Bird song at St Aidan’s

Friday birdwatching club: bird song at St Aidan’s After optional breakfast from 9am at Rivers Meet Cafe we’ll enter St Aidan’s from Methley which will get us onto the reedbeds via the fastest route. Our walk will give us the chance to listen to bird song before experiencing the sounds of

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Bird song at Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve

Bird song at Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve Tucked away between Kirkstall Road, the River Aire, the railway line and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve. This linear site provides a sheltered spot for birds such as bullfinch, chiffchaff, willow warbler and goldcrest and

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Bird song at Farnley Beck

Bird song at Farnley Beck Follow Farnley Beck through the woodland surrounding the famous Post Hill, once the site of the Yorkshire Post sponsored motorcycle scrambling event. We’ll look for great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, grey wagtail, kingfisher and warblers such as blackcap, garden warbler, common whitethroat, chiffchaff and willow warbler (download

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North Cave Wetlands and Blacktoft Sands

YWT North Cave Wetlands/RSPB Blacktoft Sands This full day wetland spectacular takes us to two of the best reserves in the Goole area, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s North Cave Wetlands and RSPB Blacktoft Sands. We’ll explore the lagoons, scrub, ridge and furrow and surrounding farmland at both reserves and listen out

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Bird song at Woodlesford Lock

Friday birdwatching club: bird song at Woodlesford Lock After optional breakfast from 9am we’ll head up to Woodlesford Lock in Allerton Bywater. 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

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Bird song at Rodley Nature Reserve

Bird song at Rodley Nature Reserve Another special private visit to one of our favourite places. We’ll have Rodley Nature Reserve to ourselves again on what I hope will be a lovely late spring evening. We’ll be focusing on resident and migrant bird song (Cetti’s warbler, grasshopper warbler, garden warbler, common and

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Bird song at Eccup Whin

Bird song at Eccup Whin It’s a while since I offered a bird song trip to this little nature area close to the more well known Golden Acre Park. Eccup Whin is a fantastic mixture of woodland and scrub adjacent to farmland so there’s plenty of scope for learning the songs

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Bird song at Nosterfield

Bird song at Nosterfield NR and Quarry Spring is a treat at Nosterfield – a time when all the hedgerows, fields and scrub come alive with singing resident birds and migrant species. Look for yellow wagtail, whitethroat, stonechat, yellowhammer, little owl, barn owl, lapwing, redshank, curlew and learn the difference

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RSPB Leighton Moss

RSPB Leighton Moss Visit one of the RSPB’s flagship reserves in beautiful Silverdale, Lancashire and listen out for bittern and bearded tit in the extensive reedbed. With luck we’ll see marsh harrier performing a food pass, our only summer visting duck, the garganey and Mediterranean gull. Price: £55 per person including

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Bird song at Letchmire Pastures Nature Reserve

Friday birdwatching club: bird song at Letchmire Pastures After optional breakfast from 9am we’ll birdwatch at the little known Letchmire Pastures in Allerton Bywater. There will be a wide range of birds to listen to including warbler species: blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, sedge and reed warbler and residents

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