Silsden & Keighley

Stockbridge Nature Reserve, Keighley was the first area acquired by the group. This is a wetland site in the valley bottom adjacent to the river Aire and has a scrape and small shallow lake. Good views are obtainable from our large hide over-looking the site. Warblers breed in the vicinity, Kingfishers use the site daily and Water Rail are regular winter visitors. Keys to the hide are provided for all members and a daily log is kept on-site.
Conservation work is carried out on Thursday and Sunday mornings - Contact Shaun Radcliffe 01274 770960 for more details
Cononley Ings is an area of water-meadow to the west of the main Keighley-Skipton road beyond the Kildwick round-a-bout. It is enclosed by the River Aire and the Leeds to Skipton railway line. Access is via paths from the Skipton to Cononley road. The ground becomes flooded following heavy rain and from November to March it is home to flocks of wintering ducks, geese and waders. A good range of species have been recorded here and a visit is recommended, a telescope is an advantage.Visitors should be aware of the need to cross a busy railway line if the approach is from the hillside on the Cononley road. Specialities include Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Lapwing and Curlew.

Whetstone Gate is an area north of Riddlesden, Keighley, a narrow lane leads from the East Morton to Silsden road. The lower slopes provide rough pasture for sheep farming and these give way to an expanse of heather moorland which form the south-western part of Rombalds Moor. This area is rich in bird life with breeding Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Lapwing and Curlew. Birds of prey are often seen here throughour the year. In winter Snow Bunting have been seen near at the top of the road, once you've reached the heather areas. Lower down the slopes by the scattered buildings, Snipe can be heard drumming and Cuckoo frequent this area in spring.
Sunnydale is situated just above East Morton village and is an attractive area for walking. From the reservoir, and from where Morton Beck originates, Grey Wagtail and Dipper can be seen often right down to where the beck meets the River Aire.

The reservoir holds Mallard, Grey Heron and Goosander but is liable to disturbance from fisherman. However there is a wood surrounding the water and this holds a good variety of species such as – Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Siskin, Redpoll, finches including at times Brambling, plus Jay and thrushes.

The path that takes you above the wood and on to the edge of the moors at Bradup, where Little Owl, Linnet, Red-Legged Partridge can be seen as well as large numbers of Stock Dove. Grey Partridge and Kestrel are seen and if lucky, Short-Eared Owl hunting the moorland fringes.
Redcar Tarn is a small area of water high above Keighley with a paved walk of about 1 mile round it.   It can hold a surprisingly large number of ducks and geese.  Waders on passage including Godwits, Little Ringed Plover and Redshank have been recorded here.  Gulls also make regular visits, these have included Little Gull and Mediterranean Gull and the nearby fields hold Lapwing, Golden Plover and the damp areas below the Tarn have attracted Jack Snipe.
Silsden Floods   An area of low lying ground, alongside the A629 trunk road, between Silsden Bridge and Low Holden, is susceptible to flooding during the wettest part of each year. The River Aire encroaches across the fields at this point and floods the ground to one or two feet. These temporary conditions have been excellent for attracting waders, geese and swans. Pintail, Whooper Swans, Teal and good numbers of Lapwing have all been recorded. There is possibly an interchange of birds with Cononley Ings, a further four miles to the west.
Addingham Moor 

East Riddlesden Hall


Low Wood, Riddlesden

Silsden Floods

Silsden Reservoir

Skipton Sewage Works

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