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 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

Tuesday 03 October – Portbury.

From the M5 Junction 19 Gordano, take the A369 towards Bristol and immediately turn right to Portbury village and park on Station Road. Please do not park in the pub (The Priory) car park or on the bridge beside the A369. We will walk over the M5 on the footbridge at the end of Station Road. A circular walk out to Portbury Wharf, all on lanes and public footpaths, a few stiles but generally good going underfoot.
Leader: Roger Hawley.

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

Tuesday 10 October – Pilning Wetlands.

Meet near the public toilets in Severn Beach main street for a walk primarily along the seawall and out to the new wetlands. Mainly flat, three to four miles.
Leader: Jane Cumming

Sunday 15 October – Migration Watch

As usual, we will have watchers at Sand Point, Wains Hill (Clevedon), Battery Point (Portishead) and Severnside, from 07:30 hrs onwards, to identify and count flyover migrants. Do join them to witness the changing of the guard this autumn. Bring warm clothes and hot drinks!
New Passage ST 545865 Leader: Brian Lancastle 
Meet at the sea wall. Park at the end of New Passage Road then follow the waterside path northwards.
Portishead ST 464776 Leader: Robin Prytherch
Meet at Battery Point
Clevedon ST 394708 Leader: Jason Williams
Meet at St Andrew’s Church, Church Road (off Clevedon ring road)
Sand Point ST 328661 Leader: Paul Gregory
Meet in the National Trust car park

Tuesday 17 October – Barrow Gurney

Meet in the Princes Motto pub car park (if lunching) or the village public car park next to the pub and village hall in Barrow Gurney. The walk is hilly in parts, always muddy, approximately four miles with a few stiles. Allow time to order lunch.
Leader: Geoff Harris.

Tuesday 24 October – Folly Farm.

BOC 50th Anniversary project – hedge planting at Folly Farm. Meet in the car park of Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm. There is a brown tourist sign to the farm from the A 368 Weston super Mare to Bath road. Follow the narrow lane for about half a mile to the car park. Members can stay and help for the morning or whole day as they wish. See also box at front of Club News.
Leader: Mark Watson

Sunday 29 October – Clevedon

Meet at St Andrew’s Church, Church Road (off Clevedon ring road) at 09:30hrs. We shall start off by looking around the Wains Hill area for any late migrants before heading out along the coast as far as the Kenn. Regretfully due to access restriction we can no longer proceed down to the Yeo, so at that point we will head back the way we came. On the coast we shall be on the look out for waders and wildfowl. Good paths and mostly level apart from Wains Hill. In total, three to four miles over two to three hours
Leader: Jason Williams

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!

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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.

Thursday 16 November – Wildlife in Poland – Dr Marek Borkowski

Marek Borkowski’s company manages the Biebrza Marsh in Poland and buys and protects other key places for endangered species and has reintroduced Tarpan horses to the wild to preserve these habitats. He organises wildlife watching trips and makes films as well as giving lectures on north east Poland to raise public awareness of this World Heritage site.


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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