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A beautiful huge basin bordered by the River Aire. Loads of fantastic birds and lovely walks. One of the RSPB's best reserves. Finally saw a bittern....which makes it one of the finest places on earth for me ;)
Great place. The staff were so helpful and friendly. A beautiful view from the reception. Good paths. Car park. Well worth a visit.
I was massively surprised when I came here. If you look at the history of the area this must have been a grim place not so long ago. But now this is a real gem of a nature reserve. Truly beautiful place to walk, mountain bike, or to take the children.
Watched Spring Watch so wanted to visit. Within minutes we had seen a little owl on a post! We were very lucky to have a good day..sun shines all day,It was very pleasant to walk around and sit peacefully watching the surroundings . All the staff were very friendly and helpful in founding your way around.
Great for a walk but not much cover. If it is sunny there is very little tree cover ( which is deliberate because of the kinds of birds they are trying to attract) . If it has been raining a lot then the paths get a bit muddy. Nothing unusual in that- just be prepared! It's a big area so plenty to see. Still a bit too much evidence that it was an open caste mining site for my liking but this will improve over time.
Great wide paths. Saw 3 Reed Buntings. Got advice from the RSPB centre on what binoculars to purchase, very helpful
Didn't get enough time. Need to get back. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff at the information centre. Go there!
Great place for birdwatching. You can even bring your dog so long as it is well behaved. Plenty of parking.
Lovely open countryside and lots of wildlife to spot. Staff are very friendly and helpful. A great dog friendly walk for responsible owners too.
Fantastic place to see many different species of birds. Looking forward to seeing how the site develops and matures over time. We heard a Bittern boom which made my day.
What could have been brilliant is being destroyed by the RSPB. I've never known a nature trust to rip out so many trees and lay down so much hardcore. Unsightly projects unfinished everywhere, Ive walked my dog around it since it was a fully functioning open cast mine as I live very close, now I am met with hostility from bird watchers who seem to think its theirs alone, rubble and massacred trees, more litter than ever before and police who do nothing for yobs on scooters and motocross bikes. Dog waste bags hung from every tree, nothing is being done by the RSPB or local authorities. Magpies and Crows (both feed on songbird chicks & their eggs) are everywhere only to be outnumbered by seagulls. In summer aggressive and rude teens will leave rubbish of all forms around the pond after spending all day there swimming.
Varying walks around an especially good wild fowl habitat. Amenities are good and improving. Worth a return visit each season...
Had a great day out with two of the rangers (Steve and Georgia) who took us around St Aidan's pointing out and naming species we we not have otherwise noticed. Pair of Black Necked Grebes, Shoveller etc with Bitten booming in the background. Great day.
Interesting place. Huge drag line and visitor centre. Well marked walks and plenty of bird watching opportunities.
Lovely place for a short / long walk. Plenty of wildlife, even a bittern (first one I have seen)... recommend to anyone
St Aiden’s is a really lovely place to go for a walk. There’s plenty of wildlife and looks great in the sun and snow alike. It’s next to the river/canal and cycle path so it’s possible to get here from Leeds city centre entirely off road.
Lovely place for a walk or cycle and some birdwatching. We heard Bitterns and saw a skylark. Beautiful place maintained by the RSPB! (+Our toddler loved the huge dragline excavator)
A beautiful and fascinating place. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the amazing 'Oddball' piece of coal mining machinery is an impressive insight into the area's past. The day was made complete by spotting two red kites hovering over the wood on the way back to the cafe.