Wildlife Field Visits - Current Programme

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. Planning meetings are held regularly to agree and distribute the programme.

Please see details for up and coming visits below.
Bookings must be made in advance (please ring BEES office for details).
Where minibus transport is offered there is a charge which varies from £5 - £12 depending on the distance of the trip.

The Minibus Bus departs at 9.30am from the Unitarian Church, Russell Sreet, BD5 0JB (unless indicated otherwise).
If you are on foot you can meet the minibus Culture Fusion (125 Thornton Road, Bradford BD1 2EP and corner of Westholme Street) no later than 9.10am.

On occassion the minibus will pick up passengers on route out of Bradford. Please discuss with the office (or driver) to find out the pick up points.

* Please ensure you bring adequate food and drink for the day.
* Wear strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
* All trips must be booked and paid for in advance where applicable.
* We ask for a donation of £2 if you chose to use your own transport when the minibus is offered.
* All people irrespective of background and experience are welcome
* Parking is available for a limited number of cars at the Unitarian Centre, Russell Street. PLease make a donation of £2 for this facility.

BEES is a district wide environmental education and training centre funded both by Bradford Council and our own project work – for further information please contact Julia Pearson.

Warton Crag

Tuesday 24th July, 2018

We last visited Warton Crag in 2011 (coincidentally the week before going to Healey Dell). The Crag has views over Morecambe bay and hosts a variety of habitats; woodland, limestone grassland, limestone pavement. It is a haven for plant, butterflies and birds. On our last visit we saw wild thyme, rock rose, ladies’ bedstraw, eyebright, red valerian and lots more, and though bird sights were low, 14 species of butterfly were noted. (Cont/)

There are some moderate ascents, for which a stick would be useful. On the hill there is a very little shelter, so protection from rain/sun is necessary. Ticks are also present in the area, so be prepared. We will park at the lower car park on Crag Road (turn left from Wharton Main Street at the Black Bull), grid ref SD497723

Leaders: Julia Pearson and Alice Gingell
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £11 Pick-ups along The Branch - Keighley route


Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Tuesday 31st July, 2018
Lancashire, Grid Ref SD 879156

This Biological heritage site in Lancashire comprises clough woodland along the valley of the River Spodden, together with heathland, grassland and scrub. Former mill lodges and part of a disused railway line also offer feature. Woodland birds, green woodpeckers and sparrow hawks are seen. Yellow flag and bog asphodel should be in flower with bilberry and crowberry in fruit. 

There is now a new visitor centre housing café and toilets. 

Leaders: Alice Gingell and Sally Tetlow, with the warden guiding.

Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £9


Planning Meeting

Tuesday 7th August, 2018
YMCA, 125 Thornton Road

Planning Meeting 10 am, at YMCA Thornton Road.   

The meeting begins at 10am and will last until early afternoon. You may wish to bring lunch with you. The kettle will be to hand. 


Arnside (Morecambe Bay)

Tuesday 14th August, 2018
Silverdale area, Cumbria

Today we hope to combine enjoyment of the landscapes of Morecambe Bay as it narrows into the Kent Estuary, with opportunities to look for birds and plant life. Let's hope for good weather.

We will start our day on the promenade at Arnside, where there are public toilets and other facilities. We will look for birds on the mud flats and water (ospreys have been seen fishing here in recent years) and shoreline vegetation. We hope The Bore will offer a spectacle before, in the afternoon, we walk on a disused railway bed to Sandside. The walking will about 2 miles (there might be some optional extras), on mostly level ground. 

Given the distance we will be travelling, expect a relatively late return to Bradford.

Leaders: Julia Pearson and Margaret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am; Cost: £11  Pick-ups along The Branch - Keighley route 


Leeds Liverpool Canal; Armley to centre of Leeds

Tuesday 21st August, 2018

We start our walk at Armley Mills Industrial Museum where a garden of plants used in the woollen industry for dyeing purposes has been planted. We proceed along the Leeds Liverpool Canal which is notable for its water plants which get progressively more interesting as we approach the city centre. Dragonflies and damselflies are also present. At the end of our walk (approx. 3.5-4miles on the flat) we walk across Leeds to catch a bus (no.33) for our return to Cardigan Mills where the minibus will be parked. Toilet facilities-suggest the Vue cinema complex. Please bring your bus passes, if you have one, for free return travel. 

Leaders: Margaret Rees and Vera Clark
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £6