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 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
Tuesday 04 July – Hinton Blewitt/Litton Reservoirs
Meet in the small lay-by opposite the Ring O’ Bells in the village of Hinton Blewitt. Car share if possible as parking is very limited. A four mile walk mainly through fields and past the Litton Reservoirs. One short hill.
Leaders Sue & John Prince
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
Tuesday 11 July – Dolebury Warren
Meet in the car park of the Crown Inn, Churchill. If coming from Bristol on the A38 turn right at Churchill traffic lights and the turning to the pub is about 200 yards on the left or if coming on the A368 from Bath go straight over the lights and then turn left. The pub is 100 yards past the Nelson Arms and the car park is on the right before the pub. A hilly walk of about three and a half miles with a few stiles and passing through deciduous and coniferous woodland, limestone grassland and scrub, hopefully with some associated birds and butterflies. The Crown Inn does light lunches but does not take cards, so cash only. Please leave time on arrival to order lunch if staying.
Leader: Mark Watson
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.
Tuesday 18 July – Clevedon/Walton Common and Coast Path
Picnic Walk. Meet on the triangle opposite the gateway to Clevedon Golf Club. Turn off B 3124 to the road going north west between Clevedon School playing fields. At the top of the hill park in The Avenue. Four to five miles, hills and stiles, uneven paths.
Leader: Judy Copeland
Tuesday 25 July – Bridgeyate
Meet in the car park of the Griffin Pub adjacent to the double-mini roundabout on the A420 for a walk with stiles and possible mud.
Leader: Dave Body
Saturday 12 August – Chew Valley Lake
Meet at 09:00 at Herriots Bridge on the A368 at the south end of the lake for a trip round Chew Valley Lake. First, a visit to Chew Valley Ringing Station. Afterwards a walk round the public parts of the Lake on the east side, the Bittern Trail and the North Shore, before lunching at the lake’s restaurants or taking a picnic. For those staying after lunch we will visit the Bristol Water hides on the west side, where a £5.00 permit is required and easily available.
Leader: Robert Hargreaves
Sunday 10 September – Pilning and New Passage
Meet at New Passage at 09:30 for this morning-only walk at New Passage and the Pilning Wetlands.
At B4055 Easter Compton/Pilning road crossing with A403 Avonmouth road, continue some 500 yards north-west on B4055 (B4064) through Redwick village to mini-roundabout. Take right junction to New Passage along New Passage Road (Redwick Road) and over M4/M49, for just over half a mile until road dead-ends by yellowish Caroline Cottage with junction to right – park and meet in this area. Parking is limited – car-share if possible.
We will start on the Estuary at New Passage to check for waders etc. along the foreshore on a rising tide – high water is at 10:40. Then we follow the Severn Way north-east along the coast and up to the pools and flash, and along the footpath to the side of the pools. Although not a circular walk, the birds should be constantly changing because of the tides. About three miles total. Bring telescopes.
Leader: Lois Pryce
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!
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.