Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

February 2020

Wed
19

Indoor Meeting - Speaker from the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital

Location: Friends Meeting House, St Mark's St (off Woodhouse Lane opposite the University Mechanical Engineering building)
Postcode: LS2 9DX (Google map)

The Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital is the only dedicated full-time swan sanctuary in Northern England, responding to many thousands of calls each year to injured animals. Founded in 2005, the charity was established to respond to the urgent need to assist hundreds of injured wild swans across the region, offering a 24-hour rescue service, dedicated hospital facilities and sanctuary to these magnificent birds, each rescued with a view to being released back into the wild. Our speaker will tell us about the work of the YSRH and the challenges it faces.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Group members £4.00, non-members £5.00

E-mail: rspbleeds@googlemail.com

Sat
22

Coach Outing - Tophill Low

Location: Coach departs from Infirmary Street, City Square, Leeds.

The coach will also pick up 20 minutes before the Infirmary Street departure time, at the main Roundhay Park car park on Princes Avenue, opposite Lidgett Park Road and near Tropical World.

Tophill Low Nature reserve is an active Yorkshire Water treatment works built in 1959. It formally opened as a nature reserve in 1993 and features 12 hides spread across a 300 acre site that flanks the River Hull. The two reservoirs - 'D' and 'O' dominate the reserve and have SSSI status for their massive wildfowl numbers. Back by popular demand as the reserve had been transformed on our visit last year with woodland walks alive with singing birds, and red-crested pochard and red-necked grebe being lifers for many - though we can't promise they will be there again!

Most walking is on good tarmac or gravel paths but the tracks into the woodland areas can be muddy. There are toilets at the Visitor Centre but bring your own packed lunch and drinks as there is no café. There is a facility for tea and coffee making in the Reception Hide.

Time: Coach departs at 8.30am sharp from Infirmary Street (8.10am from Roundhay Park)

Price: £22.00: Over 65 £21.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 07722 120540

March 2020

Wed
18

Indoor Meeting - Tom Lawson: Assam, the Tea Country of India

Location: Friends Meeting House, St Mark's St (off Woodhouse Lane opposite the University Mechanical Engineering building)
Postcode: LS2 9DX (Google map)

Assam, in the far north-east of India, is the major tea-producing state in the country, but is still an area infrequently visited by Europeans. The talk will travel through Assam and then up into the foothills of the Himalaya looking at the people, and spectacular scenery and wildlife. Pride of place is the Kazaranga National Park, which has Tiger as well as many other mammals and birds

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Group members £4.00, non-members £5.00

E-mail: rspbleeds@googlemail.com

Sat
28

Coach Outing - Upper Teesdale Walk

Location: Coach departs from Infirmary Street, City Square, Leeds.

The coach will also pick up 20 minutes before the Infirmary Street departure time, at the main Roundhay Park car park on Princes Avenue, opposite Lidgett Park Road and near Tropical World.

We daren't leave this trip out now as it has rapidly become a firm favourite with everyone, despite the likelihood of rain dampening the proceedings! Stopping first near High Force, we walk along the River Tees looking for displaying snipe, lapwing and riverside birds such as dipper and grey wagtail. At lunchtime, we will drive further up the valley looking for lekking black grouse before parking near the Langdon Beck Hotel with an optional walk to Widdybank Fell. We have had wheatear, golden plover in full breeding plumage, and, last year, a newly arrived male ring ouzel sitting out in the open singing loudly to proclaim his territory. But we can't guarantee the same every year!

There are toilets and refreshments at both High Force and Langdon Beck Hotel but please buy something if you use their toilets. Each year, the Langdon Beck Hotel bake extra cakes and we still manage to eat them all before returning to the coach! This walk does involve some uneven terrain and some hills but a basic level of fitness should be sufficient and all walks are optional.
   

Time: Coach departs at 8.30am sharp from Infirmary Street (8.10am from Roundhay Park)

Price: £19.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 07722 120540

April 2020

Wed
15

Indoor Meeting - Linda Jenkinson: A Year in the Life of a Swift

Location: Friends Meeting House, St Mark's St (off Woodhouse Lane opposite the University Mechanical Engineering building)
Postcode: LS2 9DX (Google map)

Do you love the haunting sound of swifts screaming overhead each summer? If you do then you will have noticed that this sound is now becoming a rare event. Learn why this is and how you can help to protect this enigmatic bird. You will see footage of swifts in the nest and learn about their breeding behaviour and astonishing natural history.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Group members £4.00, non-members £5.00

E-mail: rspbleeds@googlemail.com

Sat
18

Coach Outing - Leighton Moss

Location: Coach departs from Infirmary Street, City Square, Leeds.

The coach will also pick up 20 minutes before the Infirmary Street departure time, at the main Roundhay Park car park on Princes Avenue, opposite Lidgett Park Road and near Tropical World

Another trip back by popular demand! Leighton Moss boasts the largest reed bed in north-west England and is home to a wide range of spectacular wildlife including otters, bearded tits, marsh harriers, egrets and red deer. At this time of year we may hear booming bitterns; see passing black terns; and catch up with the recently arrived warblers and hirundines. There is also an area where robins, nuthatches and marsh tit come to eat seed (even eating out of your hand!) so photographers bring your cameras.

The Visitor Centre has toilets and a shop, and the café boasts the best cake of any reserve we visit! Paths are of a high standard throughout. Some hides are accessed by walking along the road which can be quite busy so be aware of the traffic at all times.

Time: Coach departs at 8.30am sharp from Infirmary Street (8.10am from Roundhay Park)

Price: £19.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 07722 120540