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 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 26 November – Stoke/Eastville Parks/Vassals
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: Richard Scantlebury
Sunday 01 December – 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 walk out to the north side of the breach although high tide would have been at around 09:25. 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.
Leader: Richard Belson
Tuesday 03 December – 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 approximately 10:15.
Leader: Jane Cumming
Tuesday 10 December – Shapwick Heath
AFTERNOON MEETING. Meet at 14.00 in the RSPB Ham Wall Reserve car park at Ashcott Corner.
From the middle of Meare Village on the B3151 Wedmore to Glastonbury road, take the minor road south, signposted to Ashcott. After approximately. one mile the car park is situated on the left just after the Railway Inn and the canal bridge. A general bird watch hopefully ending with the sight of the ‘Starling Spectacular’, wherever it may be congregating and if necessary travelling a short distance for the best view. Warm clothing is essential.
Parking charges – please note that these have been introduced at both RSPB & Natural England car parks. RSPB members are exempt at the Ham Wall car park (place membership card in the windscreen), but there is no exemption at the Shapwick site.
Leader: Mark Watson
Sunday 15 December – Weymouth
Meet at Ferrybridge car park on the Portland Causeway, at 10:00. Allow a good two hours from Bristol. We plan to visit sites including Portland Harbour, the Fleet, Radipole or Lodmoor, and possibly the Bill depending on bird reports. Targets will be divers and grebes, perhaps passing seabirds or interesting gulls, Purple Sandpiper and other wintering waders, and if it’s a calm overcast day we might see Bearded Tit. Bring food and drink for the day, warm clothing, and your RSPB card. Please let Jane know if you are coming so that car sharing and a lift for the leader can be arranged. Email or leave a message on the house phone.
Leader: Jane Cumming
Tuesday 17 December – Newton-St-Loe
A shorter two hour walk from the church of the near-by village of Newton St Loe from 10:00 to12:00 prior to the Christmas lunch. Then drive to The Riverside for lunch at 12.30 (five minutes away). Those who are not walking please arrive at the Riverside Inn for lunch which will start at 12.30
Leaders: Duncan and Pat Gill
Tuesday 24 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 31 December – Frome Valley, Frampton Cotterell
Meet at the River Frome bridge on Church Road opposite St. Peter’s Church. The Globe Inn and the church have busy schedules that day so please 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 Texaco cross roads into Church Road. Look out for the Globe Inn and the adjacent church. The walk includes seven stiles in four miles of fairly easy, level terrain but will be muddy in places. Expect the usual farmland/woodland species such as winter thrush, Linnet, Chaffinch and hopefully, Yellowhammer.
Leader: Mike Jackson
Sunday 16 Feb – 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 £16 (payable to BOC) to Judy Copeland (address at end of Bird News). The Blue Iris Coach will leave Nailsea depot at 0720 hrs (please advise Blue Iris 01275 851121 if you wish to join there). No pick-ups en route. The trip usually includes a walk alongside the River Exe and a visit to Dawlish Warren, but the itinerary is dependent on high tide time and local conditions and will be confirmed in December Club News. 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: to be confirmed
Thursday 19 December – AGM
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, Alastair Fraser (contact
details at the end of Club News) by 19 November.
Following the AGM Richard Belson will present ‘Wild Japan in Winter’
Meetings start at 19:30 in the Newman Hall, Grange Court Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 4DR. There will be a
half-time interval with refreshments.
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.