RSPB St Aidan’s from Methley

After optional breakfast from Rivers Meet Cafe at 9am we’ll head off to St Aidan’s from Methley. Spend a couple of hours birding around the reedbeds, lagoons and ridge and furrow looking for the last of the winter wildfowl and arriving waders. For those preferring perching birds, we’ll be learning birdsong

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Spring migrants by habitat

This 2 hour indoor class you’ll learn about the species that will be arriving to breed in the UK and the types of habitat each bird prefers. This will hopefully help you to see each species over the coming weeks. Price £15 per person . Transport No transport. Meet at Hollybush

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RSPB St Aidan’s from Methley

After optional breakfast from Rivers Meet Cafe at 9am we’ll head off to St Aidan’s from Methley. Spend a couple of hours birding around the reedbeds, lagoons and ridge and furrow looking for the last of the winter wildfowl and waders. For those preferring perching birds, we’ll be learning birdsong as

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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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Spring migration: Learn about warblers

This 2 hour indoor class you’ll learn about the warbler species that visit the UK. We’ll look at different families of warblers, their habitats and their songs Price £15 per person . Transport No transport. Meet at Hollybush Conservation Centre at 19:00. What to expect Indoor sessions take place in the

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Start Birding is at The Leeds Science Fair

Start Birding will be exhibiting at the Leeds Science Fair this year. I’ll be holding a stall and offering a free prize draw so that you can win a place on a 2 hour group trip. The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society presents this annual science fair in March. Exhibitors

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Woodlesford Lock and Skelton Lake

The varied habitats at Woodlesford Lock give us the opportunity to look for birds on the river, canal, woodland and surrounding scrub as we walk to Skelton Lake. We’ll take advantage of the new adjoining bridge built last year to visit the two venues. Our target birds will be kingfisher,

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RSPB St Aidan’s from Methley

After optional breakfast from Rivers Meet Cafe at 9am we’ll head off to St Aidan’s from Methley. Spend a couple of hours birding around the reedbeds, lagoons and ridge and furrow looking for the last of the winter wildfowl and waders. For those preferring perching birds, we’ll be learning bird song

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Hetchell woods

It’s a while since we visited this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Marsh tit, linnet and grey wagtail will be our target birds for the morning as we walk around the coppiced woodland, stream and sandy heath. The site is also well known for its wildflowers including thistle broomrape (Orobanche reticulata).

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Migration at Saltholme and Teesside

Birds are on the move again. As our spring migrants come flooding in we also witness flocks of winter migrants gathering to leave for their northern breeding grounds. This weekend we head to one of our migration magnets, Teesside. Birdwatching sites will be chosen according to recent sightings. These will

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