November Newsletter

Start Birding November Newsletter

Dear friends of Start Birding

Our icy blast from the north has certainly brought in those winter migrants

As we birdwatched at St Aidan’s on Tuesday, a family of whooper swans appeared and landed in the lake in front of us. They have come all the way from Iceland to spend the winter months in the UK.

Waxwings are arriving in good numbers with 4 being seen today in Fairburn Village, 8 being seen in Yeadon by the cricket and football field on 8th November and more being reported in Harrogate and Bradford and York over the last few days.

Starlings are gathering too and it looks as if we are getting more birds from the continent joining our resident flocks. Numbers have increased to 15-20,000 at St Aidan’s and the recent still nights have given us some good displays. If you are interested in being emailed separately for visits to see starlings and waxwings then please let me know as I’ll be running some short notice trips to see them.

If you’ve enjoyed your experience with Start Birding, you might like to consider giving someone a birdwatching voucher as a gift for Christmas.

Start Birding Christmas gift voucher

Looking for a unique gift for friends or family members? Birdwatching gift vouchers are available from £10 to go towards a group trip or a one-to-one session.

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See below for all the trips planned from now until the festive season.

Good luck with your winter birding


Friday Birdwatching Club

10am to 12 noon – optional breakfast from 9am. Transport available

Friday Birdwatching Club
This week’s 2 hour birdwatching class will be held at Mickletown Ings and St Aidan’s in the Lower Aire Valley. We start at 10am after an optional breakfast at Rivers Meet Cafe from 9am. £15 per person

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Alternative Dearne Valley

Saturday 12th November – full day

Start Birding August NewsletterExplore some of the lesser known sites in the Dearne Valley close to Barnsley and Rotherham and RSPB Old Moor. We’ll visit Adwick Washlands, Broomhill Flash, Wombwell Ings and possibly Edderthorpe Flash. We’ll also nip into Old Moor if anything of interest turns up. £55 per person.

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Or see the whole calendar here

(NB: Book Tuesday and Friday sessions individually or get a discount for block bookings – call 07778 768719 for details)


  • Friday 11thFriday Birdwatchers: Mickletown Ings (10am to noon) – £15
  • Saturday 12th – Birding in the Dearne Valley (full day) – £55
  • Tuesday 15th – Tuesday Birdwatchers: Rodley NR special (9am to 1pm) – £25
  • Friday 18thFriday Birdwatchers: Temple Newsam (10am to noon) – £15
  • Tuesday 22nd – Tuesday Birdwatchers: Ardsley Reservoir (9am to 11am) – £15
  • Friday 25thFriday Birdwatchers: Water Haigh (10am to noon) – £15
  • Saturday 26th – WWT Martin Mere (full day) – £55 plus entrance fee
  • Tuesday 29th – Tuesday Birdwatchers: Kirkstall Valley (9am to 11am) – £15


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