Rodley Nature Reserve

Rodley Nature Reserve, Leeds: Hours, Address, Rodley Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Rodley Nature Reserve
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley, a recognised ‘flyway’ for wildfowl and waders on migration, the wetland habitats constructed here complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Please see website for varied content of interest to all ages and walks of life – fun activities for the young, information of latest sightings on the reserve, forthcoming events, newsletters, educational resources and information on how you can become a volunteer or friend of Rodley Nature Reserve. Opening Times Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and most Bank Holidays (see social media for updates) March to October – 9am to 5pm | November to February – 9am to 4pm Visitor Centre & cafe open from 10am until 4pm throughout the year. Special openings are also available for community groups, schools and walking groups by arrangement – please refer to the website contact page. Cycles welcome on tarmac areas only, bike racks on site. Registered assistance dogs only.
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Rob
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Usually Very Good, But Not Today
Jul 2021
My previous visits to this reserve have been wonderful, but today's wasn't, i'm afraid. There was a general air of unfriendlyness by some of the volunteers. The worse thing that happened was when we were drinking coffee bought in the visitor centre and were told to exit via a door into the pouring rain, with a long walk to get under cover. However, a volunteer we were talking to was allowed to stay drinking coffee without a mask. Sorry for the review, but maybe consistency is something the volunteers should consider?
Written 4 July 2021
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Rebecca M
Banbury, UK806 contributions
Fantastic day.
Aug 2020
We went in a group of six people to visit this place, our first time, the rest of the group were flower and wildlife experts so we were able to learn about the flora and fauna.The place is a little oasis quite off the beaten track and not so easy to locate first time. You travel across the river which was soooo peaceful and it was heaven to watch the birds on the water. Then we entered what seemed to be a magical place away from all the hubbub of the main road and traffic etc.
Not being in the height kept summer,though a fantastically hot day, we would have seen other flowers at a different time of the year.
Being in the covid situation the cafe was closed. We were the only people there so it was fabulous.
The only somewhat annoying thing was the smell as you entered the car park, there is a sewerage works close by and it was rather long, however once you enter the main part of the reserve this is no longer a problem.
Lovely grasses,meadows, ponds. So many dragon flies and mayflies and lots of birdlife.
A hidden gem.
Written 19 September 2020
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neiljennings070
Leeds, UK28 contributions
not for general public use
Jul 2020
Tried number of times to visit in the last couple of months. While other large and small reserves are open locally this remains closed. Now told open on Wednesday and Saturday from but only from 1pm. Truly reflects the organisers view of their role in encouraging people to get "in touch " with nature.
Written 9 August 2020
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d.darke
leeds, west yorkshire50 contributions
Relaxing place
Mar 2020
We have visited here several times for a lovely relaxing walk.
The birds you can see all around are so lovely.
A very peaceful spot for an afternoon walk.
Only downside is that it is now open for so few days.Would be great to be open more often.
Written 26 May 2020
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Sally B
Leeds, England, United Kingdom8 contributions
A haven for wildlife
Oct 2019
What I love about Rodley Nature Reserve is that first and foremost it is a haven for wildlife and protects the land they need to survive. I've read some reviews which say visitors saw very little and were disappointed - I don't know what they expected to see but nature lovers understand that it takes time to observe wildlife and just being in the tranquil reserve itself is enough for me. This reserve exists for wildlife and it's a privilege to walk in their territory, their home, which is beautifully maintained by dedicated volunteers. I'm so pleased it doesn't open every day therefore giving the animals and birds that depend upon it chance to move around the area relatively undisturbed. There is a lovely little cafe and educational activities throughout the year, and there are some amazing up to date photos of the animal and plant-life on their facebook page.
Written 6 November 2019
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Yorkshire_fern
Thirsk, UK375 contributions
Went to see Kingfishers, saw Kingfisher!
Oct 2019
Lovely small reserve in the centre of Leeds. For anyone visiting for first time its a bit daunting driving off the main road down the side of a building towards the canal but once over the bridge we saw the car park and signs. Lots of hides to sit in and walking underfoot on hard core which is good in wet weather. Had been told it was a good place to see a Kingfisher and we did indeed see one. Our only negative was that we were sat quietly observing but a large group came in and talked loudly which spoilt it for us.
Written 8 October 2019
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Newlaygrandparents
1 contribution
Great even on a rainy day
Aug 2019 • Family
We had a great afternoon here with our 5year old grandaughter despite it being a wet day in August.
She enjoyed visiting each bird hide and finding out what she could see, that day she particularly liked the heron and a pheasant.
Later we got a net from the visitor centre, a tray and identification card then set to work dipping in the pond, finding snails, tiny fish and damson flies. Other children there were also keen to share their 'finds`.
Written 28 August 2019
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99dcjay
12 contributions
Incredible!
Aug 2019 • Friends
Local gem - one of the best nature reserves I’ve been to recently! Just from one visit can see how amazing the management for wildlife is here - buzzing dragonfly ponds, species rich meadows, great mosaic of pools and reeds, barn owl box...and more!

Finished at the visitor centre to find the cutest harvest mice!
Written 24 August 2019
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Q4804KXelaines
Leeds, UK15 contributions
Fantastic nature reserve
Aug 2019
Have been at all different times of the year and always see something different..
Great place for all age groups.
Written 18 August 2019
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Julie H
16 contributions
Super Place
Jul 2019
I have been here a number of times. There are many hides and screens for viewing the birds, and the paths are relatively flat and easy for people with mobility problems. A jewel hidden near the centre of Leeds.
Written 25 July 2019
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