It is on the highest section of the Barden to Embsay road & sits above Lower Barden Reservoir. There is ample free car parking along the road. We will park at the largest of those on the very top of the hill.
We will begin by examining the area alongside the car park before heading downhill to the hard track that leads towards the reservoir. There is also fungal interest on the sides of this track, indeed throughout the entire site.
It is one of the few local sites for the Cedarwood Waxcap

Raw Nook NR, Low Moor

During our visit to this site in June, the warden, Martyn Priestley informed us that it is worth checking out the fungi in October. We are following up on his suggestion and he will be with us to lead us around the site.  Walking is all on the flat & we will not be going far.  As was the case in June, we will make our own individual transport arrangements.

Leader: John Gavaghan      
Own Transport meet: 10.30am Railway Terrace where parking is available (opposite Low Moor Railway Station)

Stainforth to Langcliffe

We will start at the car park in Stainforth village and head down to Stainforth Falls. This outing is timed with the hope that the salmon will be leaping, so we hope the weather and water levels are in our favour. We will then walk, along the riverbank towards Langcliffe, crossing the weir and skirting the reservoir, back towards Langcliffe, approximately 2 miles. There will be an option of a minibus transfer if you do not wish to walk. The footpath can be muddy and slippery in wet weather, and there are a couple of stiles on the route.

Tree Trail onto Ilkley Moor

We will visit 35 trees in Darwin Gardens and on the lower moor following a booklet written by Sue and Neil Stevens.  The trail is about 1.5 miles and starts at Darwin Gardens Car Park. There is a rough and steep section but the group could divide to avoid this and re-join to complete the walk.      Toilets are available at White Wells.

Leader: Alice Gingell
Minibus transport; depart Culture Fusion 9.10am/Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost £7 Pick up Branch

North Cave Wetlands YWT reserve

East Yorkshire

This is one of our favourite reserves on account of the wildlife seen on previous visits including birds, flora, dragonflies, butterflies, fungi and even a grass snake. Also the ease of viewing birdlife from the hides. Our visit will coincide with the end of summer and beginning of autumn. There is an easy walk around the perimeter of the main lakes. An additional wetland has been created adjacent to Dryham Lane and a straw bale hide overlooks a flooded quarry. Lots to see. A popular mobile café is on site until 2 30pm and a composting toilet available.