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 19 September – Portland Bill
Meet at 10:00 at Ferrybridge. Journey time is about two hours from Bristol. Booking essential and the leader will need a lift. We will visit places on Portland Bill and Radipole or Lodmore in Weymouth. Anything can turn up in the autumn on Portland and we can be reasonably sure of sea birds and waders. Bring food for the day and change for the car parks. Leader: Alastair Fraser
Tuesday 21 September – Tickenham.
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. Leaders: Lois Pryce and Jan Pridie.
Sunday 26 September – Goldcliff, Gwent
Please note this is a change to the programme as Pilning is not accessible for a field trip.
Meet at 09:30 for a morning exploring the wetlands at Goldcliff. There is some off-road parking just up the lane or careful parking on the road verge. We may go onto Newport Wetlands (2.6 miles away) for the afternoon. Both sites are reasonably level but the paths at Goldcliff can be uneven and muddy. Leader: Robert Hargreaves
Tuesday 28 September – Frome Valley, Frampton Cotterell.
Meet at the River Frome bridge on Church Road opposite St. Peter’s Church. Park in nearby Mill Lane, Bridge Way or Meadow Mead. From the A432 Downend to Chipping Sodbury road turn left onto Church Road as you leave Coalpit Heath. If coming from Hambrook take the B4058 to Frampton Cotterell. Turn right at the traffic lights at the BP garage into Church Road. Look out for the Globe Inn and the adjacent church. The walk includes around seven stiles in four miles of fairly easy, level terrain but can be muddy in places following rain. Expect the usual riparian and farmland/woodland species, and hopefully some departing summer migrants. Leader: Mike Jackson
Tuesday 05 October – East Harptree.
A circular walk of approximately four miles, some hills and stiles, which can be muddy when wet. Meet in the Forestry Commission car park on the right about one and half miles up (SW) from the centre of East Harptree. Leader Geoff Harris
Sunday 10 October – Steart WWT
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. 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, face mask required. 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. Leader Richard Belson
Tuesday 12 October – Saltford.
Taking the A4 from Bristol to Saltford, turn left at any turning in Saltford, drive down the hill, past ‘The Bird in Hand’, under the railway bridge and park as soon as you can in Mead Lane. Meet at the railway bridge. There is also a free car park in ‘The Shallows’, the road by the river, under 400 yards away. A two to three miles walk over the fields around Avon Farm. There are six stiles in one section but they can be avoided by taking the road for 500 yds. Muddy if wet. Leader Robert Hargreaves
Tuesday 19 October – Stoke Park/Eastville Parks/Vassals.
Meet at the bottom of Elmgrove Road in Thingwall Park. Please note the change of meeting point for this walk. The walk route will depend on what has recently been seen. Leader Rich Scantlebury
Sunday 24 October – Clevedon
Meet at the end of Old Church Road by the gate to the allotments. We will walk to Clevedon Pill and out to Dowlais and back along the Blind Yeo. We will be checking the high tide wader roost and looking for late migrants. The walk is about three miles and all level. High tide is at 09.56. Leader Jane Cumming
Tuesday 26 October – Weston Sewage Treatment Works, Bleadon.
I can’t promise any particular species but let’s explore two lesser-known sites around Weston-super-Mare and see what we can find. Meet at the public car park at Weston STW near Bleadon. Directions: head towards the hospital at Weston-super-Mare but before you reach it turn south at the roundabout onto the A370. In Bleadon village turn right onto Accommodation Road signposted to Brean and Berrow. After half a mile and immediately after the railway bridge turn right onto an unsigned road with a 20mph sign (take care, it’s on a blind corner). Follow this road for half a mile, through the Wessex Water gate and on past the well-marked bridle path. The car park is 100 yards further on. If it’s full you can park at the end of the road beyond that. Bring wellies if it’s wet, and a telescope to look for waders on the River Axe. (The STW is open on weekdays only – Mon-Fri, 08:00 – 15.30). Leader Jane Cumming
Saturday 30 October – Blagdon Lake
Meet at 10.00 by the south end of the dam at the fishing lodge where Bristol water permits (£5) can be bought from the leader. This morning only walk will consist of a flat there and back walk of about four miles along the shore. The permits are also valid for the hides at Chew Valley in the afternoon.
Half year permits can be bought online from the Bristol Water website: Things to do (bristolwater.co.uk) Leader Nige Milbourne
Saturday 06 November – West Sedgemoor: To be confirmed
Our winter programme of indoor meetings will be by Zoom. Meetings will resume in Newman Hall as soon as circumstances allow
21 October. Phil Mugridge, Finland through the seasons
Phil Mugridge and his wife Helen are a photography team based in the Forest of Dean. They travel extensively to locations around the world and are particularly fond of Finland and Iceland, and the photographic opportunities presented by South Georgia. This evening’s talk will feature the range of species Phil has encountered through the seasons in Finland.
18 November. Gil Martin, ‘Re-wilding the Belmont Estate’
16 December. AGM and Speaker Josh Harris, ‘Wildlife Photography’
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.