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 21 November – East Harptree.

A circular walk of approximately four miles, some hills and stiles, which can be muddy when wet. Meet in the Forestry Commission car park on the right about one and half miles up from the centre of East Harptree.
Leader: Geoff Harris

Tuesday 28 November – Cheddar Reservoir/Cheddar Yeo

Meet in the southern reservoir car park. From the A38 Bristol to Bridgwater road at the top of Shute Shelve take the A371 to Cheddar and then on a sharp bend turn right along the B3151, over a bridge, and almost immediately turn right into Sharpham Road signposted Cheddar Nurseries / Playing Fields / Cemetery. At the end, drive through the blue-coloured gates into the car park. This will be a circular walk of around four miles covering about a third on the reservoir bank and the remainder on droves and paths beside rhynes. Walking will be flat and easy but may be very muddy. Bring scopes if available for the reservoir.
Leader: Mark Watson

Sunday 03 December – Ham Wall

A joint trip with Bristol Nats. Meet at 10.00hrs in the RSPB Ham Wall Reserve car park at Ashcott Corner. From the middle of Meare Village on the B3151 Wedmore to Glastonbury road, take the minor road south, signposted to Ashcott. After approximately one mile the car park is situated on the left just after the Railway Inn and the drain bridge. Level walking, but may be muddy in places. Parking charges – please note that these have been introduced at Ham Wall. Both the Natural England and RSPB car parks are charging £3 a day. RSPB members are exempt at the Ham Wall car park (place membership card in the windscreen), but they have no exemption at the Shapwick site. (Remember to remove all valuables from parked cars). We will probably visit the main hides on both Ham Wall and Shapwick sides, depending on water levels and recent sightings. Those who want to extend the visit to include the dusk Starling roost should bring food for lunch and warm clothing.
Leader: Giles Morris

Tuesday 05 December – Chew Valley Lake

Meet in the main car park at Chew Valley Lake (note that the post code is at the ‘wrong end’ of the dam).  Drive to near the Salt and Malt and Lakeside Optics. Please note that it now costs £2 to park and that this is all the year round. It will be a relatively short walk (about three miles) that will allow us time to do some birding from the dam wall at the start and possibly have a look around the area close to the top car park at the end. There is of course also the opportunity to drive to Herons Green and/or Herriott’s Bridge after the walk. There are no stiles but expect some mud. Lunch will be at the Blue Bowl or at the Salt and Malt where you get £1 back from the car parking charge if you spend at least £7.
Leader: Mike Landen.

Saturday 09 December – WWT Steart

Meet at 09:30hrs at the WWT Steart Reserve car park ST 252442 TA5 2PU. The details of the walk will depend on conditions and reports, at some stage we will drive on to the Natural England car park at ST 275459. High tide is around 10:30hrs. We will be looking for waders, raptors, owls and anything else that turns up. It is an all-day visit so bring something to eat and drink. There are toilets at the WWT car park. The WWT reserve and hides are wheelchair-accessible but Fenning Island is pedestrians only.
Take the A39 from Bridgwater towards Minehead. At Cannington take the bypass. At the second roundabout continue ahead onto the new road towards Hinkley Point. At the third roundabout turn left following the Hinkley Point sign. The turning to Steart is marked with a brown tourist sign. Follow the signs to the car park.
Leader: Richard Belson

Tuesday 12 December – Pucklecurch

CHRISTMAS LUNCH WALK (all booked up, sorry)
Meet at the ROSE AND CROWN, Pucklechurch. An easy two hour walk, shorter than usual, followed by our pre-booked Christmas lunch at 1230 hrs. Can be muddy in places. Non-walkers – dining only – 1200 for 1230 hrs.
Leader: Duncan Gill

Tuesday 19 December – Iron Acton

Meet outside the White Hart Inn opposite the Village Green. Pub car park is available for the use of those lunching. If not lunching park on Latteridge Road or further ahead on Station Road. Road parking is limited so please car share if possible. A fairly level walk of approximately four miles but with stiles. Come early to pre-order lunch.
Leader: Dave Body

Tuesday 26 December – Snuff Mills.

Meet in the car park in Riverside View, off Broomhill, Frenchay Road, for an easy walk along the River Frome. Approximately four miles and will be muddy after rain.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge.

 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:

Thursday 21 December – Annual General Meeting

Committee – there are three vacancies for general Committee member this year, following retirement by rotation. Nominations are invited for Committee members and/or for officers and these should be sent to the Chairman Ken Carruthers (contact details at the end of Club News) by 17 November.
Any motion for the AGM should be signed by the proposer and sent to the Chairman by 17 November.
Awards – Nominations are invited for the Stanley Crick Award 2017. This award recognises a young or novice ornithologist who has shown exceptional enterprise in the pursuit of his/her hobby. Nominations are also invited for the Club Special Award 2017. This is given to a member who has contributed in a major way to the aims of the Club. Nominations for either award should be sent to the Chairman by 17 November.
The speaker at the AGM will be Richard Belson on “Costa Rica – Coast to Coast”.


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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