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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Limited field meetings will commence again in Dec 2020. All meeting HAVE to booked using the link to be found in the latest issue of the club magazine Bird News.

Saturday 19 December – Uphill.

Park on Links Road (parking is free and unrestricted at this time of year) or Thornbury road, first right after the Uphill Boatyard entrance heading towards the beach. Meet on the beach at Uphill at 10:00 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.
Leader: Jane Cumming

Tuesday 22 December – Severn Beach and Pilning Wetlands.

Meet at 10:00 next to the new ‘Just as You are’ cafe on Beach Road in the centre of Severn Beach village. High tide is at 12:30 (9.1m). A walk along the coast and estuary path and past the wetlands. Although not a circular walk, views of the birds should be constantly changing with the tide. Bring telescopes if you can.
Leader: Lois Pryce

Sunday 27 December – Eastville Park  + +

The walk will be mostly in Eastville Park meeting at the Eastville Park car park, which is at the end of Park Avenue off Oakdene Avenue. Start time 09:00 thus avoiding most of the crowds etc. Hopefully, we have some visiting Goosanders again which if you are a fish isn’t good news especially with a goodly number of Cormorants also chasing fish. A lot depends on the water levels of the River Frome..
Leader: Rich Scantlebury

Tuesday 29 December – Snuff Mills.

Meet at 10:00 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.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge

Sunday 3 January – Severn Beach and Pilning Wetlands.

Meet at 10:00 next to the new “Just as You are” cafe on Beach Road in the centre of Severn Beach village. High tide is at 09.46. A walk along the coast and estuary path and past the wetland. Although not a circular walk the birds should be constantly changing with the tide. Bring telescopes if you can.
Leader: Lois Pryce

Tuesday 05 January – Clevedon

Meet at the end of Old Church Road by the gate to the allotments. Park in nearby side streets. Please note this is a different starting point to previous Tuesday meetings. We will walk to Clevedon Pill and out to Dowlais and back along the Blind Yeo. The walk is about three miles and all level. High tide is approx.11:15.
Leader: Jane Cumming

Sunday 10 January – Westhay NNR, Somerset Levels

Meet at 1000 hrs at the car park at ST 456437, nearest postcode BA6 9TX, for this morning only walk. From the B3151 Wedmore to Shapwick road, turn east on Westhay Moor Drove, close to the only bend on the long straight section. Follow this road through a couple of 90 degree bends until you see a large car park on your left. This NNR is one of the older parts of the Avalon Marshes complex but may be overshadowed by the better known Ham Wall. The habitat is similar: woods, pools and marshes. There will be plenty of ducks, and recent sightings include Bearded Tit, Firecrest, Siskin and Redpoll. The walk will be mostly along flat hard ground but expect wet grass tracks as well. Note that the reserve has no facilities. Covid restrictions. This is a tier 2 area with a tier 2 leader so the walk is not currently available to residents of tier 3 areas. Booking via Doodle as usual. Call Jane with any questions.
Leader: Jenny Vickers

Tuesday 12 January – Between Chew and Blagdon Lakes.

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.
Leader: Sue and John Prince

Tuesday 19 January – Uphill.

Park on Links Road (parking ok 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 approx.10:40.
Leader: Jane Cumming

Saturday 23 January – Marshfield

Meet in the Tanners Lane layby on the south side of the A420 at Marshfield at 09:00 for this morning only meeting. The going is flat with no stiles on metalled, grass and muddy surfaces. This exposed site can get very cold, and wet underfoot, so dress appropriately. We shall be looking out for Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and Red-legged Partridge as well as raptors, owls, other winter passerines and waders.
Leader: Mike Jackson

Tuesday 26 January – Stoke/Eastville Parks/Vassals

Meet in the Snuff Mills car park, River View, off Broomhill, Frenchay Road, for a walk in Stoke Park/Eastville Park and/or Vassals depending on what has recently been seen.
Leader: Rich Scantlebury

Indoor meetings.

Thursday 21 January – New Zealand, Andrew Cleave

Andrew Cleave MBE, wildlife photographer, author and lecturer, will be describing the wildlife of this most distant
part of the globe.

Thursday 18 February – Members’ Evening

Members giving talks this evening will include Mike Landen on “Some birds of Ecuador”.

Thursday 18 March – Giles Morris – Portbury Nature Reserve

 


Meetings start at 19:30 via Zoom. Meeting information in Bird News. 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.