Planned Walks and Events

Local Patch Challenge 7th May 2017

Do you like a challenge and a bit of fun? Do you like getting out birding? If your answer is yes.......
well there is a forthcoming event right up your street – the new “Local Patch Bird Challenge”.

The idea is to see how many different species of birds you can find in your Bradford local patch/area in an 18 hour period? No, you don't have to be out for 18 hours..... you could do an hour or two, the choice is yours.

But I don't have a local patch..... not a problem, now is the time to think about that wood, fields or pond etc. that you have seen but never got round to paying a visit. It’s the participating and taking part that counts and who knows what you may find!

The Challenge day will start at 00.00 Sunday morning of the 7th of May 2017 and finish at 18.00 in the evening. However, the good news, as stated earlier, is that you can start and finish whenever you want within the allocated times.

As a bit of fun, you could give yourself or team, a name. I think I will be “The Low Moor Warbler”.
What will you be?

Sadly, now for the boring bit.....Rules
  • Fly over bird can be counted but MUST be over your patch/area you are covering.
  • Calls are counted but from within your patch/area only.
  • Breeding birds MUST NOT be disturbed.
  • The patch recording area no bigger than a mile in diameter.
  • Please write your name(s), location watched and species count + any additional information on paper and bring it to the the social event mentioned below.
As a follow up, all participants are invited to meet on the next evening, Monday 8th of May at 7pm for a friendly drink and to share the previous day's fun. This is at The Brown Cow Inn at Bingley and a function room is booked for us. Bring along your record sheets for others to look at and there may well be a Challenge Cup for presentation to the winner(s).

So pencil in the 7th May 2017 on your calendar, participate and enjoy being out birding.....some may say experience some friendly birding rivalry, after all my site is better than yours........isn't it?

A copy of the Rules and the Recording Sheet are attached.

Martyn Priestley
Forthcoming Organised Walks - Spring/Summer 2017

27 May 2017 Beecroft & Timble Plantations
We meet at 8am at the car park (has toilets) close to Swinsty & Fewston Reservoirs. The walk takes us along Fewston Reservoir before we turn into Beecroft Plantation. We later cross over near Anchor Farm into Timble Plantation and follow a land rover track around the woods before taking a road back through Timble Village. From there we drop down back to the car park for noon.
There are a couple of small hills but walking boots or wellingtons are advised as footwear.

10 June 2017 Stainburn to Swinsty
This walk is from the other car park overlooking Swinsty Reservoir which is situated near Fewston Village on the east side the Reservoir and we meet at 8am.
The walk takes us past Scargill and John O’Gaunt’s Reservoir & includes woodland where Redstart & Pied Flycatcher are seen. Those species may also be sighted in Swinsty Wood which we walk down through to return to the car park by noon. Most of the walk is downhill and stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.

If you wish to come on either outing but require transport assistance, please contact me to see if I can help, at least a week before the event.

Shaun Radcliffe (01274 770960)
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