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.


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

Tuesday 19 September – Easton in Gordano

Meet at Church Hall car park for circa four mile walk, some hills and stiles. From A369 (near Gordano Services) take Easton-in-Gordano turning (not Pill turning) and follow road down towards Pill, passing King’s Arms on your left. After the playing field on left, turn immediately into car park.
Leader: Judy Copeland

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

Tuesday 26 September – Priddy

Meet at the Queen Victoria pub in the middle of the village – just off the green on the Wookey Hole road for a walk on the Mendips of some four and a half miles. One short steepish hill and some muddy puddles. A few stiles.
Leaders: Maureen & Bill Dobie

Sunday 01 October – Newport Wetlands

Meet at 09:30 hrs in the visitor centre car park (ST 334834) which is on West Nash Road between Nash village and Uskmouth Power Station. From M4 junction 23a, take the A4810 towards Magor. Continue on the A4810 through four roundabouts. Take the second exit at the fifth roundabout (the brown ‘duck’ symbol) towards Nash. Follow the brown ‘duck’ signs to the RSPB reserve. We will look for Bearded Tit, ducks and waders. Can be very wet underfoot after rain. In the afternoon we will go on to the Goldcliff marshes, an excellent wader site.
Leaders: Ray and Margaret Bulmer

Sunday 08 October – WWT Steart.

Meet at 09:30 hrs at the WWT Steart Reserve car park. We will visit the WWT reserve first and then drive on to the Natural England car park at ST 275459. We will walk out to the hides on Fenning Island. High tide is around 0900hrs. 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

Sunday 15 October – Migration Watch

As usual, we will have watchers at Sand Point, Wains Hill (Clevedon), Battery Point (Portishead) and Severnside, from 0730 hrs onwards, to identify and count flyover migrants. Do join them to witness the changing of the guard this autumn.


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

Following 15 years as an RSPB staff member at Arne, Neil now leads birding tours, wrote “Best Birdwatching Sites: Dorset”, runs Calluna Books, a second-hand bird book outlet, and edits/publishes the Birdwatcher’s Yearbook. He has travelled extensively in Spain and recently led the Dorset Bird Club there.

Thursday 19 October – Wildlife of Dartmoor – John Walters

Ecologist, wildlife artist and photographer John Walters lives on the edge of Dartmoor and has made the moor a particular subject for study of all branches of natural history. He is a consultant entomologist and naturalist on radio and television where he has worked extensively for the BBC Natural History unit.


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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