Upcoming BOC Field & Indoor Meetings

Details of meetings, including a comprehensive programme of mid-week meetings, can be found in Bird News, (the club’s monthly publication for members)
W/E meetings start at 09:30 and on Tuesdays at 10:00, unless otherwise stated.

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All WEEKEND meetings STILL HAVE to booked using the link to be found in the latest issue of the club magazine Bird News. 

Sunday 19 December – Chew Valley Lake

Meet at 09:30 at Herriott’s Bridge on the A368 at the south end of the lake. We will start by visiting public parts of the lake, and then the hides on the west side. Permits are required for the hides, available through the Bristol Water website. Daily permit is £5, which also covers parking at the car park by the dam and Salt and Malt restaurant. Yearly and half yearly permits are also available. Leader John Rossetti

Tuesday 21 December – Between Chew and Blagdon Lakes, Christmas walk

Meet at Herons Green on the B3114 between Chew Stoke and West Harptree. Please park in the long lay-by alongside the lake. A four mile walk on quiet country lanes between the lakes, via Breach Hill and Ubley hatchery. Leaders Sue and John Prince

Tuesday 28 December – Snuff Mills

Meet in the car park in River View, off Broomhill, Frenchay Road, for an easy walk along the River Frome. Approximately four miles and will be muddy after rain. A parking charge of £3 for two to five hours will be introduced in November or December. Leader Nick Hawkridge

Saturday 01 January – Slimbridge

Come and join us and get your year list off to a good start in our annual New Year’s Day visit to Slimbridge. Meet in the main car park at 09:30. There is an entrance fee for non-members of WWT. If you wish to have lunch at the Tudor Arms (12:30) let us know when you arrive. It is advisable to book your own table in advance. Leaders Di Bunniss, Graham Blacker

Tuesday 04 January – Hengrove Mounds/Manor Woods/Crox Bottom

Not walked since 2014. Turn into Hengrove Park opposite the Esso garage on Airport Road, Hengrove. Meet at the bottom of the car park outside the entrance of the old cinema. After a circular walk around the mounds, one and a half miles, we return to cars to drive to Manor Woods (five minutes). Park in Headley Lane BS3 5RU (approx). Three miles total unless we do Crox Bottom afterwards. The mounds will be muddy if we have had rain, but it is all flat, no stiles or gates. Leader Graham Blacker

Sunday 09 January – Westhay Moor NNR

Meet in the car park at 0930. Bring lunch if you want to visit the other reserves and see thousands of Starlings flocking to their roosts in the afternoon. We usually walk in a circle, car park to the fishing lake, then along the track onto the road, and then back along the track that runs from the car park. We will be calling at the hides on the way. Two miles, three or four hours. Leader Nigel Kempson

Tuesday 11 January – Hambrook

A non-strenuous walk around the village of Hambrook where the Bradley Brook converges with the River Frome. Meet in the car park of the White Horse pub. From the A4174 ring road take the B4058 to Hambrook. The White Horse is on the right as you come under the M4. Leader Joyce Donker & Kate Cashmore

Sunday 16 January – Weymouth

Meet at 10:00 at Ferrybridge on the road to Portland. Take food for the day and change for parking charges. Depending on news in the day we will visit Portland Castle, Sandsfoot Castle, Radipole and Lodmoor. Use the Doodle link to book to coordinate car share. Leader will not turn up if no one books. Also the meeting point may change at short notice! Leader Jane Cumming

Tuesday 18 January – Dolebury Warren

Meet in the car park of the Crown Inn, Churchill. Coming from Bristol on the A38 turn right at Churchill traffic lights and the turning to the pub is about 200 yards on the left or if coming on the A368 from Bath go straight over the lights and then turn left. The pub is 100 yards past the Nelson Arms and the car park is on the right before the pub. (If using the pub car park buying a drink/food would be appreciated.) Alternatively park on the lane. A hilly walk of about three and a half miles with a few stiles and passing through deciduous and coniferous woodland, limestone grassland and scrub. The ridge is exposed and the going can be muddy in places when wet. Leader Mark Watson

Tuesday 25 January 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. Access the car park from the A420, drive through the first car park and into the overflow car park located behind the pub. Leader Geoff Hardman

Sunday 30 January – Blashford Lakes

Please get in touch with Robert if you would like to go on this trip. It is a two hour plus journey from Bristol and is close to Ringwood. Details will be in January Bird News. Leader Robert Hargreaves

Sunday 06 February – EXE ESTUARY COACH TRIP

We need to know whether it is worthwhile to book a coach for this annual trip. Departure is from the Water Tower on the Downs at 08:00 hrs. Please let Judy Copeland know by 31 December if you would like to book for this all-day visit to the River Exe for the walk from Exminster to Powderham and then parking at Dawlish Warren for a walk out to the estuary. Return to Bristol around 18:00. (). If we do not get enough response the coach trip will be cancelled, but let us know if you would be willing to travel by car to the Exe.

Indoor meetings.

Our winter programme of indoor meetings will be by Zoom. Meetings will resume in Newman Hall as soon as circumstances allow

16 December. AGM and ‘Birds and Beaver Wetlands’ by Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris recently graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. He is passionate about wildlife photography and filmmaking, science communication and ecological restoration. Joshua now works for the Beaver Trust and is aiming for a career in the production of wildlife documentaries.

Zoom Meeting

Thursday 20 January – Europe’s Best Birding by Tom Mabbett

Tom Mabbett is one of Naturetrek’s operations managers. He has led over 50 tours around the world in search of a wide range of wildlife. For this talk, Tom is going to cover some of his favourite European birding holiday destinations, ranging from Extremadura and Camargue to Swedish uplands and Hortobágy.

Zoom Meeting

Thursday 17 February – Members Evening

We are looking for volunteers to give a birding related talk via Zoom at the members evening. If you are interested, please contact the Secretary.

Zoom Meeting

Meetings start at 19:30 via Zoom  – There will be a half-time interval.

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.