RSPB St Aidan’s and RSPB Fairburn Ings

Friday birdwatching club: St Aidan’s and Fairburn After optional breakfast from Rivers Meet Cafe at 9am we’ll start our day at St Aidan’s from Methley. We’ll spend a couple of hours birding around the reedbeds (2 hour option £15) looking and listening for booming bittern, bearded tit, sand martin and black-necked

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Rodley Nature Reserve

Bird song at Rodley Nature Reserve Always a favourite venue. This time the focus of our visit will be bird song. Learn the songs of reed bunting, chiffchaff and willow warbler and listen as the sand martins explore the artificial nest site at the reserve.There will be signs of spring

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Northumberland Tour

Northumberland Tour Our 3 day late spring tour explores the beautiful Northumberland coastline with spectacular views of ancient castles, sandy beaches and rocky islands. You’ll visit some of the best birdwatching sites in the area including Druridge Bay and Lindisfarne and take a boat trip from Seahouses to Inner Farne to see grey

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Summer Yorkshire Wildlife Safari

Summer Yorkshire Wildlife Safari Start Birding teams up with Yorkshire Coast Nature to bring you a wonderful summer safari in North and East Yorkshire. You will discover a wide range of wildlife from orchids and butterflies to seabirds and birds of prey. In the Yorkshire Wolds and North York Moors National Park we will be visiting some

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Bird song at St Aidan’s

Friday birdwatching club: bird song at St Aidan’s After optional breakfast from 9am we’ll enter St Aidan’s from the dragline at the main gate. This appoach will give us the best view of resident birds singing in the scrub and surrounding fields. Learn the songs of reed bunting, meadow pipit, stonechat

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Migration at Spurn and Kilnsea

Migration at Spurn and Kilnsea Spurn lovers! Here’s the date you’ve been waiting for – the spring migration visit to the most easterly tip of Yorkshire and the migration magnet of the north. I’d be a fool (my April 1st reference) to try to second guess the birds that we might see

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Rothwell Country Park

Tuesday birdwatchers: Rothwell Country Park This is the first time that Rothwell Country Park has been offered as a birdwatching venue by Start Birding. We’ll explore the woodland and scrubland of the country park and drop down onto the Aire Valley to look for water birds. There’s bound to be plenty

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Migration at North Cave

Migration at North Cave Early spring is the time when we can mop up on our winter birds and also welcome in the newly arrived spring migrants. Anything could turn up at this amazing and expanding Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve. On arrival, we’ll take advantage of the The Wild Bird Cafe and eat

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Bird song at Mickletown Ings

Friday birdwatching club: bird song at Mickletown Ings After optional breakfast from 9am at Rivers Meet Cafe, we’ll take another different approach to St Aidan’s via Mickletown Ings. Here we’ll listen to the songs of resident woodland and scrubland birds. Migrating birds will also be the focus. We’ll look for spring visitors,

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Fairburn Ings

Tuesday birdwatchers: Fairburn Ings, Cut Road At the vernal equinox, bird song is in full swing and there is a chance that we’ll find both chiffchaff and willow warbler singing in Yorkshire and we may even see sand martin. It’s also a great time for the winter/spring crossover in terms of

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