Bristol Ornithological Club

All details of meetings, including a comprehensive programme of mid-week meetings, can be found in Bird News, (the club’s monthly publication for members), or by contacting us.


Tuesday 23 May – Newport Wetlands

Picnic walk. Take the M4 (over the new bridge – £6.60 toll) towards Newport to junction 23a and take the A4810, After three roundabouts this road is very straight for a long way, past industrial estates and new housing developments. Eventually the dual carriageway curves first right then left. Go straight through the next small roundabout and at the second, larger, roundabout follow the RSPB sign onto the West Nash Road. Keep on this road for about one and a half miles. Watch for a brown-coloured reserve sign on the left indicating the almost immediate right turn into Nash village (Easy to miss this road and a need to turn round). Keep on through the village with the power station in full view. The RSPB car park is on the left-hand side. There are brown duck signs at the various junctions but they can easily be missed. Hopefully we will see Bearded Tit, Cetti’s Warbler, Cuckoo and Marsh Harrier in the reed beds and waders on the Severn Estuary. After our picnic lunch we will travel about two miles to the village of Goldcliff hopefully to see breeding Avocets and other waders. Level walking at both sites.
Leaders: Margaret and Ray Bulmer

Tuesday 30 May – Winscombe

Meet in the car park behind the Woodborough Inn next to Studleys Garage in the middle of Winscombe village on the A371. If the car park is full use nearby streets. Those lunching please allow time to order. A Mendip walk through woodland and grassland with one half mile, fairly gentle uphill section, a 500yard steep grass field descent, and a couple of stiles. May be muddy after rain.
Leader: Sue Watson

Sunday 04 June – Arne.

Coach now Full

You’ve seen it on Autumn Watch and Winter Watch now see it for yourself. The Club is going to Arne by coach in June. Cost will be £16. Arne is a diverse reserve, deciduous and conifer woodland, heathland, farmland, acid bog, salt marsh and mud flats. Marsh Harriers are breeding again and it is a stronghold for Dartford Warbler. We should see Common and Sandwich Tern and possibly Spoonbill. We’ve arranged a guided tour with the RSPB of areas of the reserve not normally open to the public so there will be something new even if you’ve been before. Departure 07:45 hours from the Water Tower on the Downs (to be confirmed). Book through Judy Copeland.
Leader Alastair Fraser

Tuesday 06 June – Sand Point/Middle Hope

Picnic. Meet in the NT car park at the north end of Sand Bay for a walk to Sand Point and then along the coast towards Woodspring Priory. Breakaway opportunities, easy walking with care, a few stiles – three and a half miles.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge

Tuesday 13 June – Folly Farm

This is a new venue for a Tuesday walk. Meet in the main car park at Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm reserve. Folly Farm has a brown tourist sign from the A368 Weston-super-Mare to Bath road. Follow the narrow lane for about half a mile to the car park. The walk is about three and a half miles.
Leader: Jean Oliver

Tuesday 20 June – Compton Dando

Meet at the Compton Inn car park (there is also parking available on the road). From the A37 take the minor road to Publow in Pensford. Cross the river at Woollard and after about quarter of a mile turn left to Compton Dando. The walk of about three and a half miles includes a fairly steep short hill at the start and there are five or six stiles. There is a range of habitat which includes farmland and woodland with views of the River Chew. We hope to see Grey Wagtail and there is the possibility of Dipper and Kingfisher. Lunch is available at the Compton Inn.
Leader: Mike Landen

Tuesday 27 June – Velvet Bottom

From Bristol, take the A38 south to Churchill, turn left at the traffic lights, first right up Burrington Combe, continue along and take the first turning on the right by Paywell Farm, then first left. Meet in the small car park at the end of the lane which runs alongside the Charterhouse Centre – not the centre car park itself. Share cars if possible please. Approximately four miles, fairly hilly.
Leader: Geoff Harris

Sunday 02 July – Dinas

Meet at 1000 hrs at the RSPB Dinas Reserve car park (SN 788471). The reserve lies in the Towy Valley in mid Wales approximately 10 miles north of Llandovery and is reached by the minor road from Llandovery to the Llyn Brianne Reservoir. The entrance to the reserve is about four miles north of Rhandirmwyn, before reaching Llyn Brianne. Allow about three hours for the journey from Bristol. This is always a good meeting in a beautiful area with the possibility of Redstarts, Wood Warblers, Pied Flycatchers, Dipper, Red Kite and maybe Peregrine. There is some rough walking so bring stout footwear and food for the day. Please contact Robin Prytherch about car sharing – if you would like a lift or if you can provide a seat in your car.
Leader: Robin Prytherch

Saturday 08 July – Forest of Dean

A joint meeting with Bristol Naturalists. EVENING MEETING. Meet in the car park at New Fancy View (SO 620089) at 1830 hrs. Go through Parkend on the B4234 and turn right onto Fancy Road. Turn left after just under a mile and New Fancy View car park is on the right after a quarter of a mile. We will have a short walk here and possibly also at Cannop Ponds, and then move on to a location near Speech House with a view to hopefully hearing and seeing Nightjar. You may wish to bring insect repellent.
Leader: Mike Johnson

Saturday 15 July – Marshfield

EVENING MEETING. Meet at 1900 hrs at Marshfield on the A420 (ST 774738). Park in the layby on the south side of the Marshfield bypass near Tanners Close. The specialities of this area are Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers with the possibility of Grey Partridge and Quail.
Leader: TBC

Indoor meetings.

All indoor meetings will be held at Newman Hall (Grange Court Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 4DR) and start at 19:30, unless stated otherwise. They involve presentations and talks on a wide range of bird topics by both guest speakers and our own club members. Donations from non-members are appreciated!

Next Meeting:

21st Sept 17, Birding in Spain – Neil Gartshore


The attention of members is drawn to the fact that the Bristol Ornithological Club accepts no liability in respect of damage or personal injury occurring during its activities.

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