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Activities for Children at Rodley Nature Reserve

Family Activity Guide: Currently not available

Pond Dipping 2021: As from Saturday 26 June we are pleased to announce the restart of our pond dipping. From this year we are introducing supervised sessions which will run between 1.30 and 4pm. 12 dipping stations have been set up to enable children to see what creatures live around, on and below water, guided by our knowledgeable new volunteer team.

To make sure as many children as possible can safely take part, we are setting a limit of 2 children from any one family or group dipping at a time.

We would like to avoid having to introduce pre-booking so, depending on how busy the ponds are, we will manage the length of time each person can dip. We may have to ask you to walk round the Reserve for half an hour when busy.

Dates confirmed:

Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays – final date Saturday 25th September 1.30 – 4pm

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: Binoculars are currently not available for hire due to Covid-19. Hides will be available from Saturday June 26th 2021. Visitors must continue to observe Government advice regarding social distancing and face coverings, particularly when entering viewing hides. Specific HIDE RULES will apply and will be posted at entrances. We ask our visitors to be considerate and allow each other the time and space to enjoy the Reserve.

Events for Families:  Check the events page and Facebook for details

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


One Hundred and Eleven

The number of records of Common Buzzard on the Reserve in 2020. 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 2020.

One Hundred and Forty Two

The number of nesting holes in the Sand Martin Bank in 2020.