Check the programme below for coming events.

*All details are in the latest newsletter*



Programme of events 2017


There is a field trip on the second Friday of each month, and either a Saturday or Sunday field trip most months.

Evening meetings are held on the third Monday of each month: in summer these are usually field trips, and in winter months based at the Royal Oak, Dacre Banks.

Events may be subject to change. For further information and to book a place on a trip, members should contact the event organiser and non-members should contact info@niddbirds.org.uk. Trips may be cancelled if the weather is poor or there appears to be insufficient interest, so we need to know in advance who wants to go. There are usually opportunities to car share for events.


There will be an individual charge for events marked with an asterisk (*).


Friday 13th


Staveley YWT Reserve: a visit to one of our favourite local reserves.

Monday 30th (Evening) Botswana: an illustrated talk on a recent trip by members

Friday 10th


Potteric Carr YWT Reserve: a visit to the wetland habitat and carr woodland on the outskirts of Doncaster where we hope to see a variety of woodland and water birds.

Monday 20th (Evening) “The RSPB’s Conservation work in Yorkshire, the Humber and the Peak District”: a talk by Helen Byron, RSPB Conservation Officer.
Saturday 25th Nosterfield Quarry – Lingham, Flask and Reedbeds: a morning visit for wildfowl and overwintering waders.

Friday 10th


RSPB Marshside Reserve, Lancashire: a trip to the south shore of the Ribble Estuary, looking for geese, ducks and waders.

Monday 20th (Evening) Investigating Wildlife Crime: a presentation by Howard Jones, RSPB Investigations Officer.
Sat 25th Bolton-on-Swale Lake: an early Spring visit to a former sand and gravel quarry off the A1 with wildfowl and woodland birds.

Friday 14th


Updale to Scar House Reservoir: a trip up Nidderdale for Spring upland birds (in conjunction with Nidderdale AONB)

Monday 17th (Evening) Annual General Meeting followed by an update on the proposed Gouthwaite Wildlife Centre.
Saturday 22nd Ripon – where two rivers meet (Skell & Laver): a morning walk to Hellwath and Whitcliffe Wood nature reserve.

Friday 12th


Barden Bridge and Strid Woods: an early morning bird walk listening for the ‘dawn chorus’ and much more.

Monday 15th (Evening) Galphay: an evening walk in farmland between Ripon and Pateley Bridge.
Saturday 20th Big Day Bird Watch in the AONB: a team event to locate the number of bird species in our recording area.

Friday 9th


Conistone Dib – Sheila’s breeding bird survey site: a half-day visit to Wharfedale to see river and upland birds as we walk from Conistone village through Conistone Dib, a limestone gorge, up onto the Dales Way footpath.

Monday 19th (Evening) Stainburn Forest: a late evening walk looking for Woodcock and Nightjars .
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th Northumberland Coast Weekend: based in Seahouses, a full weekend exploring this glorious area.*

Saturday 15th


Social at Glasshouses: a choice of two or three short morning walks from the Broadbelt Hall followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the Hall.

Monday 17th (Evening) Burton Leonard Lime Quarries: an evening walk around this YWT Reserve with its special mix of habitats for butterflies and displays of limestone grassland flowers.

Friday 11th


Fylingdales Moor: a trip to this conservation area in the North Yorks Moors National Park managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust.

Monday 21st (Evening) Blazefield: an evening visit to the home of members in Blazefield, the garden and surrounding area being managed for conservation.

Friday 8th


RSPB Saltholme & Teesmouth:  a visit to this popular reserve on Teesside which provides a calm oasis for wildlife.

Saturday 23rd Lower Washburn Valley: a riverside walk through ancient woodland.
Monday 25th Nidderdale Show: come and visit the club stand at the Show.

Friday 13th


Hackfall Woods: an Autumn walk through this beautiful managed woodland.

Monday 16th (Evening) Members’ Night: an opportunity to share our birdwatching experiences.
Sunday 29th YWT Paull Holme Strays, Humber Estuary: this reserve is on the north shore of the Humber where in winter there are thousands of wintering waders.

Friday 10th


RSPB Old Moor: a chance to see flocks of Golden Plover and other waders and wildfowl at this reserve between Doncaster and Barnsley.

Monday 20th (Evening) “Red Kites in Yorkshire”: a talk by Doug Simpson.
Sunday 26th Gouthwaite: a visit to our local reservoir for wintering wildfowl and raptors.

Friday 8th


Staveley Reserve: a morning visit followed by Christmas Lunch at the Royal Oak.*

Monday 18th (Evening) Christmas Social event. *