Events

 

Check the programme below for coming events.

*All details are in the latest newsletter*

 

NIDDERDALE BIRDWATCHERS

Programme of events 

 

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 (*).

January

Fri 11th

 

Fairburn Ings and possibly Swillington Ings; a full day birdwatching for winter birds in woods and on water
January

Mon 28th

Pub Evening

 

Birds of Colombia; Andrew Hanby, a Spurn regular and expert on visual migration, will talk about a recent trip to Colombia
February

Fri 8th

 

RSPB Blacktoft Sands;  Winter birds on the Humber, staying till dusk for the harrier roost
February

Mon 18th

Pub Evening

 

Wild Watch in Nidderdale; a talk by John Altringham about the project
February

Sat 23rd

 

High Batts Nature Reserve; a full day at ‘the Batts’.  Colin Slator will show us the new development and we will look for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

 

March

Fri 8th

Staveley Nature Reserve; a half day visit to one of our favourite local reserves

 

March

Mon 18th

Pub Evening

 

The Hen Harrier in England; Stephen Murphy from Natural England – a talk on identification and behaviour in the field and how we can get involved

 

March

Sat 23rd

 

Studley Park; a half day visit to explore the woods and water at this lovely site

 

April

Fri 12th

 

Updale Day; our usual visit to Upper Nidderdale for breeding birds
April

Mon 15th

Pub Evening

 

AGM followed by ‘entertainment’
April

Sun 21st

 

Hatfield Moor Reserve; a ‘little brown jobs’ workshop with Sheila Nash.  We will look for Wood Lark

 

May

Fri 10th

 

Strid Woods; an early morning bird walk on the River Wharfe for the dawn chorus and much more

 

May

Sun 19th

 

Big Bird Watch in the AONB; a concerted effort by members visiting different locations to see as many species as possible

 

May

Mon 20th

Evening Walk

 

An evening walk at a local patch on the edge of Pateley Moor

 

June

Fri 14th

 

 

Malham Tarn House and Malham Cove; the morning in the grounds of the field centre and then to the cove for the Peregrines
June

Sat 15th

Evening Walk

 

Stainburn Forest; our late evening visit to find the Nightjar

 

June

Sat 22nd

 

North Cave Nature Reserve; this developing reserve is good for many species

 

July

Fri 12th

 

North York Moors; searching for Turtle Dove

 

July

Mon 15th

Evening Walk

 

Sawley; a local patch visit looking for breeding Tree Sparrows and other delights
August

Fri 9th

 

Hartlepool, North Gare and RSPB Saltholme; Migration, sea watching and seals, and famous reserve
August

Mon 19th

Evening Walk

Harper Hill; Visual migration at one of Nidderdale’s high points

 

September

Fri 13th

 

 

RSPB Blacktoft Sands; a wader workshop with Sheila Nash.  Improve your wader ID and knowledge

 

September

Sun 22nd

 

Migration; the venue will be chosen much nearer the time when we know the weather conditions.  Could be all day at the East Coast
September

Mon 23rd

Nidderdale Show

 

October

Fri 11th

 

Flamborough; a 2-day visit for migration, staying overnight *
October

Mon 21st

Pub Evening

 

Members’ Night; an opportunity to share our birdwatching experiences
November

Fri 8th

 

Nosterfield Nature Reserve; a morning visit for winter birds
November

Fri 15 to Mon 18 Nov

Caerlaverock WWT Reserve; a 3 night visit to Caerlaverock WWT reserve on the north Solway coast for the winter wildfowl and sea watching with a possible Golden Eagle *

 

November

Mon 18th

Pub Evening

 

Birdwatching in Northern India;  a slide show by a club member
December

Fri 13th

 

Staveley Nature Reserve; followed by Christmas Lunch at The Royal Oak, Staveley *
December

Mon 16th

Pub Evening

 

Christmas Social Evening *