A cause for celebration this festive season in the Aire Valley

RSPB Northern England

Tuesday 19 December 2017

This festive season, RSPB St Aidan’s nature park, a stone’s throw from Leeds centre, is opening for its very first Boxing Day.

Staff and volunteers will be welcoming families and nature lovers down for their Boxing Day strolls at both St Aidan’s and sister site RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve, near Castleford.

The visitor centres and car parks at both sites will be open 9am – 4pm on Boxing Day and through New Year. There will be hot drinks and snacks on sale as usual, and Fairburn Ings shop will be open for belated gifts and festive treats.

This follows a successful year for St. Aidan’s since opening in April. The park has quickly developed into an exciting spot for locals, city dwellers and wildlife lovers alike to enjoy the great outdoors.

Gavin Orr, RSPB Community Engagement Officer, said: “St. Aidan’s is beautiful and full of life in winter. It’s the perfect location to bring the family, dog, and the brand new bikes. Whether you’ve overindulged over the festive period or want to get outside and stride briskly into the New Year, it’s a wonderful place to spend some time enjoying the outdoors with the family.”

Already this year the warden team on site has carried out an impressive variety of conservation work to create better habitats for wildlife, and more than 40 new volunteers have been inducted into the Aire Valley team to help keep both St Aidan’s and Fairburn Ings special for people and wildlife.

For more information please contact RSPB St. Aidan’s Visitor Centre, staidans@rspb.org.uk or call 0113 232 0529. More information can be found on the reserve website www.rspb.org.uk/staidans

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

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