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RSPB St Aidan's nature park

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A Super place, lots of birds.

A lovely RSPB nature park and resrve. A delight to walk round and enjoy listening to the constant... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christine M
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Visit in April. Birds are deafening!

Really. Cool. Place. Visit anytime of year but can be a bit exposed to elements v. Windy in winter... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
PontePomfretian
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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St Aidan's is a perfect place to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. Just outside Leeds on the banks of the River Aire, it's a big new space to walk, run, cycle, or ride your horse and enjoy the wildlife...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely RSPB nature park and resrve. A delight to walk round and enjoy listening to the constant song of many birds. The trails are used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders but everyone was very polite and there is plenty of room for passing...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really. Cool. Place. Visit anytime of year but can be a bit exposed to elements v. Windy in winter. Lovely on a warm spring day. Just know to keep dog. On lead in spring and summer.More

Date of experience: April 2019
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Public Relations Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thanks for your review. Yes, we are asking everyone to keep dogs on leads during Spring and Summer to protect the birds that nest on the ground but we do have a Recreation Area by the visitor centre where dogs can run off the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had never heard of this place until a couple we met at a different nature reserve recommended it so, as the weather was warm and sunny one day last week, we drove there with my husband’s very elderly parents. They weren’t able to walk far...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Public Relations Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed you're visit. We are a relatively new site so there are still a lot of people, even in nearby villages, who are unware the site exists! We look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time for visiting this nature reserve as we have recently become interested in bird watching. As we don't drive we have to visit placed that are accessible by public transport and luckily St Aiden's is. Nice walk around the reserve. It seems that it...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Public Relations Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for leaving a review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your first visit and that my colleague who you spoke to, Gavin, gave you a great introduction. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Meryl

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely walk around an old mine that has been turned into a bird haven. There are several walks and lots of birds to see. This reserve is fantastic in all was seasons, well worth a visit

Date of experience: March 2019
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Public Relations Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi barryf702, Many thanks for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, Meryl

Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

A nice day out for a walk with the dog. Easy to find, just follow the signs. £4 for parking, I suppose this goes towards the upkeep of the site. You get a map of the area and the walks are all clearly marked. Reasonably...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Public Relations Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2019

Hello, Thank you for the review, we're glad to hear you enjoy our site. We have had some positive comments recently from visitors who have difficulty walking or are in chairs about how accessible the site is and we should be getting a mobility scooter...More

Reviewed March 2, 2019

This is a large expanse of marshland, scrapes and lakes between which are many paths. It is situated on an old coal mine and alongside the River Aire at Methley. Whether you are a keen birdwatcher (it was highlighted on Springwatch 2018) or just out...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Public Relations Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2019

Hi JohnPG, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back next time. Meryl

Reviewed February 24, 2019

I have been visiting this nature park for five or six years now. I have parked my car at the end of Fleet Lane and walked in from there. Prior to Swillington Ings opening as St. Aidans I have also parked on the roadside close...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2019

Hi Bobby, I am so pleased that you like the improvements that have been made to the facilities at RSPB St Aidan's. The conservation work is very much ongoing with 600 young trees planted out by our team of volunteers during the last few months...More

Reviewed February 16, 2019

As anyone whos visited this nature reserve will know what I mean when I say, there is work to be done here, that said it’s a wonderful birding site, but it does need some hides on the lakes, if you have difficulty with mobility this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 43ericb
RSPBFairburnIngs, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2019

Hi Eric, I am glad you enjoyed the wonderful wildlife at St Aidan's. One of the RSPB aims is to continue to improve the footpaths and disabled access to the site. We are very much aware that in order for all visitors to enjoy the...More

Reviewed February 13, 2019 via mobile

Amazing This is a real hidden gem with its industrial heratige coming through Large variety of birds rest there***BEARDED TITS FOUND***the staff are so friendly you can also buy a joint ticket with fairburnings next door that is well worth the visit to...

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Tibz_Traveler
RSPBFairburnIngs, Public Relations Manager at RSPB St Aidan's nature park, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2019

Hello, thank you so much for leaving a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and spotted our famous bearded tits! We look forward to welcoming you back. Meryl

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Andrew F
May 24, 2017|
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Response from RSPBFairburnIngs | Property representative |
Hi Andrew Bowers Lake is in the recreation area because it has less conservation value that other bodies of water on the reserve. People do swim in Bowers but it is at their own risk. Many thanks, Sally
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Joan P
April 6, 2017|
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Response from RSPBFairburnIngs | Property representative |
Hi Joan, entry is £3 per car and free to members. Many thanks, Sally
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dannyleeds100
March 6, 2017|
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Response from RSPBFairburnIngs | Property representative |
Hi Danny, the site has now transferred back to Leeds City Council but isn't an RSPB site yet. We're working with Leeds to get ready to open but don't have date yet unfortunately. If you keep an eye on the Fairburn Ings... More
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