Songs and calls at Gallows Hill

The winter months are the best time to start learning birdsong. In January it is possible to hear the songs of robin and wren and possibly dunnock, great tit and mistle thrush. There’s also the chance we might get winter visiting thrushes as well as dipper, grey wagtail and kingfisher

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RSPB Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme

In the midst of industry and contemporary art nestles the wonderful wildlife haven of Teesside and RSPB Saltholme. While we search the pools, mudflats and scrubland for wildfowl, waders and passerines we’ll also be able to enjoy distant views of Anish Kapoor’s art installation, Temenos, from a variety of angles. With luck

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Songs and calls at Woodlesford Lock

After optional breakfast from 09:00 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 listen for birdsong and communication calls in the woodland and surrounding scruband and look for birds on the river and canal.

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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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Dusk at St Aidan’s – Full

Look for short-eared owl, barn owl and little owl on this special dusk outing to St Aidans. We’ll also look for starling flocks, check out the gulls coming to their evening roost and listen for courting water rail. Price £25 including a fully guided session, travel, refreshments and a list

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Bird songs and calls at Woodside, Horsforth

Explore the little known area of Clayton, Daffy and Spring Woods at Woodside in Horsforth and learn about the birds that can be seen there in the winter months. We’ll be looking for dipper, grey wagtail, kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, lesser spotted woodpecker, treecreeper and nuthatch and learning some winter

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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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Lowther Lake

After optional breakfast from 09:00, we’ll explore this small lake and adjoining farmland between St Aidan’s and Fairburn Ings. Birdwatching starts at 10:00. We’ll look for yellowhammer, tree sparrow, reed bunting and water birds on the lake then check out the birds on the River Aire. Contact me for breakfast

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Dusk at Staveley

One of my favourite places to visit – this time we’ll take a walk around this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve in the afternoon to see wildfowl, waders and winter flocks of tit, buntings and thrushes. As the light fades, we hope to watch water rail, barn owl and a small

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