Throughout the year we organise a variety of events including guided walks, workshops and group activities. On rare occasions there may be a late change to the plan. You can always contact us beforehand if you wish.
Latest event posters
(Any help with displaying our posters is greatly appreciated).
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.
Sat 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!
Sat 15th June 1-4pm
Come and join our annual celebration of the reserve.
Sat 22nd June 10:00am
- With Harry Allenby
Join Harry once again to see what Summer plants are around, will he find something new, who knows?
Ramblings on the Reserve
Sat 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
Sat 13th July 10.00am
- The Folklore of Plants and Trees
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.
Fri 26th July 9.00pm
- With Ian Butterfield
Meet at Buck Lane Canal Swing Bridge. Join Ian to see, hear and learn about these fascinating flying mammals.
Sat 10th August 10:00am
- With Harry Allenby
Join Harry for the last of this year's hunt for plants, what will he find this time?
Birds on the Move Part 1
Sat 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 2
Sat 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
Sat 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?
Sat 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
Sat 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.
Workshops are held at the Education Centre and are limited to 10 places and sometimes less depending on the subject. To book a place or for more information contact the Warden. All the workshops are free though donations would be gratefully received.
Frogs and Newts
Sat 20th April 10am-12noon
We will be looking for newts and frogs and looking at their identification and habits.
Sat 11th May 8am-12noon
An early start to look and listen for Spring birds.
Dragons and Damselflies
Sat 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
Sat 20th July 10am-2pm
Come and learn how to find and identify the creatures that live in the pond. Adults only.
Pond Management Theory
Sat 17th August 10am-12noon
We will be looking at pond management, the pros and cons.
Autumn Bird Migration
Sat 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
Sat 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
Sat 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.
Sat 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.
School Holiday Events
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.
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.