RSPB Old Moor and Adwick Washlands

Birders usually flock to the Dearne Valley to visit the wonderful RSPB Old Moor nature reserve but there are many other sites to watch birds in the area. On this trip we’ll check the lagoons at Old Moor before heading off to the amazing Adwick Washlands to search the woodland,

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Fairburn Ings from Cut Road

This week’s Tuesday walk will explore Fairburn Ings from the Cut Road entrance in the Village of Fairburn. This gives us a great chance of seeing the resident kingfishers as well as fabulous views of the main bay. Here we’ll look for winter wildfowl including smew, goosander, spinning shoveler flocks

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Bird song in the Meanwood Valley

The Meanwood Valley will be full of the sounds of bird songs and calls if the weather is favourable in mid-February. Look and listen for stock dove, nuthatch, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, grey wagtail and kingfisher as well as siskin and redpoll in nearby alders. Price £15 per person

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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 winter wildfowl and waders including goldeneye, pink-footed goose, wigeon, pintail duck, lapwing, golden plover, curlew and redshank. For

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Hawfinches at Yorkshire Arboretum

This winter we have had an unexpected invasion of hawfinches from the continent to boost our resident population. This massive finch species has been seen all over the country, including the Leeds area, on hornbeam and yew trees. By far the best flock in Yorkshire is the one seen at

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Bird song at Rodley Nature Reserve

This week is National Nest Box Week and in celebration we focus on bird song at this stunning Leeds reserve. Rodley Nature Reserve is the perfect place to learn bird song with its mixture of woodland, scrubland and wetland habitats. Improve your bird song identification, learn how and why birds

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Middleton Woods, Leeds

Explore the largest remaining ancient woodland in West Yorkshire to look for woodland specialists such as nuthatch, treecreeper and great spotted woodpecker. We’ll also check out the clearings and surrounding scrubland. Price £15 per person including refreshments Transport available Meet me at 08:00 at the Moor Allerton Centre on the Leeds outer ring

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YWT Potteric Carr

Potteric Carr is one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserves. Sitting next to Doncaster city centre, this reserve provides extensive reedbed, woodland and lagoons to search for wildfowl, waders, bittern, water rail and woodland birds. Kingfisher also hunt quietly for fish in the drainage channels. If the weather is mild

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Lowther Lake

After optional breakfast from 9am, we’ll explore this small lake and adjoining farmland between St Aidan’s and Fairburn Ings. Birdwatching starts at 10am. We’ll look for yellowhammer, reed bunting and water birds on the lake then check out the birds on the River Aire. Contact me for breakfast arrangements. Price

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Roundhay Park and Gorge

Join me for a guided walk around the wooded gorge adjacent to Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park. We’ll look and listen for woodland specialists such as nuthatch, treecreeper and great spotted woodpecker while checking the stream for grey wagtail. The muddy end of Waterloo Lake can also provide views of shoveler,

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