Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area.
Created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley, a recognised 'flyway' for wildfowl and waders on migration, the wetland habitats constructed here complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. (LINK)
This is a great place to visit and have realised I have not been here for over a year.
It is a good all round haven for wild life.
Most people don't relies it's here, well hidden in the outskirts of Leeds, of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, you enter over the iron bridge.
Looking down the river Aire both ways, the path leads you straight to the first hide.
Canada geese were grazing on the field along the river edge.
The Lagoon was a little quiet but did have the Black Swan on it, one of the birds I had come to see.
There are feeding stations and nest boxes all over the reserve.
The new viewing hides are made from metal, making them very cold to sit in , as it was the water part of the reserve was very quiet to day.
This Common Linnet was happy to sit and sing in the sun.
And a Robin was hiding in the hedge.
At the far side of the reserve, there is the wild flower meadow walk. Lining the field are hedges made up of Hazel and Hawthorn.
|Male Hazel Catkins|
|Female flower of the Hazel tree|
It was nice to see the green bursting through..
|Hawthorn new leaves|
In the far field there were a few Common Gulls in the field.
On the way back to the visitors centre, you can see the bird box for the Kestrel , to day I was in luck as it was sitting out in the sun.
There are bee hives on the sight and they were out to day in the sun collecting pollen from the Gorse bush.
A coffee warmed me up in the visitor centre then it was of to the Manager's Garden, here they put seed out for the birds and it's good viewing.
So if you have managed to get this far I will leave you with a collection of birds I saw here.
|Female Reed Bunting|
|Male Reed Bunting|
Happy with the new camera so definitely going back here.