Bristol Ornithological Club Walks & Meetings

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

Tuesday 17 Barrow Gurney

Meet in the Princes Motto pub car park (if lunching) or the village public car park next to the pub and village hall in Barrow Gurney. The walk is hilly in parts, always muddy, approximately four miles with a few stiles. Allow time to order lunch.
Leader: Geoff Harris

Tuesday 24 Folly Farm – BOC 50th Anniversary project – hedge planting at Folly Farm.

BOC members are invited to help plant a new hedge at the Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm reserve near Bishop Sutton. We will meet at the main car park at 10.00 hrs and if you can bring a spade and some gardening gloves that would be a great help (spades and gloves will be available). The work will take place on flat ground although the walk to the field has a short hilly section. Depending on numbers we will offer some walks around the reserve during the day. Bring a packed lunch and waterproofs.
Directions to Folly Farm
Folly Farm is just off the A368 Weston-super-Mare to Bath road, about one mile east of Bishop Sutton. Follow the brown tourist sign along the narrow lane for about half a mile where you will find the car park and toilets. 
Leader: Mark Watson

Sunday 29 October – Clevedon

Meet at St Andrew's Church, Church Road (off Clevedon ring road) at 09:30hrs. We shall start off by looking around the Wains Hill area for any late migrants before heading out along the coast as far as the Kenn. Regretfully due to access restriction we can no longer proceed down to the Yeo, so at that point we will head back the way we came. On the coast we shall be on the look out for waders and wildfowl. Good paths and mostly level apart from Wains Hill. In total, three to four miles over two to three hours.
Leader: Jason Williams


Tuesday 31 October – Saltford


Indoor meetings.
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! 

Thursday 19 October – Wildlife of Dartmoor – John Walters
Ecologist, wildlife artist and photographer John Walters lives on the edge of Dartmoor and has made the moor a particular subject for study of all branches of natural history. He is a consultant entomologist and naturalist on radio and television where he has worked extensively for the BBC Natural History unit.

Thursday 16 November – Wildlife in Poland – Dr Marek Borkowski
Marek Borkowski’s company manages the Biebrza Marsh in Poland and buys and protects other key places for endangered species and has reintroduced Tarpan horses to the wild to preserve these habitats. He organises wildlife watching trips and makes films as well as giving lectures on north east Poland to raise public awareness of this World Heritage site. 

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.