Events

 

Check the programme below for coming events.

*All details are in the latest newsletter*

 

NIDDERDALE BIRDWATCHERS

Programme of events 2018

 

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 the Club’s email address. 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 (*).

 2018 Programme  
April  
Monday 16th

(Evening)

Annual General Meeting followed by a briefing on ‘Operation Owl’ and raptor persecution.
Saturday 21st Barden Bridge & Strid Woods: an early morning walk to catch the ‘dawn chorus’ and much more.
 
May

Friday 11th

 

Littondale/Halton Gill: a half-day visit to an updale farming area managed for Yellow Wagtail and other wildlife.

Sunday 20th Big Day Bird Watch in the AONB: a concerted effort by members visiting different locations within the AONB, and a chance to make your sightings count!
Monday 21st

(Evening)

Park Rash and Great Whernside: visit to an upland breeding area for Golden Plover and Dunlin, on the boundary of Nidderdale and Wharfedale.
 
June

Friday 8th

 

RSPB Fairburn Ings: a chance to catch up with breeding Spoonbill at an extensive and well-established reserve.

Monday 18th

(Evening)

Stainburn Forest: a late evening walk looking for Woodcock and Nightjars.
Sunday 24th RSPB Geltsdale, nr Brampton in Cumbria: set in the Northern Pennines AONB, this reserve is home to Black Grouse, birds of prey and breeding waders.
 
July

Friday 13th

 

RSPB Leighton Moss: a full day visit to this reserve close to Morecambe Bay where there is always something of interest to see.

Monday 16th

(Evening)

Lofthouse Moor: an evening walk on high moorland in our local area.
August

Friday 10th

 

RSPB Blacktoft Sands: a full day visit – the start of our series of Autumn Migration events.

Monday 20th

(Evening)

Local Migration Spotting: continuing the migration theme – possible locations include Silver Hill and Greenhow.
   
September

Friday 14th

 

Ripon Loop and Ripon Parks:  a half-day exploring this SSSI north of Ripon, with the option of extending the trip with a visit to High Batts Nature Reserve.

Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th Spurn Point: a two-night stay to take in Autumn Migration.*
Monday 24th Nidderdale Show: come to the Club stand and help spread the birding message to the public.
   
October

Friday 12th

 

Sites in the Derwent Valley: exploring the important bird corridor to the south of York.

Monday 15th (Evening) Members’ Night: an opportunity to share our birdwatching experiences.
Saturday 27th Calderdale: a visit to Soil Hill and the Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve in West Yorkshire.
   
November

Friday 9th

 

RSPB St. Aidans: a trip to this new reserve between Leeds and Castleford which has several pools and reedbeds.

Monday 19th (Evening) “Yellow Wagtail Migration”: a talk by Brian Wood.
Sunday 25th Sue Harrison’s Patch: spend the morning on a guided tour of our Chairman’s birdwatching patch between Wath and Silver Hill.
   
December

Friday 14th

 

Nosterfield Nature Reserve: a morning visit followed by Christmas Lunch at The Bull, West Tanfield.*

Monday 17th (Evening) Christmas Social Evening. *