Previous Visits

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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North Cave

Tuesday 18th September, 2018
near the Humber

This is a good site for wetland birds with several well positioned hides. The site is continually expanding in size and we notice changes each time we visit. Binoculars are advised if you wish for good views.
There are toilet facilities close to the parking area and a catering van that serves fast food e.g. bacon sarnies. The perimeter walk is flat and not onerous and less than 3 miles

Leaders: Alice Gingell and Margret Rees
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £ 10


Tuesday 4th September, 2018

Weather conditions prevented our plans in March, so today we will be using public transport and sharing cars to visit this local site. Our plan is to walk through two adjacent woods - errison and Spring Woods - looking for late flowering herbaceous plants,autumnal changes in trees, and early fungi. The walk will involve some uphill stretches on relatively good pathways but be prepared for mud. The ‘Woolpack’ opens at 12 noon where we will be using the toilets.

Leaders ; Alice Gingell and Madeleine Massey
No minibus. Meeting place: Car Park in Esholt village 10am Grid Reference SE 184 305 Cost £3


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  


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 


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. 


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


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


Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve

Tuesday 17th July, 2018
Catterick Garrison, North Yorks

Last visited on 2011, this site is always full of interest. The varied habitats of woodland, wetland, moorland and raised fen support a wide range of plants including some we rarely see e.g. hairy Dog Rose, Water Purslane and Marsh Stitchwort.  It is an important bird ringing centre, so if sightings disappoint records should provide interest! There is an excellent visitor centre with drinks available, but bring enough food. Access-for-all paths and bird hides, together with welcoming staff prepared to guide and teach us, make this a long overdue return visit. 

Coordinator: Alice Gingell Leader: Reserve Staff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am.  Cost: £11  


Sefton Coast

Tuesday 10th July, 2018

This year we will be visiting a new area, Crosby Coastal Park, which is further south on the Mersey estuary towards Liverpool. It is a recreational area consisting of amenity grassland, two calcareous sand-dune ridges and a boating lake. 360 species of plants have been recorded here, including some national rarities. We can expect to see Sea Couch, Sea Holly, Common Broomrape, Isle of Man Cabbage, Dune Wormwood, amongst others.

As in previous years, we will start our day at Patricia’s house in Formby for our lunch stop. Then we will be driving to site, which is 20 minutes away, and parking at Crosby Baths car park. At the end of the day we will return to Patricia’s house for tea and cakes (all contributions of the latter gratefully received!). We expect to be back in Bradford about 7.30pm.

Leaders; Philip Smith, Patricia Lockwood Coordinator: Joan Dobson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £12.


Barlow Common

Tuesday 3rd July, 2018
near Selby

BEES have never visited this modest sized YWT reserve though John did pay two visits in the early 1990's with Butterfly Conservation when it was just a few years old. The butterfly species count was into double figures, helped by the numerous bramble bushes. It was formerly a common used by locals grazing their stock and then acquired by a local railway company, the site now boasts a fantastic diversity of butterflies, birds and wildflowers.

A single path leads around the reserve which is under 1.5 miles in length so it is not a difficult walk. 

If time allows we may go on to one of the nearby bird reserves on the return journey. 

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