Nosterfield NR and quarry

An early autumn visit to Nosterfield Nature Reserve and Nosterfield Quarry is bound to produce something interesting. Whether it be flocks of golden plover, hunting peregrine, an early goldeneye or a scarce wader you’ll be able to watch in comfort from hides with sheepskin lined benches. Price £55 per person including refreshments

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St. Aiden's

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 our summer visitors; early autumn migrants and returning winter wildfowl. Price £15 including refreshments. Transport

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Bird song walk – Adel Dam

The autumn months are a good time to start learning bird song. In September we begin with robin in wren and our visit to Adel Dam and Golden Acre will focus mainly on these species. You’ll learn why birds sing and why these two species in particular can be heard

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St. Aiden's

RSPB St Aidan’s

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 our summer visitors; early autumn migrants and returning winter wildfowl. Price £15 including refreshments. Transport

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Kilnsea Wetlands and Spurn

What could be better than a visit to Spurn and Kilnsea during autumn migration time? Perhaps a visit to Spurn and Kilnsea preceded by a bacon butty in Patrington? Birding heaven. We’ll check the lagoons, fields and hedgerows around Kilnsea Wetlands for migrating waders and passerines; spend some time sea-watching

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Paull Holme Strays and North Cave

A full day of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserves! It’s been a while since Start Birding visited Paull Holme Strays on the River Humber. This inter-tidal reserve was initially created as part of a flood risk management scheme. We’ll spend a half day looking for waders, wildfowl, butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers

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Start Birding in Woodland

Rodley circular

Join me for an end of season celebration. We’ll set off from Rodley Nature Reserve for a lovely circular walk taking in some of the best woodland in Leeds namely Bramley Falls Wood, Hawksworth Woods and Newlay. After our walk we’ll end the day by birding at Rodley Nature Reserve

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St. Aiden's

RSPB St Aidan’s

After optional breakfast from Rivers Meet Cafe at 9am we’ll head off to St Aidan’s from Methley. We’ll spend a couple of hours birding around the reedbeds looking for bittern, bearded tit, sand martin and black-necked grebe. By this time we should be able to see some migrant birds and returning

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Binocular morning at In Focus, Denby Dale

If you’d like to invest in a new pair of binoculars then this is the day for you. Whether you’re a beginner looking to buy your first pair or whether you’re looking to upgrade, you’ll be in good hands. We’ll visit the best binocular shop in Yorkshire, In Focus at

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Start Birding - Linnet male

Harewood circular walk

This lovely circular walk, with added birds, wildflowers and butterflies takes us through the woodland and farmland of the Harewood Estate. We start from Wike Lane, cross the A61 onto the Estate and walk towards the Harewood Arms before heading east through fields and hedgerows. Red kite, linnet, yellowhammer, skylark,

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