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

Leighton Moss RSPB, by train

Leighton Moss RSPB, near Carnforth.

This visit will be a stark contrast to our sultry September visit (not just the weather - no cheap tickets this time I'm afraid!), but we have had many enjoyable winter days at Leighton Moss.

It is a chance to observe the winter ducks and waders, and the woodland birds. In the past we have been lucky enough to have good views of otters at this time of year. If there are starlings about then the train times will allow us to watch if there is a murmuration. 

This is a long day out - though you can adjust your travel to suit you if you prefer. 


near Knaresborough

We have been visiting this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve (grid ref: SE369630) for many years and there is always something of interest whatever the time of year.  

There are 2 lagoons; other habitats include fen, grassland, wet pasture and copse, and there are 3 bird hides.  Spring flowers should be showing.  A toilet stop will be organised on route as there are no facilities on site.

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

 Prince of Wales Park, Bingley - CANCELLED


Part of this site is a formal park recently renovated; the top of the park is woodland and heather moorland.  

It is alongside Park Road with Lady Lane forming the bottom boundary and Heights lane the top boundary. 
Leader: John Gavaghan

No minibus transport.  Meet 10.30am at the top entrance on Park Road near to the Junction of Warren Lane. Bingley to Eldwick bus 616 from Bingley station or 622/623 (please check) stops on Park Road close to entrance.   Cost £3

Boston Spa - CANCELLED

near Wetherby

We will repeat the successful walk of 2016.

The circular route in Boston Spa (grid ref SE431455) is about 3 miles on good paths and pavements. From the High Street we will take the riverside path which offers good views up and down the river. Steps lead to a cliff top designated as a site of Ecological and Scientific Importance (SEGI). After traversing the wooded area of Deepdale we will return to the High Street. There are interesting buildings and St Mary’s Church is worth a visit. Toilets and cafes are available. 

Gouthwaite Reservoir


We return to Gouthwaite Reservoir after an eight year absence.

There are 4 viewing platforms overlooking the reservoir. In particular we will look for wildfowl on the reservoir and birds of prey overhead. There will be some road walking when extra care needs to be taken. Walking distance no more than 3 miles on reasonable terrain.

Leaders: Margaret Rees and Madeleine Massey
Minibus transport, depart Unitarian Church 9.30. Cost £ 8

Blacktoft Sands, RSPB

Humber Estuary

Blacktoft Sands is on the Humber Estuary, it is England's largest intertidal reedbed, home to Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tits and Bittern.

Six shallow saline lagoons provide habitat for hundreds of Teal and Wigeon, and other species. Winter highlights can include Marsh Harriers coming in to roost, and Peregrine and Barn Owl hunting, so we hope to stay on site till late afternoon. 

There are toilets at the reserve, a number of hides and surfaced level paths. Entrance charges apply for non-RSPB members. 

Leighton Moss, RSPB

near Carnforth, Silverdale

One of the leading wetland reserves in the north, we can expect to see a range of ducks and waders, as well as birds of prey such as Peregrine Falcons and Marsh Harriers.

New Year Social and planning for 2020         12.30-4pm

Unitarian Church, Russell St BD5

We will gather at the Unitarian Church to share a review of 2019 and plan for trips in 2020.

This is an opportunity to share your ideas for trips in the summer. Please bring food to share.

Coordinators:  Alice Gingell and Sally Tetlow        
Meet at Unitarian Church, Russell Street, BD5.        12.30-4pm            Cost £ 3

New Year Walk on the canal at Brighouse

Our walk today will take us from the centre of Brighouse, along the canal, to Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve.  

This is a level walk with plenty of interest along the canalside where goosanders have been seen as well as other wildfowl.  We have visited the reserve before which is a well managed site offering a variety of different habitats for wildlife.  The distance is about 2 miles to the reserve but members are free to walk as far as they feel able and then retrace their steps to Brighouse where there are numerous cafes/pubs.  Dress appropriately for the weather.