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.


Tuesday 18 December – Bridgeyate.

Leader: Dave Body

Tuesday 25 December – Snuff Mills

Meet in the car park in Riverside View, off Broomhill, Frenchay Road, for an easy walk along the River Frome.
Approximately four miles and will be muddy after rain.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge

Tuesday 01 January 2019 – Slimbridge

Come and join us and get your year list off to a good start with 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. We
will tour the hides and for those who can stay, lunch (at 12:30) at the Tudor Arms by the canal can be booked by
giving your name to Judy Copeland when you arrive.
Leader: Robin Prytherch

Tuesday 08 January – Stoke & Eastville Parks

Meet in the car park in Riverside View, off Broomhill, Frenchay Road, for a walk in Stoke Park/Eastville Park
and/or Vassals depending on what is about. We may see woodland and water birds and possibly some species
that are scarce in Bristol.
Leader: Rich Scantlebury

Sunday 13 January – RSPB West Sedgemoor

Meet at Dewlands Farm for a 10:00 start. As West Sedgemoor is not open to the public the RSPB ask for a
suggested donation of £4 per person/minimum charge £40. The maximum number of visitors is 20 so please let
Mark Watson know if you wish to attend  by the 10th January. First come, first served if numbers exceed 20. We will be joined by local RSPB volunteers Nigel andElaine Smith who will give us up-to-date information about the reserve. This is a morning-only walk, though wemight like to visit elsewhere in the afternoon. Greylake is very good in winter and Ham Wall/Shapwick for Starlings is a possibility. Bring a packed lunch if you wish to join in an afternoon visit
Leader: Mark Watson

Tuesday 15 January – Bristol City Centre

Meet at Millennium Square behind @Bristol (suggest you use your bus passes) for an urban walk of about four
miles, flat except for road bridge steps, and possibly even mud free. If bringing a car into the centre of Bristol, the
@Bristol underground car park is closest but expensive. We may end up at Brandon Hill reserve where there are
some steps.
Leaders: Margaret Gorely & Nancy Barrett

Sunday 20 Januar  – Marshfield 

Meet at 09:30 at Marshfield on the A420, for this morning only meeting. Park in the layby on the south side of the
Marshfield bypass near Tanners Lane. This is a flat walk with no stiles, initially over fields and then by lane. The
grass can be long and wet, so boots advised. It is also quite exposed so dress warmly. The specialities of the
area are Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Red-legged Partridge. We will also look for winter flocks of thrushes
and finches and for any roaming raptors.
Leaders: Sue & Nigel Kempson

Tuesday 22 January – Coalpit Heath

Park in the Kendleshire Golf Club car park. Take the Westerleigh Road off the A4174 ring road, past the Folly pub
and turn left at the first crossroads into Henfield Road. The golf club entrance is on the left hand side. Fairly easy
walking, approximately three and a half miles with a few stiles. Come early to pre-order lunch if staying.
Leader: Duncan & Pat Gill

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: Mark Watson

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



Indoor meetings.

Thursday 20 December Annual General Meeting

Nominations are invited for the officers’ positions and vacancies on the general committee. If you have the time
and inclination why not help to run the club and stand for election? Do talk to any committee member to find what
it involves. Nominations for committee and officers should be sent to the Chairman, Ken Carruthers (contact
details at the end of Club News) by 17 November.
Any motion for the AGM should be signed by the proposer and sent to the Chairman by 17 November.
Awards – Nominations are invited for the Stanley Crick Award 2018. This award recognises a young or novice
ornithologist who has shown exceptional enterprise in the pursuit of his/her hobby.
Nominations are also invited for the Club Special Award 2018. This is given to a member who has contributed in
a major way to the aims of the Club.
Nominations for either award should be sent to the Chairman by 17 November.
Following the AGM:-
Daniel O’Neill and Natasha Ellison will show us their film “To See the Grey” and talk about
their trip to Guyana to make the film.

Thursday 17 January – Members’ Evening (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE).

We need volunteers to contribute to
this annual event. Please don’t be shy as without you it will be a short meeting. If you have had a good birding
trip in 2018 we would like you to share it with us with a short talk and hopefully some photos. Please contact the
secretary, Richard Belson, whose details are at the end of Bird News.

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!

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.