Reminder of Next Meeting – Saturday June 1st

Reminder of Next Meeting – Saturday June 1st

The next Nats meeting will be this Saturday June 1st to Fairburn Ings and St Aidan’s SPB reserves.
Meet in Fairburn Ings car park (SE452277) at 10.30am.

Binoculars are essential and a telescope is desirable.
Bring a packed lunch if you are going to both reserves. There is no formal cafe facility however there is a grab and go offer including hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pies, cakes, snacks and ice creams from the visitor centre.
Parking is free for RSPB members but there is a charge for non-members.

To reach Fairburn Ings – travel north on the A1 and then take the A162 to Ferrybridge. (This is the old A1). Continue to the roundabout signed Fairburn. Go through Fairburn to the RSPB visitor centre about 1 mile outside the village.
Meet in the car park at 10.30.

Best wishes

Margaret


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29th May 2019 at 6:16 pm

Fairburn Ings, on the banks of the River Aire, was formed as a result of opencast mining and has been attracting a good variety of wetland birds for at least 30 years. Recently a new walk has been added which gives extensive views over much of the reserve.
We will walk round the high level path overlooking the lakes and the heronry which includes the Spoonbill nest. 6 Spoonbills are certainly around the area. Black-necked Grebes breed on the nearby lake, and several rarities turn up frequently, so anything is possible.
After lunch there we will move on to St. Aiden’s RSPB Reserve, about 10 minutes away. This is a series of lakes also resulting from opencast mining. There is an extensive footpath network around the site, we will pick and choose which route seems best. Birds here complement those at Fairburn as birds commute between the 2 for feeding.

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