Half term family birdwatching

Get outdoors with the kids this autumn and learn about the birds that visit St Aidan’s nature reserve. Meet at Rivers Meet Café at 1pm and walk to St Aidan’s causeway, looking and listening for birds along the way. Children will be able to take part in activities to develop

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Buy binoculars with confidence

If you’ve been putting off buying binoculars because you’re worried about making a mistake, then this is the day for you. Experts will be available throughout the morning to help you compare binocular performance at a range of prices. Whether you’re a beginner looking to buy your first pair or

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Fairburn Ings from Lin Dyke

Join me for (optional) breakfast before a lovely morning walk at RSPB Fairburn Ings reserve. This time we’ll be exploring the paths and lagoons around the Lin Dyke area looking for wandering tit flocks, green woodpecker, waders and winter wildfowl. Price £15 per person including refreshments. Transport Transport is available leaving

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Happy Christmas from Start Birding

If you’re reading this and you’ve never been on a guided birdwatching class before with Start Birding then, as a Christmas present, I’d like you to have a 50% voucher to put towards your first 2 hour class of 2019. Just download your voucher from the link below and contact

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Christmas at Fairburn Ings

Friday Breakfast Club visits RSPB Fairburn Ings for our Christmas birding session after starting the day with a bacon butty. This time we’ll head straight for the main car park and visitor centre to check the feeders for hungry tits and finches. We’ll also look for kingfisher, wildfowl and green woodpecker.

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Rodley Christmas get-together

The last birdwatching session of 2018 will be a Christmas get-together at the very special, award winning Rodley Nature Reserve. Here we’ll check out the lagoons and surrounding woodland and hedgerows for kingfisher, water rail and over-wintering birds before ending the morning with Christmas snacks and hot drinks. Bring your Christmas

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Winter birding at Eccup Reservoir

What better way to spend a winter morning than watching wildfowl and farmland birds in the beautiful countryside north of Leeds. We’ll look for pink-footed goose, goosander and grey wagtail on Eccup reservoir and red kite, buzzard, yellowhammer and tree sparrow in the surrounding habitat. Price £15 per person including refreshments.

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Swillington Ings

After an optional breakfast we’ll head off to Swillington Ings in the Aire Valley and to the home of the Swillington Ings Bird Group. We’ll use their hide to look at the birds on Astley Lake before checking out the nearby woodland between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder

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Songs and calls in Meanwood Park

Meanwood Park and the wooded valley is a wonderful place to listen to bird songs and calls in winter. We’ll look and listen for stock dove, nuthatch, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, grey wagtail and kingfisher as well as siskin and redpoll in nearby alders. Price £15 per person including

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Denso Marston and Esholt

This is the first time that Start Birding has offered a group guided walk this area on the River Aire close to Baildon. The site comprises woodland, river bank, canal towpath and adjoining farmland. We’ll look for kingfisher, heron, goosander, dipper, tit flocks and farmland birds. Please note the later

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