Swillington Ings

After optional breakfast from 9am, we’ll head for Swillington Ings to look at the birds on Astley Lake before checking out the nearby woodland between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation. Birdwatching starts at 10am. We’ll look for lapwing, shelduck, pintail and green woodpecker. Contact me for

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Bird song at Woodlesford Lock

After optional breakfast from 9am 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 look for birds on the river, canal, woodland and surrounding scrub. Look for common tern, kingfisher, goosander, sand martin and common

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Birds and butterflies at Brockadale

As the season moves on and our birds become more quiet we have the chance to turn our attention to other wildlife. We’ll still be looking and listening for birds and bird song but Brockadale gives us a fantastic opportunity to focus on dragonflies, butterflies and wildflowers. Search for the

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St Aidan’s from Mickletown Ings

My Wednesday evening group will be walking onto St Aidan’s via Mickletown Ings, one of Leeds’ best kept secrets. Here we’ll listen to the songs of resident woodland, reedbed and scrubland birds and look for evidence of autumn migration. Price: £15 per person including refreshments. Transport available Leaving at 18:00 from

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Fairburn Wildlife

This long established Leeds nature reserve has been producing some fantastic birds recently with bittern, peregrine and spoonbill on view regularly. On this trip we’ll be looking for birds, wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies and exploring some little known areas of the reserve. Price: £25 per person Transport Transport is available

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St Aidan’s from Methley

Join the Friday birders for optional breakfast and explore the wildlife of RSPB St Aidan’s. This special site continues to amaze us with its list of birds. There will still be some bird song to listen to and you’ll be able to learn the difference between swifts, swallows and martins.We may

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Bird song at Rodley Nature Reserve

Treat yourself to a special private trip to one of the best nature reserves in Leeds. We’ll listen to bird song at Rodley Nature Reserve and watch birds on the lagoons, woodland and hedgerows. Price: £15 per person including refreshments. Transport For this trip we meet at the nature reserve but

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Eccup Reservoir Circular Walk

Birdwatching at Eccup

What better way to spend a summer evening than to enjoy the birds of Eccup reservoir and surrounding habitat. We’ll hope to see red kites, buzzard, yellowhammer, tree sparrow and yellow wagtail Price: £15 per person including refreshments. Transport available Meet outside Argos at the Moor Allerton Centre on the Leeds

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Leeds Swifts

Swift watching in Gledhow

Another chance to learn about one of the UK’s most enigmatic bird species, the swift. You’ll be able to watch these amazing birds feeding chicks both outside and inside the nest, by way of webcams, and find out all about their nesting and migratory habits. £15 per person including refreshments

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