BEES Wildlife Wanders

We are running a series of short sessions on introduce people to local wildlife sites. This is an opportunity to enjoy and learn more about flowers, birds and insects at local wildlife sites.

The events, listed in the attachment below, are aimed at anyone with an interest in wildlife – you might be a complete beginner and just starting to explore local wildlife or you may already be an experienced naturalist wanting to enhance your skills and enjoy the habitats in the company of others. 

They will be at 5pm on Wednesday's from the 30th June until 11th August (except 7th July...instead you can stay home and watch the World Cup semi final or join Friends of Northcliffe pulling Himalayan Balsam in the woods).

Please contact the office if you are interested. We will be taking our minibus, or you can meet us at the site.

These events are part of our programme celebrating 2010 International Year of

Bees at Park events

On Saturday 22nd May there was a celebration event to make the refurbishment of Roberts Park in Saltaire.

BEES were invited to attend, and as this coincided with International Day of Biodiversity so we choose to do offer activities that got people talking about wildlife. People made bird and butterfly masks and insect finger puppets. We also offered people the chance to sow (in our recycled tetrapak pots) some wildflower seeds to grow at home. The seed mix included corncockle, poppy, corn marigold and cornflower. 

If you attended the event but didn't receive the instruction sheet you can download it from the attachment below.

Visitors also contributed to the construction of bird and bat boxes which will be put up in the park later in the year.

Lister Park Eco Day  was held on 5th June, World Environment Day. This event was organised by Bradford West Area Committee. It was another hot day that attracted a crowd into the park to join in the activities. People were encouraged to make environmental pledges, they received free lighbulbs and other goodies and once again we offered wildlife craft and planting activities.

Both events were also a good opportunity to talk to people about the wildlife in the Bradford area and about groups and projects that they can get involved with, including BEES conservation group and wildlife field visit programme.

Heron Day at Bretton Lakes

On Sunday 9th May a group of volunteers assisted at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Heron Day at Bretton Lakes.

This is the one day of the year the Wildlife Trust have access to this reserve and they enabled 1,100 people to enjoy the spectacle of the young herons. There are approximately 60 nests on the two islands on the lakes. The young herons, although only 6-8 weeks old are almost fully grown, but have not yet fledged so create quite a show. The chicks can last longer between meals so the adults are catching food further afield. They do not feed in the lake at this stage - saving this for when the chicks leave the nest and are learning to fish for them themselves.

We ran craft activities, making fingerpuppets and 'herons on sticks'. We also collected some plant materials and used these to create large temporary pictures and sculptures. Everyone one was very imaginative - have a look in the gallery at some of the creations.

Blossom Day at Bowling Park Community Orchard

Blossom Day at Bowling Park Community Orchard

Friday 7th May
11am - 3pm

Come and enjoy the orchard's blossom spectacle. The day will include tours of the orchard and a chance to find out more about fruit growing. There will also be information about creating habitats for insects - with a particular focus on bees - essential as pollinators for the fruit trees and so many other food crops.

Visitors will be invited to enjoy light refreshments and join in with art activities as well as practical activities to create insect homes. If you come for the day please bring a picnic.

For more information please contact us
01274 513102

The orchard is in the allotments on Bowling Park Drive, BD4 - more about the orchard and directions can be found here 

P.S. put Bradford Apple Day in your diary - 10th Anniversary celebration - Sunday 10th October 10.10.10

Volunteer Opportunity

BEES has an opportunity for a placement volunteer to work with us for 3 days a week starting in May and lasting 8 weeks. This will involve the construction of steps at a new site to us and will provide access to an outdoor classroom for a school.  

For full details or an informal chat please contact Nick Milsom on 01274 513102 or

Job Opportunity

BEES are seeking an enthusiatic and experienced environmental youth worker to cover maternity leave. The successful applicant will jointly coordinate the Community Space Challenge project. 

For full details please see the attached document or contact Rachel Deadman for an informal chat. 01274 513109 or

The closing date is 13th April 2010

WFV Social tomorrow

As the roads are now clear and the weather is improved the wildlife filed visit social meeting will go ahead as planned tomorrow. The event starts at 11.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. It is an opportunity to share photos and information and to join in with quizzes to see what has been learnt this year!

A diary has been compiled from the blog entries which is attached. The original blog entries can be viewed here.

WFV social Tuesday 19th January

A decision will be taken on Monday morning as to whether the Social will go ahead as planned on the 19th. If the weather conditions are still hostile we will postpone the event until Tues 26th. We felt the decision could not be made today as we could not get an accurate forecast for next week. Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday 3rd December 2009: Extra Task, Habitat Heroes, School Project

We will be working at a school and the main task will be to create a willow sculpture. Pupils will not be involved today.

If you wish to volunteer please contact the office on 01274 513102, to find out project details.

Thursday 29th October 2009 Extra Task Day: St Mary's Church, Wyke

Returning to the churchyard project where the graveyard is being used to create habitats that are beneficial to wildlife. Today we will help them cut and rake the grass to create a meadow area. Leaving the YMCA at 9.30.  
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