Pond dipping

Throughout the year we organise a variety of events including guided walks, work parties and group activities. On rare occasions there may be a late change to the plan. You can always contact us beforehand if you wish.


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pdf logo Walks: Jan-Mar 2019

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Walks start on Otley Road at the Public Footpath, opposite the lay by near St James Church. The walks are led by the warden and the duration is about two hours unless otherwise stated.

Another New Year, let's look and see what's about

Saturday 12th January 10.00am

Come and join the warden for the first walk of the season, will there be snow? who knows? more to the point what will we find?

Winter Birds - let's find some winter visitors

Saturday 9th February 10:00am

We will be looking at the winter birds and we will give them a snack or two to help them on their way.

What Bird Said That?

Saturday 9th March 10.00am

Join Andrew and the Warden to hear what birds are calling and singing throughout the reserve. Will we hear something new, who knows?

Wildflowers with Harry Allenby

Saturday 23rd March 10.00am

Come and join Harry and see what plants he can hunt down on the reserve.

Spring is Around the Corner

Saturday 13th April 10.00am

Join the Warden to see if Spring has arrived, we will be looking at the lants and the birds, and anything else that might just have blown Winter away.

Dawn Chorus

Saturday 11th May 4.00am

Join the Warden as we try and hear the early bird, take note it is an early start so set the alarm!

Celebration Day

Saturday 15th June 1-4pm

Come and join our annual Celebration of the reserve.

Wildflowers with Harry Allenby

Saturday 22nd June 10:00am

Join Harry once again to see what Summer plants are around, will he find something new, who knows?

Ramblings on the Reserve

Saturday 22nd June 1.00pm

Join the Warden as he rambles through some Ramblings and maybe a verse or two to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

Through the Year: The Folklore of Plants and Trees

Saturday 13th July 10.00am

Join the Warden as we look at the folklore of the trees and plants on the reserve, some might chill you or make you laugh out loud.

Bat Walk with Ian Butterfield. Meet at Buck Lane Canal Swing Bridge

Friday 26th July 9.00pm

Join Ian to see, hear and learn about these fascinating flying mammals.

Wildflowers with Harry Allenby

Saturday 10th August 10:00am

Join Harry for the last of this year's hunt for plants, what will he find this time?

Birds on the Move Part One

Saturday 14th September 8.00am

Join the Warden as we look to the skies and see the wonder of bird migration.

Birds on the Move Part Two

Saturday 12th October 8.00am

Join the Warden as we once again look to the skies for migrating birds. He will give you an update on the things that have come and gone, and hopefully things to come.

The Sound of Silence

Saturday 9th November 10.00am

Do you like a challenge? Then join the Warden for a silent walk around the reserve, look and listen but don't tell, well not 'till the end, can you do it? Can the Warden do it?

Evening Roost

Saturday 9th November 4.00pm

Come and join the Warden as we look to see the birds going to bed, and we will also be listening for any Winter song. Wrap up tight as it might be chilly

Christmas (P)Reserve

Saturday 14th December 1.00pm

Come and join the Warden for the last walk of 2019, here we will celebrate the midwinter and hopefully with song, mince pies and a smile or two.


Pond dipping

On site guided walks and offsite talks have been given to a variety of groups including local schools and other children’s organisations taking enthusiastic advantage of the facility.

Adult group visits have included naturalist groups, church groups, women’s organisations, photographic and history groups, some returning more than once.



Workshops are held at the Education Centre and are limited to 10 places. To book a place or for more information contact Steve. All the workshops are free though donations would be gratefully received.


Saturday 19th January 10am-2pm (Fully Booked)

Come and learn the art of coppicing. This is a practical course, we will be working on areas that need to be coppiced.

Winter tree identification

Saturday 16th February 10am-2pm

We will be looking at trees in their leafless forms and learning how to identify them during the winter months.

Pond Dipping for Adults

Wednesday 6th March 1pm-3pm

We will be looking at the creatures that can be foundin a pond and learning how to pond dip. Adults only.

Wildflowers with Harry Allenby

Saturday 16th March 10am-2pm

Join Harry to learn how to identify the flowers on the reserve.

Frogs and Newts

Saturday 20th April 10am-12noon

We will be looking for newts and frogs and looking at their identification and habits.

Spring Birds

Saturday 11th May 8am-12noon

An early start to look and listen for Spring birds.

Dragons and Damselflies

Saturday 8th June 10am-2pm

We will be looking for both dragonflies and damselflies and learning how to record, plus identification tips.

Pond Dipping for Adults

Saturday 20th July 10am-2pm

Come and learn how to find and identify the creatures that live in the pond. Adults only.

Pond Management Theory

Saturday 17th August 10am-12noon

We will be looking at pond management, the pros and cons.

Autumn Bird Migration (vis-migging)

Saturday 21st September 8am-2pm

Come and learn to spot birds on the move from little dots to something bigger. We will be looking at birds in flight, and calls that they make as they pass through - binoculars advised. This is a 2 part workshop, the 2nd part will be held in October.

Autumn Bird Migration (vis-migging)

Saturday 19th October 8am-12noon

This is a follow up to the September bird migration workshop. We will be concentrating on the birds moving through the reserve and comparing the results with Septembers workshop: binoculars advised.

Mammal Tracks and Signs

Saturday 23rd November 10am-2pm

Using the habitat boards that we have around the reserve, we will be looking at the tracks and signs that the animals leave.

Owl Pellets

Saturday 21st December 10am-2pm

Give yourself a well deserved rest from the Christmas mayhem, come and unwrap owl pellets and be amazed what you find.


Spider Club Pond

Thursdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm

(meet at the stone seat on the reserve).

Come and do Nothing and Stare at the Clouds

Thursday 8th August

It's the start of the holidays, you've had a busy year so why not just come and bring a picnic, relax and look at the clouds and then decide what you want to do.


Thursday 15th August

There are lots of them, Boggarts, come and search them out, if you don't know what they are, come down to the reserve and all will be revealed.

Bring a Picnic and Maybe a Bear

Thursday 22nd August

Come down, bring a picnic and bring a bear or another friend, and if you like a story do you have a tale to tell? Could you make up a story? Join the Warden and he may have some tales to tell, just wait and see.

Looking for Colour

Thursday 23rd August

Look around you, can you see all the colours? Do you want to paint them or draw them, or even write about them? Bring a picnic and a friend and let your imagination run wild.