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There are just a few days left for you to join the forestry conversation
Following the change in decision to sell off public forests, The Independent Panel on Forestry has launched a "call for views" which ends on 31st July 2011. You can read more about this on the Woodland Trust website.

Big Butterfly Count. Spend 15 minutes in a sunny place and count the number of butterflies you see - but you must do it by the 31st July.  Butterfly Conservation have produced an id guide to help you. You can search the results to see what other people have seen across the country or even narrowinging it down to Bradford sightings. Check out their website.

Wildlife Wanders Programme Update

Wildlife Wanders is a new project funded by Big Lottery Awards 4 All programme. The aim of the project is to introduce new audiences to wildlife, whilst also giving people already involved a chance to learn more. There will be a mix of practical skills training and species identification.

The first few dates of the Wildlife Wanders programme have been confirmed as:

* Wednesday 13/7/11 5.30pm (or meet YMCA 5.00pm) Moorland Flowers and Birds

Baildon Moor, Top Car Park, Bingley Road.

A chance to visit the area of moorland that BEES have been controlling the bracken for several years. This visit will give us a chance to look in more detail at the moorland plants and birds.

* Wednesday 20/7/11 5.30 – 7.30pm Wildlife Recording with West Yorkshire Ecology

YMCA Building, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD5 0JG.

West Yorkshire Ecology will lead us through the natural history records held by the service, how we can access them and submit our own records in the future.

* Saturday 23/7/11 3 – 5pm Dragonflies and Damselflies

BEES Urban Nature Reserve, University Campus, Laisteridge Lane.

Steve Warrillow will lead this session at BEES UNR, which has two well developed ponds. We hope for a good number of dragonflies and damselflies for us to learn about and how to identify.

* Wednesday 27/7/11 8.00 - 10.30(approx) Bat Walk

Ian Butterfield will lead a walk to discover and identify bats in Roberts Park and the surrounding area. There wil be refreshments and an introduction about bats in the Half Moon cafe before we set off at around dusk.

Other elements of the programme are to be finalised but provisional dates are:

* Saturday 6/8/11 3 – 6pm

*Wednesday 10/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm

* Wednesday 17/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm

* Saturday 20/8/11 3 – 6pm

* Wednesday 24/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm

* Wednesday 31/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm

* Saturday 3/9/11 3 – 6pm

Topics to include: Urban sites, Flowers, Grasses, Insects, Moorland plants and Lichens

* Transport will be provided from the YMCA to the venues. Please contact the office to reserve a seat on the minibus

Wildlife Wanders

I can now confirm the first few dates of the Wildlife Wanders programme:

  • Wednesday 20/7/11 5.30 – 7.30pm Wildlife Recording led by West Yorkshire Ecology
  • Saturday 23/7/11 3 – 5pm Dragonflies and Damselflies at BEES UNR led by Steve Warrillow
  • Wednesday 27/7/11 8pm(tbc) Bat Walk at Roberts Park led by Ian Butterfield

Other elements are to be finalised but provisional dates are: 

  • Wednesday 13/7/11 time(tbc) Baildon Moor
  • Saturday 6/8/11 3 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 10/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 17/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 20/8/11 3 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 24/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 31/8/11 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 3/9/11 3 – 6pm

Topics to include: Urban site Flowers Grasses Insects Moorland plants Lichens

  • Please contact the office to reserve a seat on the minibus 
  • Transport will be provided from the YMCA to the venues

BEES Funding

We have received confirmation that our grant from the Council's Community Funding Unit has been extended until March 2012, with an 8.8% reduction from last year. This grant covers about 45% of the costs of the conservation volunteer programme, the wildlife field visits and a range of other community environmental education projects and events. We still have a significant task to raise more funds but the CFU grant gives us a great basis to build on.

Blossom Day Friday 6th May 2011 Bowling Park Community Orchard

Between 11-3 come and enjoy the orchard's tree blossom spectacle. We will carry out our spring maintenance tasks and there may be activities for visiting groups. Contact the office for further information.

Find out more about the orchard including directions here

P.S. fingers crossed there will be blossom on the trees - I have seen some already and it is only mid April! However it will still be a lovely time to visit the orchard

Wildlife Wanders Programme

BEES have received a grant from Big Lottery Fund to expand its current education wildlife programme. The project is called Wildlife Wanders and will offer practical maintenance skills training, walks, activities and species identification in the local environment. Participants will have the opportunity to develop skills and a greater understanding of conservation and the environment. The programme will be discussed at the User Forum on Friday and as dates are arranged will be published on the website. Contact Nick at BEES for more information.

Friday 1st April 2011 BEES User Forum - YMCA Building, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD5 0JG

After the task today we are holding a USER FORUM to discuss funding the situation, as well as a new summer project called Wildlife Wanders and a potential Residential. Please try and attend as this is your opportunity to discuss the issues.

Friday 17th September: BEES 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT

We are delighted to reach the milestone 25 years of environmental work in the District. 

We will start to celebrate this achievement by touring some of the sites that we have worked on over the years.

Then in the evening we will continue the celebration by holding a social gathering at the YMCA Building.

Thursday 19th August 2010 Extra Task Day - Redcliffe Community Orchard, Keighley

We have been requested to visit the orchard and cut the grass. This will allow the community association to use the site for apple themed activities and is an excellent opportunity to revisit the site and see how well the trees are growing.

** Depart at 9.30am YMCA Building, please let us know if you wish to attend **

Goodbye To Raquel!

Raquel's last cakeRaquel's last cakeOn Friday, we said a farewell to Raquel. Raquel has been a volunteer with us for the past 10 months. She joined us as part of the Everything's Possible programme and quickly established herself as a core member of our team. Raquel worked on all aspects of BEES projects often putting in more time than was required. She got on well with everybody at the YMCA and will be remembered fondly. Raquel also specialised in cakes and no occassion went by without a themed cake, not least her own last day with a beaming Cheshire cat Thank you cake. We would like to express our thanks to Raquel and wish her well for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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