Rodley park and woodland

Take a walk through this little known area of Leeds to explore the parkland and wooded areas above Rodley and Bagley. Learn some resident bird songs and calls such as great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, nuthatch, robin, wren and dunnock. Price £15 per person including refreshments. Transport For this trip we meet

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St Aidan’s from Methley

Friday Breakfast Club visits RSPB St Aidan’s this week after starting the day with an optional bacon butty at Rivers Meet Cafe. During mid-winter we expect to see lots of ducks, geese and perhaps some winter swan species. We’ll also search for hunting raptors and small birds such as stonechat, linnet

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Bird songs and calls at Breary Marsh

The winter months are a good time to start learning bird song. We’ll differentiate between robin and wren songs and listen for great tit, mistle thrush and song thrush singing in the woodland. If the weather is favourable we may be able to hear goldcrest singing and we’ll also be

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Understanding wings and feathers

One of the common problems experienced when watching birds is how to interpret the anatomy of a bird when perched compared to when it is flying. This indoor session looks at the structure of a bird’s wing and how markings and individual feathers are perceived when the wing is folded.

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Birdsong and photography workshop, Middleton Woods, Ilkley

On this year’s visit to the stunning bluebell woods of Middleton in Ilkley, I’ll be joined by wildlife photographer and photography teacher, Paul Miguel for a bluebell and birdsong spectacular. We’ll start by checking out the River Wharfe for grey wagtail, dipper, kingfisher, sand martins and common sandpiper before heading into

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Bolton Abbey and Barden Scale

I always look forward to my annual visit to beautiful Bolton Abbey with its dramatic views of the River Wharfe. We will look for pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, redstart and wood warbler in the woodland and common sandpiper, kingfisher, grey wagtail, dipper, mandarin and goosander on the river. We’ll then

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Goshawks and gannets

On this trip we will head off to the famous raptor viewpoint in Wykeham Forest to watch for displaying goshawk at the start of the breeding season. We’ll also look here for singing crossbill. In the afternoon we’ll look for newly arrived spring migrants along the east coast, early gannets

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Kilnsea Wetlands and Spurn

What could be better than a visit to Spurn and Kilnsea during early spring? Perhaps a visit to Spurn and Kilnsea preceded by a bacon butty in Patrington? Birding heaven. After our stop-off for breakfast we’ll check the lagoons, fields and hedgerows around Kilnsea Wetlands for migrating waders and passerines;

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Winter flocks and birdsong at 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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