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. All W/E meetings start at 09:30 and on Tuesdays at 10:00 – unless otherwise stated.

Sunday 27 January – Exe Estuary Coach Trip

This annual trip will leave from the Water Tower on the Downs at 08:00 prompt (if you have to cancel on the day
phone Judy on 07811 929404). We aim to be back in Bristol around 18:30. If you would like to join the coach,
please send a cheque for £15 (payable to BOC) to Judy Copeland (19 St George’s Hill, Easton-in-Gordano, BS20
0PS). The Blue Iris Coach will leave Nailsea depot at 0720 hrs (please advise Blue Iris 01275 851121 if you wish
to join here). No pick-ups en route. Owing to the morning high tide, we will go to Dawlish Warren first this year for The walk out along the dunes to the point and the hide. Then the coach will take us to Powderham for a walk
alongside the river to the Turf Inn, with an option to go by coach up to Exminster Marshes instead for a look
around the marshes before the walkers join us. This trip usually produces an excellent tally of waders, grebes,
ducks and geese. Please bring food and drink for the day, and warm and waterproof clothes and boots. Some
BNS members may be joining us to help fill the coach
Leader: Alastair Fraser

Tues 30 January – 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 to Wedmore, 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 of the reservoir bank and the remainder on droves and paths beside rhynes. Walking will be flat and
easy but may be very muddy.
Leader: Alastair Fraser

Tuesday 05 February – Pensford

Meet at the Pensford Memorial Hall Car Park, Publow Lane, and Pensford. A walk of about four miles through
fields, woodland, and riverside habitats with some hills, stiles. Could be muddy in places.
Leader: Geoff Harris

Tuesday 12 February – Shapwick Heath

Note: AFTERNOON MEETING. Meet at 14:00 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 canal
bridge. There will be a general bird watch hopefully ending with the sight of the ‘Starling Spectacular’, wherever it may be congregating and if necessary travelling a short distance for the best view. Warm clothing is essential.
Parking charges – please note that these have been introduced at Ham Wall for both RSPB & Natural England
car parks. RSPB members are exempt at the Ham Wall car park (place membership card in the windscreen),
but there is no exemption at the Shapwick site
Leader: Peter Holbrook

Tuesday 19 February – Backwell Lake

Meet in the Perrings. From the railway station, pass Backwell Lake on the left, proceed up the hill and turn left into Queens Road. Take the first left into The Perrings and park beside the grassy area some 200 yards along. We will be looking at the lake and walking some quiet lanes and tracks south of Nailsea. Three and a half miles, may be wet and muddy underfoot.
Leaders: Sue and John Prince

Sunday 24 February – Blashford Lakes

This site is located near Ringwood, but poorly sign-posted. On the A338 opposite Ellingham turn onto Ellingham
Drove following the water ski sign and then turn right again, meeting at the visitor centre – SU 151079 – at 10:00. It takes approximately two hours driving from Bristol, so please contact Keith to arrange car sharing. We hope to
see winter ducks and possibly grebes on the lakes and there should be Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and maybe
Brambling around the woods. Bring a packed lunch and warm clothes.
Leader: Keith Williams

Tuesday 26 February – Uphill

Park on Links Road (parking should be fine at this time of year) or Thornbury road which is first right after the
Uphill Boatyard entrance heading towards the beach. Meet on the beach at Uphill and bring a telescope if
possible. We will spend some time watching from the beach so ensure you have warm clothing. Following this we
will have a short walk over the hill to the Bleadon Levels. There will be more watching than walking and we can
drop telescopes off in cars after the beach watch. High water 11:45 at 11.4m.
Leader: Jane Cumming

Sunday 10 March – Weymouth

Meet at Ferrybridge car park on the Portland Causeway at 10:00. Allow a good two hours from Bristol. We plan to
visit sites including Portland Harbour, the Fleet, Radipole, Lodmoor, and possibly the Bill depending on bird
reports. Bring food and drink for the day, warm clothing, and your RSPB card. Please let Jane know if you are
coming so that car sharing and a lift for the leader can be arranged. Email kittwake@yahoo.co.uk or leave a
message on the house phone
Leader: Jane Cumming

Sunday 24 March – Uphill and Bleadon

Park on Links Road (parking should be fine at this time of year) or Thornbury road which is first right after the
Uphill Boatyard entrance heading towards the beach. Meet on the beach at Uphill at 09:30 and bring a telescope
if possible. We will spend some time watching from the beach so ensure you have warm clothing. Following this
we will have a short walk over the hill to the Bleadon Levels. There will be more watching than walking and we
can drop telescopes off in cars after the beach watch. High water 09:28 at 14.1m.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge

Indoor meetings.

Thursday 21 February – Bardsey Observatory – Steven Stansfield

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!

Thursday 21 March – Urban Peregrines 20 years on! – Ed Drewitt

Twenty years after Ed was first introduced to urban Peregrines by the late John Tully, he is now embarking on a
years Masters to crunch his latest data from ten years of colour ringing three-week old peregrine chicks. Tonight
Ed will be revealing more about his latest findings and where things have come in two decades.

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.