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.
All WEEKEND meetings STILL HAVE to booked using the link to be found in the latest issue of the club magazine Bird News.
Sunday 14 August – Oldbury Power Station Leader: Pete Hazelwood
Meet in the large car park on your right on the approach to Oldbury Power Station at 08:50 for a 09:00 start.
Oldbury Power Station is well signposted off the A38 just North of Thornbury. We will walk around two of the old
lagoons, now reedbeds and scrub, searching for warblers and summer migrants. We will then go along the shore
of the Severn hopefully seeing some passage waders. We will need to climb over stiles and five-barred gates.
This will be a morning only meeting finishing at 12:00.
Tuesday 16 August – Folly Farm Leader: Jean Oliver
Meet in the Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm car park. Folly Farm has a brown tourist sign from the A368 Weston
super Mare to Bath road. Follow the narrow lane for about half a mile to the car park. The walk is about three and
a half miles around the farm with a variety of habitats.
Saturday 20 August – Chew Valley Lake Leader: Andy Davis
Meet at 09:30 at Herriotts Bridge.( situated between Bishop Sutton and West Harptree.) We will visit some of the
public areas around the lake, and also some of the hides, for which a permit is needed available from Bristol
Tuesday 23 August – Clevedon/Walton Common and Coast Path (Picnic Walk) Leader: Judy Copeland
Meet on the triangle opposite the gateway to Clevedon Golf Club. Turn off B 3124 to the road going NW between
Clevedon School playing fields. At the top of the hill park in The Avenue. Four to five miles, hills and stiles,
uneven paths. If weather bad, could return to cars by 13.30
Tuesday 30 August – Woodchester Park (Picnic Walk) Leaders: Di and Pete Bunniss
Meet at the National Trust car park (postcode is for the Mansion) where there is a charge of £3 (NT members
free). Woodchester Park is a National Trust property signposted off the B4066 Dursley to Stroud road. We aim to
be back at the cars by three o’clock but there are breakaway points for anyone who needs to leave early. The
habitat is mixed with woodland, pasture and lakes and there are some fairly steep stretches and maybe muddy
patches. The picnic site can be reached avoiding the big climb. Have a look at the NT Woodchester website if
you don’t know the valley. The area ranger will join us during our break to give a brief overview of the park and an
update on the restoration work they are carrying out.
Saturday 03 September – Chipping Sodbury Common Leader: Mike Jackson
Parking is not permitted on the Common so we shall meet on Hatters’ Lane at the edge of Chipping Sodbury at
09:00 where roadside parking is available. We shall mainly be looking out for early returning summer migrants
and resident passerines on this bushy common. A ’scope is recommended for the best views of small birds at a
distance. It is uneven underfoot with possible standing water after heavy rainfall. Cattle are likely to be free
roaming. There are no stiles or gateway
Tuesday 06 Sept – Little Sodbury (Picnic) Leader: Nick Hawkridge
Picnic walk. Parking is limited so please car share if possible. Park by St Adeline’s Church or use the large verge on the lane beyond. Take the A46 towards Stroud, then first left turn after The Cross Hands (but not the farm track). A scenic five mile walk with stiles, hills and much more with a breakaway for morning only walkers and a picnic for the rest.
Tuesday 13 Sept – Backwell Lake Leaders: Sue & John Prince
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.
Sunday 18 September – East Devon, Exe or Axe Estuary Leader: Jane Cumming
Please sign up on Doodle for this trip as the leader will determine at the last minute whether Black Hole Marsh at Seaton or Bowling Green Marsh at Topsham is likely to produce the most interesting birds, depending on the latest news.
Tuesday 20 Sept – Tickenham Leaders: Lois Pryce & Jan Priddie
Meet at the Church of St. Quiricus and St. Julietta, Church Lane, Tickenham off the B3130 Clevedon road (left from Bristol, right from Clevedon) for a hilly walk which can be muddy after rain. Parking limited, please car share if possible.
Tuesday 27 Sept – Wapley Bushes (Picnic) Leader: Alan Daniells
Park near the reserve entrance on Shire Way in Yate, between Cherrington and Maisemore. A two mile walk through the Green Flag community award reserve, including wildflower meadow (good for butterflies), plantations and semi-natural ancient woodlands. We will finish with an optional picnic in the meadow. No stiles but can be muddy when wet.
Sunday 02 October – Steart WWT Leader: Richard Belson
Meet at 09.30 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 to look at the north end of the site by the breach. 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 much of the Natural England site is pedestrian 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.
The Club’s indoor meetings will be held at the Newman Hall, 28 Grange Court Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4DR, from September – December. Our January and February meetings are not scheduled for the Newman Hall, they will be Zoom only.
Thursday 15 September at the Newman Hall – Steve Watson on the Goshawk
This month sees the return of Steve Watson, this time to give his talk on the Goshawk. Steve is from the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group and has a passion for all birds of prey, raising their profile through his work with Raptor Aid.
Thursday 27 October – Saul Alonso, RSPB Franchises Lodge, New Forest
details next month