Leeds Birdfair

Celebrate the wildlife and green spaces of Leeds

This year’s Leeds Birdfair will take place on Saturday 23rd June 2018 at Rodley Nature Reserve. As usual there will be lots of events for wildlife lovers of all ages (download a programme) and a wide range of wildlife related stalls. Find out how you can get closer to nature in your area of Leeds.

Here is a summary of the 2017 Leeds Birdfair.

The aim of the Leeds Birdfair is to celebrate the wildlife and green spaces of Leeds. By getting everyone together, we hope to help community and charitable groups to increase their membership and provide a valuable opportunity to share ideas. It’s also a great way to highlight the local wildlife-related businesses that operate in and around Leeds.

Learn about the people and groups who give their time freely to look after our green spaces; where these green spaces are and how our council is involved. It’s a great opportunity to meet and talk to like-minded people. We’d also be interested to hear from you if you’d like to help out on the day. Alternatively, download a poster to display in  your local area

To have a Leeds Birdfair had long been the ambition of Start Birding’s Linda Jenkinson. It seemed a brilliant idea but where to hold it? When Linda raised the idea with us we just couldn’t say no.

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Among those organisations and businesses represented at the Birdfair

Leeds Birdfair 2016 at Rodley Nature Reserve

The first Leeds Birdfair started at 8.30am with a moth trap opening. Other activities included a small mammal survey, a bug hunt, barn owl pellet dissection, dragonfly identification at the ponds, a bird song walk and a visit to Rodley Nature Reserve’s Fish Pass. Throughout the day, our ‘Guides in the Hides’ helped visitors with their bird identification. Rodley volunteers provided a barbecue and a splendid range of home baking in the Visitor Centre.

It really turned out to be a great occasion for all wildlife enthusiasts and a big thank you must go to Linda for having the vision and enthusiasm to make it all happen.

Rodley Nature Reserve

Leeds Birdfair

Courtesy of The Yorkshire Evening Post

The Yorkshire Evening Post

Within a few minutes of my arrival I was treated to the sight of a great crested grebe cruising on the lagoon with three fluffy chicks on its back, then a flash of turquoise on the river as a kingfisher shot upstream.

The Yorkshire Evening Post

We received some great coverage from the Yorkshire Evening Post, read the article here.