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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Roundhay Park from the Lido

Join me for a guided walk along Waterloo Lake at Roundhay Park and adjoining woodland. Target birds are nuthatch, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, willow tit, stock dove and lesser spotted woodpecker. We’ll practise some bird songs and calls, look for wagtails and watch early autumn migrating wildfowl. Price £15 per

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Songs and calls at Woodlesford Lock

After optional breakfast from 09:00 we’ll head up to Woodlesford Lock for a couple of hours of birding. The varied habitats at Woodlesford Lock give us the opportunity to listen for birdsong and communication calls in the woodland and surrounding scruband and look for birds on the river and canal.

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Songs and calls at Rodley Nature Reserve

Bird songs and calls are the subject of this Wednesday morning session as we walk around this award winning reserve. We’ll also focus on identifying wildfowl on the lagoons and looking for wader species such as common snipe. With luck we’ll see little owl too. Price £15 per person Transport For

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Songs and calls at Breary Marsh

The autumn and winter months are a good time to start learning bird songs and calls. We’ll differentiate between robin and wren songs and listen for siskin, redwing, great tit, mistle thrush and song thrush in the woodland. If the weather is favourable we may be able to hear goldcrest

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Pugneys and Calder Wetlands

Pugneys and Calder Wetlands attract many species of migrating and overwintering birds so anything could turn up on this autumn visit to Wakefield. With binoculars at the ready we’ll be on the hunt for our first redwings and fieldfare and and gathering flocks of wildfowl. With luck we’ll find a

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WWT Martin Mere

A lovely winter’s day at one of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s top reserves. Watch thousands birds including whooper swan, pink-footed goose, shelduck, pintail, teal, ruff, peregrine, tree sparrow and, perhaps, brambling. Price £65 per person plus WWT entrance fee (at group rate). Price includes refreshments at the end of

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Nosterfield and Staveley

Winter with the WOW factor in Yorkshire. Visit the excellent reserves at Nosterfield and Staveley on one day. Our target birds are pink-footed goose, goldeneye, water rail, willow tit, wigeon, little owl and barn owl. Price £65 per person including refreshments (Packed lunch required). Transport available Meet me at 08:00 at the

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How and why birds sing

Now that some of our resident birds have started singing, learn some common resident bird song and why it’s important to sing. You’ll also learn how birds are able to make complex sounds for long periods while, seemingly, not taking a breath. Price £15 per person . Transport No transport. Meet

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