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Talk: The Swift Year

Learn about one of the most enigmatic bird species, the common swift, and what goes on in their nests hidden under eaves and roof tiles. You’ll see courtship behaviour, nesting and chick development and learn about the challenges that this amazing species faces on both its migration and return home.

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Malham cove and tarn

Visit the famous Malham cove to watch peregrine falcon and look for wheatear, swift visiting natural nest holes, green woodpecker, redstart and tawny owl. The second part of the day will be spent at Malham Tarn to look for meadow pipit, yellow wagtail and warblers. Price Price for the session

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Goshawks and gannets

On this trip we will head off to the famous raptor viewpoint in Wykeham Forest to look for displaying goshawk at the start of the breeding season. We’ll also be on the hunt for singing crossbill, siskin, coal tit and goldcrest. In the afternoon we’ll head to the east coast

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Spring in the Dearne Valley

Spend a full day exploring the lesser known sites in the Dearne Valley, finishing at RSPB Old Moor. We’ll check the lagoons, woodland and hedgerows for birds breeding birds such as ringed plover, little ringed plover, lapwing, avocet, garganey, chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap. Brush up on your birdsong too.

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St Aidan’s from Methley

Friday Breakfast Club visits RSPB St Aidan’s this week after starting the day with an optional bacon butty at Rivers Meet Cafe. During spring we expect to see the last of the winter visitors and early spring migrant birds such as wheatear, black-necked grebe, chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap. If we’re

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Birdsong at Becketts Park and Queen’s Wood

Listen and learn woodland birdsong in Headingley. We’ll distinguish the songs and calls of treecreeper, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker and we’ll listen for newly arrived warblers, chiffchaff and blackcap. Price: £15 per person including guided birdwatching, up-close views of birds through a telescope, a list of birds and refreshments at

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Birdsong at Eccup Whin

Listen and learn birdsong at this little known nature area close to Golden Acre Park. Eccup Whin offers a fantastic mixture of woodland and scrub adjacent to farmland. Birds such as yellowhammer, reed bunting, willow tit, treecreeper, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker will be singing as well as newly arrived

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Fleet Lane to Swillington

After optional breakfast at 09:00 at Rivers Meet Cafe we’ll take a walk along a section of Fleet Lane to look for newly arrived migrant birds such as chiffchaff and blackcap. We’ll also learn the birdsong of resident birds in the surrounding fields and woodland leading to Lemonroyd Marina and St Aidan’s.

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Spring birdsong at Woodside, Horsforth

Explore the little known area of Clayton, Daffy and Spring Woods at Woodside in Horsforth and learn about the birds that can be seen there in spring. We’ll be looking for dipper, grey wagtail, kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, lesser spotted woodpecker, treecreeper and nuthatch and learning some resident and early

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