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 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

Tuesday 01 August – Failand.

Those wishing to lunch should park in the top far corner of the Failand Inn car park: ST514719. BS8 3TU. 51.444715,-2.700400. Otherwise park on Flax Bourton Road: ST516718. BS8 3TU 51.443296, -2.696968. About three and a half miles of mainly flat walking through farmland and woodland. There are no steep hills but some stiles.
Leaders: Maureen & Bill Dobie.

Tuesday 8th August – Redhouse Farm. Winford Manor.

This is a new walk by invitation of Melanie Patch.
Meet in the yard of Redhouse Farm – park tidily as there is limited space.
A three and a half mile walk through the lanes, including Felton Common, and finishing with their very own Ochre quarry. If you find aircraft engine noise intolerable then this may be a walk to miss.
Take a left off the A38, B3130, towards Winford. Going through Winford just after the hill, turn right opposite the ‘Prince of Waterloo’ then immediately left into Parsonage Lane. At the T junction turn left into Redding Pit Lane and take the first farm track on the right. The sign has a chicken on it but is rather hidden under a small tree. Alternative route – for those who are not faint-hearted. Take a left off the A38, B3130, towards Winford, Go through Winford and just after the first hard right bend, take the first right into Frog Lane. Follow the lane to the T junction, turn right and the farm is up the second farm lane. The sign has a chicken on it but is rather hidden under a small tree.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge.

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

Tuesday 15 August – River Avon

Meet at the Pill Memorial Hall, Lodway, Pill. Coming from Pill Precinct shops, this is at the top of the hill immediately on the left. Coming from Easton-in-Gordano, it is on the right, opposite a turning to the left. Arrive in time to catch the 09.55 X4 bus towards Bristol to Leigh Court. Alternatively, come out from Bristol on the 09.35 hrs. X4 Portishead bus and meet us at the gateway into Leigh Court (next stop after the George Inn, Abbots Leigh) at about 10.00 hrs. then return to Bristol by bus after the walk. We will walk down through the woods to the Avon towpath, along by the river and then uphill back to the cars. Don’t forget your bus passes. Lunch for those participating will be at the Kings Arms, Easton-in-Gordano.
Leader: Judy Copeland

Tuesday 22 August – Wick.

Meet at the Rose and Crown at Wick for this Golden Valley walk covering a range of habitats from farmland scrub, woodland and waterside. A few stiles and could be muddy.
Leader: Dave Body

Tuesday 29 August – Newton St. Loe:

Meet at the Church, Newton St. Loe. Turn off the A4 Bristol to Bath road at the Globe PH roundabout, proceed up the hill taking the first right, then first right again towards the Church. A walk through woodland, open countryside in and around the Bath Spa University. Could be muddy in parts. Mainly level with some short hills.
Leader: Robert Hargreaves.

Tuesday September walks:
05 Tickenham 12 Swineford/Upton Cheney 19 Easton-in-Gordano 26 Priddy.

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

Sunday 17 September – Blagdon Lake

Meet at 0930 hrs by the south end of the dam at the fishing lodge, where Bristol water permits (£5) can be bought from the leader. The permits can also be used in the hides at Chew Valley in the afternoon.
Leader: Nigel Milbourne

Sunday 24 September – Portland Bill

Meet at Ferrybridge car park on the Portland Causeway (SY 668755) at 1000hrs. Allow a good two hours from Bristol. We will visit various sites around Portland, depending on weather conditions and bird news on the day.
Return via Ferrybridge to Lodmoor or Radipole, so bring your RSPB cards and food and drink for the day.
For car-sharing, please contact Jane in advance, noting that she is hoping for passengers or a lift herself.
Leader: Jane Cumming

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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