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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St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley and St John’s, Adel; fungi foray

Tuesday 13th November, 2018

St Chad’s Church, SE 275 370 will be visited in the morning, after which we will go to St. John’s Church, Adel SE 275 403
Both sites hold good populations of Waxcap fungi. Walking will be easy at both Churchyards.

Leader: John Gavaghan and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport, depart, Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7

Mirfield Church and Canal

Tuesday 30th October, 2018
Stock’s Bank Road, Mirfield SD 189 209

This will be the first visit by the group to ‘The Community of the Resurrection’, Stock’s Bank Road, Mirfield SD 189 209 . The site, particularly the large lawn behind the church is renowned for its variety of Waxcap fungi. We have permission to use their toilets and tea/ coffee will be provided on arrival. After lunch we will proceed to the canal and walk towards Ravensthorpe. Easy walking, though could be muddy.

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Stuart Tordoff
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £7

Leighton Moss, RSPB

Tuesday 16th October, 2018

It is 4 years since we have visited Leighton Moss as a group and we plan to start at the Allen and Eric Morecambe hides on Morecambe Bay, depending on conditions on the day. A visit at this time of year will be mainly for the birding interest, possibly migrant waders, but we should also see fungi and some late- flowering plants.
Walking is on the level on good paths and there are several viewing hides. The visitor centre has a shop, café and toilets. Bring your binoculars/telescopes and don’t forget your RSPB card if you are a member, otherwise there is an entrance fee.

Leaders: John Gavaghan and Julia Pearson
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £11 Pick up on The Branch - Keighley route


The Yorkshire Arboretum; Castle Howard

Tuesday 2nd October, 2018
North Yorkshire

The arboretum is a 120 acre site administered in partnership with Kew Gardens. It contains native species and trees from around the world. There are short or longer (4km) posted tree trails as well as parkland, lakes and ponds to explore. The terrain offers easy walking on well maintained grassy paths. The autumn colours could be magnificent. The hawfinches visited at this time last year.

There is a Visitor Centre with cafe Cost of entry will be £6 or £7 payable on the day (bring correct change). Free Parking in the arboretum car park.

Leaders: Alice Gingell and Sally Tetlow
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am. Cost £11

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