Fun for kids

Activities for Children at Rodley Nature Reserve

Family Activity Guide: Call in at the Visitor Centre and pick up the latest quiz trail guide – can you find/spot all the items listed?

Pond Dipping 2020: As a result of recent flood damage to our ponds we have reluctantly had to delay the start of pond dipping until the end of May, subject to review. Existing pre-booked school and uniformed organisation visits will be honoured. However, we know how much children enjoy this activity and there will be a one off Supervised Pond Dipping Event on Sunday 29th March from 11am to 3pm. We anticipate this event will be very popular and we hope to be able to accommodate everyone over the four hour period so please be prepared to wait.

Mini Beast Hunt: See what you can find in our mini beast “homes” – just lift the lids and see what’s there but mind your fingers when lowering the lid! “Homes” can be found at several points around the Reserve – can you find them and what can you see?

Bird Watching: Most of the Reserve hides and viewing screens have low viewing points suitable for children – what can you spot on our wetland habitats or at the Manager’s Garden feeding point? Binoculars are available for loan from the Visitor Centre.

Events for Families:  Check out the Events Page for details of forthcoming events which are designed to introduce families to the habitat and wildlife at the Reserve.


Get colouring

Click on any of the pictures to download them and colour them in.

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Come down to the reserve and make some real wildlife sightings!


Eighty One

The number of records of Common Buzzard on the Reserve in 2019. Only a few years ago they were a rare sight in the Leeds area.

One Hundred and Twenty Eight

The number of bird species recorded by visitors in 2019.

One Hundred and Eighty

The number of nesting holes in the Sand Martin Bank in 2019.