Baildon Bank This area covers the hillside above Baildon Green and runs east to the main road between Baildon and Shipley and east to almost Shipley Glen. The stone face on the hill has been worked and quarry spoils are in evidence. Small trees such as silver birch have reclaimed the area along with brambles.
All three woodpeckers have been recorded but this is a really good site for Green Woodpecker. Ants amongst the boulders are an obvious attraction to this species. Kestrel and Tawny Owl also take advantage of the crevices. The small trees dotted about ensure that most woodland species are seen such as Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch and Tit family.
Woodcock rodes the area and Jays, Nuthatch and Treecreeper stray from the Shipley Glen Wood into this area. The bank sees good numbers of Swifts hawking during the summer whilst winter brings Fieldfare, Redwing and Redpoll searching for food. With a good number of birds recorded, it’s not surprising that Sparrowhawk is sighted regularly.
nearby sites: Shipley Glen, Hirstwood, Glovershaw and Sconce
Caldene Fields, Wyke
Denso Marston, Baildon
Dowley Gap Works, Bingley Dowley Gap Sewage Works hold good numbers of Pied Wagtails during the winter. A wintering gull roost is a permanent feature along with other birds seeking refuge such as Meadow Pipit and Grey Wagtail. In spring and summer, Swallow and Swift feed over the settling tanks. The nearby Hirst Woods are an excellent site for the typical mixed woodland species, including all three species of woodpecker, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. Kingfisher can be seen along the canal and River Aire and Common Sandpiper, Goosander and Dipper are not unknown.
nearby sites: Shipley Glen and Hirstwood
Esholt & Buck Woods
Got Stock, Harden
The wooded ares of Hirstwood on the south side of the River Aire and Bull Copy Woods on the north provide the birder with an opportunity to see a good range of woodland species such as Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrow Hawk. This area has long been an established site for the elusive Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Bull Copy Woods and the nearby Coach Road at the bottom of Shipley Glen are good places to watch for this bird. Kingfisher can be seen along the canal and River Aire and Common Sandpiper, Goosander and Dipper are not unknown. A large roost of Grey Herons can be seen throughout the autumn and winter on the 'muck-heap' to the north of Bull Copy Woods.
nearby sites: Hirstwood, Dowley Gap Sewage Works and Shipley Glen
Shipley Glen Birding in and around Shipley Glen can be quite rewarding. You would expect to see most common species in a stroll through the woods and the open moorland offers a fine contrast with good views of upland birds. Nuthatch has established itself in the mature deciduous woodland along with all three woodpeckers, Treecreeper and Jay. The fields and upland above the Glen offer habitat for Curlew, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting in summer and Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrush in winter.
nearby sites: Hirstwood, Glovershaw, Eldwick and Sconce
Toad Holes Beck, Wyke