Flock of geese - Suzanna Bird

Flock of geese - Suzanna Bird

AGM and Members' Day

Location: Mercure Parkway Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 8AG
Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Members' Day.

Hear speakers from across the Trust, a keynote talk from wildlife broadcaster and nature writer 'The Urban Birder' David Lindo and join us for a guided walk around Adel Dam nature reserve.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Event details


9:30am - 3:45pm
A static map of AGM and Members' Day

About the event

Join us at 9.30am for refreshments. Then from 10am, we'll have an introduction from our CEO, a keynote speech from David Lindo and a talk from our own Sarah Goldsmith on the Bradford Urban Discovery project.

After a morning break, we'll hold our AGM, followed by a buffet lunch.

In the afternoon we will be running a short and a long guided walk at Adel Dam nature reserve and a talk about our wilder urban nature reserves.  Those on the short walk can attend the talk as well.

We'll close the day with more refreshments and a goodbye and thank you from our CEO.


9.30am: Arrival & refreshments

10am: Welcome - Mike Cooke, Chair of Trustees & Rachael Bice, CEO of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

10.15am: Keynote speech -  David Lindo, The Urban Birder

11.15am: Bradford Urban Discovery Project - Sarah Goldsmith, Inspiring People Officer

11.45am: Refreshments

12pm: AGM

12.30pm: Buffet lunch

In the afternoon:

1.15pm Short guided walk (up to an hour) at Adel Dam nature reserve

2.45pm: Spotlight on 'our wilder urban nature reserves' - Alec Boyd, Living Landscapes Team Leader West and Elspeth Robinson, Reserves Officer, Lower Aire Valley


1.30pm: Long guided walk (up to two hours) at Adel Dam nature reserve

3.30pm: Refreshments

4pm: Close


Know before you go


No dogs permitted


Please let us know whether you have any additional access requirements when you book your place.

Hearing loop


What to bring

If you're joining us on a guided walk, make sure to wear suitable footwear and bring a waterproof. Yorkshire weather can be unpredictable!

Parking information

Free parking is available at the hotel.
Headshot of David Lindo

(c) Russell Spencer

David Lindo (keynote speaker)

David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder, is a broadcaster, writer, naturalist, photographer, public speaker, tour leader and birder (of course!).

His passion is for urban birds and he spends his time promoting the appreciation and conservation of the birds that share our city lives.

He travels the world encouraging citizens and organisations to step outside wherever they may be to enjoy urban birding.

Through his TV appearances, writing, talks and tours he tries to inspire people to re-look at their urban environments. All we have to do is open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds and soon we will be linked into the nature around us.

Guided walks

Our guided walks will take place at Adel Dam nature reserve, which is just a short walk from the hotel.

Adel Dam has a dramatic high canopy of trees and a lake with resident kingfishers, the site is also popular with woodpeckers and mandarin ducks.  The walks will be led by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Adel Dam volunteers and wildlife experts from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.  During the walk we will explore the plant and wildlife and visit the Marsh Hide to look out over the lake to see what wildlife we can spot.

Short walk (starting at 1.15pm)

  • Duration: up to an hour
  • Access: good level paths, accessible for those with limited mobility

Long walk (starting at 1.30pm)

  • Duration: up to two hours
  • Access: we will be exploring the reserve beyond the Marsh Hide where the terrain becomes more rugged and uneven

Please bring suitable footwear and outdoor clothing.

(Please note walks will be offered on a first come first serve basis at time of booking onto the AGM and Members Day)

For those preferring not to go on a guided walk, refreshments will be available.

Staying overnight

If you'd like to stay overnight, please book directly with Mercure Parkway hotel. The hotel are offering a special rate for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust guests - please enquire with the hotel when booking.