Timble Ings and Fewston Reservoir

This is the first time I’ve combined Timble Ings and Fewston Reservoir in one visit. These wonderful areas of the Washburn Valley host many breeding birds including tree pipit, crossbill, siskin, redpoll, goldcrest, tawny owl, little owl, kingfisher, warblers and breeding waders. We’ll also look for dragonflies and butterflies along

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Birds and butterflies at Brockadale

To celebrate National Meadows Day we visit the wonderful Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Brockadale. As the season moves on and our birds become more quiet we have the chance to turn our attention to other wildlife. We’ll still be looking and listening for birds and bird song but Brockadale gives us

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Swillington Ings

After optional breakfast from 09:00, we’ll head for Swillington Ings to look at the birds on Astley Lake before checking out the nearby woodland between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation. Birdwatching starts at 10:00. We’ll look for lapwing, shelduck, common tern and kingfisher. Contact me for

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Birdsong at St Aidan’s

Visit the amazing RSPB St Aidan’s and look for megastars such as black-necked grebe, bittern and bearded tits as well as singing warblers – chiffchaff, willow warbler, garden warbler, grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler, reed warbler, Cetti’s warbler and blackcap. Reed bunting, meadow pipit, skylark and linnet will also be singing. Learn how

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Lowther Lake

After optional breakfast from 09:00, we’ll explore this small lake and adjoining farmland between St Aidan’s and Fairburn Ings. Birdwatching starts at 10:00. We’ll look for yellowhammer, tree sparrow, reed bunting and water birds on the lake and River Aire and listen for the elusive cuckoo. Contact me for breakfast

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Leeds Swifts

Swift watching in Gledhow

Another chance to learn about one of the UK’s most enigmatic bird species, the swift. You’ll be able to watch these amazing birds at their colony both from outside and inside the nest, by way of webcams, and find out all about their nesting and migratory habits. Price Free event.

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Leeds Swifts

Swift watching in Gledhow

Another chance to learn about one of the UK’s most enigmatic bird species, the swift. You’ll be able to watch these amazing birds at their colony both from outside and inside the nest, by way of webcams, and find out all about their nesting and migratory habits. Price Free event

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Birdsong at Rodley Nature Reserve

Another special private visit to one of our favourite places. We’ll have Rodley Nature Reserve to ourselves again on what I hope will be a lovely late spring evening. We’ll be focusing on resident and migrant bird song (Cetti’s warbler, grasshopper warbler, garden warbler, common and lesser whitethroat) and looking for

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Start Birding is at the Gledhow Valley Fun Day

Start Birding will be holding a stall at the Gledhow Valley Fun Day again this June. Tell me about your bird sightings and find out about all the latest special offers on birdwatching classes in your area. Come and support the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods at their amazingly successful annual event.

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