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 (April to October): Enjoy discovering pond life by “dipping” in our purpose built ponds. Nets, trays and identification sheets are available at the Visitor Centre.

Please note that because of the popularity of this activity pre booking is required for group visits (eg child minding and nursery groups) which are limited to one group in the morning and afternoon.  Please contact the Visitor Centre 0113 2040441 to avoid disappointment.

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.

Moth Trapping: Throughout the summer school holidays moth traps are opened at 10.15am each Wednesday – this event is held specifically with children in mind and provides a friendly introduction to the mysterious world of moths.

…and if the weather should spoil itself colouring sheets and quizzes are available in the Education Room at the Visitor Centre.

Special family-friendly events are also arranged throughout the year. Please refer to the events page for the latest detail.

Get colouring

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


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

One Hundred and Two

The number of records of Common Buzzard on the Reserve in 2015. Only a few years ago they were a rare sight in the Leeds area.

One Hundred and Fourteen

The number of bird species recorded by visitors in 2015.

One Hundred and Sixty-Seven

The number of nesting holes in the Sand Martin Bank in 2015.