Here are some exciting guided walks organised in Bingley St Ives Estate this year by the Friends of St Ives, one of the local organisations linked to us.
For these events you will need good footwear as pathways are often wet and slippery. Also: please bring suitable clothes for the weather. No charge is made for events but donations to the society are always welcome.
The latest of annual walks to see our population of bats. This will be led by Ian Butterfield and starts at 19:15 at the visitor centre on Wednesday 30th August. The meetings start with a talk about bats followed by a walk to see some. If you own an electronic bat detector, then bring it along but otherwise you should be able to borrow one. From the small Pipistrelle to the Daubenton’s bats that skim across Coppice pond, they are all a wonder to see. When watching the bats skim across the pond, a powerful hand lamp is useful, so bring it along if you have one.
Note: this walk was originally planned on Friday 1st September!
Coppice Pond is a regular bat spot in Bingley St Ives Estate
Meet: 19.15pm at Friends of St ives Visitor Centre
When: Wednesday 30th August 2017
Cross Gates Lane
Grid reference: SE091389
This is another annual event, looked forward to by the Friends of St Ives. We meet at 13:30 at the bottom car park (the one close to the main entrance to the Estate) on Sunday 8th October. The walk is led by Bob Taylor an expert on fungi. Even on bad years we have found a huge variety of species and on good years have over filled a table top with finds. They range from the toxic to the edible plus more than a few that whilst they will not poison you, do not taste very good. You may find it handy to have: A sharp knife, some grease proof paper and a few plastic (lunch size) boxes. With these items you can save finds for further research at home.
Massive Bounty! A filled table top with finds after the fungi walk
Meet: 13.30pm at St ives Estate, Bottom Car Park
When: Sunday 8th October 2017
Cross Gates Lane
Grid reference: SE100389