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Sat, Mar 23


Forest of Flowers

Spring Bird Walk

Bird expert Keith Gittens leads a guided walk showcasing the wide variety of birds moving into the Forest of Flowers nature reserve in early spring.

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Spring Bird Walk
Spring Bird Walk

Time & Location

Mar 23, 2024, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Forest of Flowers, Home Farm, Tollerton Road, York YO61 1JB, UK

About the event

Early Spring Bird Walk

March is a fantastic time to see our resident and migrant birds in action. The Forest of Flowers woodland and wildflower meadows in Huby, York provides an excellent habitat for many bird species and, with less foliage on the trees than in summer, they're often much easier to spot!

Bird expert Keith Gittens will help us to spot and identify a wide range of birds, as well as provide an insight into the biology and behaviour of different species, and offer birdwatching tips.

The Forest of Flowers is lucky to have a huge range of bird species in early spring, including:

- Buzzard

- Chaffinch

- Chiffchaff

- Coal tit

- Dunnock

- Fieldfare

- Goldcrest

- Goldfinch

- Great spotted woodpecker

- Kestrel

- Lesser Redpoll

- Long-tailed tit

- Marsh tit

- Mistle thrush

- Nuthatch

- Redwing

- Reed bunting

- Siskin

- Song thrush

- Treecreeper

- Wren

(Sightings aren't guaranteed, but hopefully we'll catch a glimpse of plenty of the above!)

We hope you'll join us for tea, coffee and cake after the walk - all included in the ticket price. 

A few key things to note:

- Our walk will take us through rough and uneven terrain -  we recommend sturdy/waterproof footwear such as wellies or walking boots.

- Please remember to wrap up warm.

- Please arrive at 8.50 to ensure a prompt 9.00 start.

- Binoculars are highly recommended.

Tickets are limited and booking is essential.

About Forest of Flowers

The Forest of Flowers project has created 74 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows plus 17 ponds, with the sole aim to provide a thriving natural sanctuary for wildlife.

The land, previously a mixed arable and sheep farm, was re-purposed in 2016 when over 42,000 trees and shrubs were planted, alongside 35 native wildflower species. This is part of a vision to create a thriving ecosystem to benefit pollinators, birds and a diverse range of native wildlife.

The project also supports:

  • Carbon capture to reduce the effects of climate change.
  • Prevention of flooding in the local area.
  • UK wildflower population, providing seeds from the meadows to other sites nationwide.

By purchasing a ticket you are helping to fund our project and further conservation work. Thank you!

Visitor Comments from Previous Events

"Thank you for a most enjoyable, relaxing, varied and informative event. It was a very special, unique and memorable afternoon. The structure was excellent as it was so varied and the activities linked together so well. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived and the setting under the gazebo in the orchard was absolutely perfect... and your friendly cat was an added bonus!"

"From our perspective it was just the right balance, giving people a chance to learn, share their stories, mix with others, ask questions. As always, your knowledge and enthusiasm shone through and I’m sure everyone found the afternoon useful and interesting." 


  • Early Spring Bird Walk

    Guided walk and refreshments included.

    From £8.00 to £16.00
    • £16.00
      Tax: VAT included
    • £8.00
      Tax: VAT included



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