Welcome to the Swillington Ings Bird Group Website, the pages here describe the Group’s arrangements, the wildlife recording area, details of individual sites, historical records and current sightings.

The sightings pages for birds, mammals and insects allow for anyone with a genuine email address to add their sightings in the appropriate “Comments” box. Everybody is encouraged to submit their sightings to the website but we would also ask that where convenient records are also entered in the logbook in the observation hide at the end of Fleet Lane, Oulton, as this is the focal point for the both members and visitors (and our wildlife recorders).

The “Notice Board” page, apart from displaying events and news, also has a Comments facility which permits discussion/comment on any aspect of the Group.

The aim of the Group is simply to share wildlife sightings and to contribute to nature conservation in the Lower Aire Valley, to the East of Leeds, although most of the Group’s efforts are concentrated around Astley Lake and the St Aidan’s site now managed by the RSPB. An annual report is produced every year; the monies from the sale of the report and that from membership fees goes to the maintenance and upkeep of the local habitat and the hide.

Only SIBG members can access the hide but any member of the public is welcome to use it when a member is present and to enjoy the view and facilities. 

Group membership cost £10 per annum (payable on 1 January) and this includes a printed and digital copy of the annual report and of course the hide lock combination number. You can complete an application form online by clicking HERE, membership application forms are also available in the hide, or you may get in touch with the Secretary by leaving a note on the Contacts page. Members can purchase the 2018 report and 30 year historical review for a bargain price of £2. New applicants can purchase this for an additional £5.00. Membership is free to anyone under the age of 25.


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