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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 20 June – Compton Dando
Meet at the Compton Inn car park (there is also parking available on the road). From the A37 take the minor road to Publow in Pensford. Cross the river at Woollard and after about quarter of a mile turn left to Compton Dando. The walk of about three and a half miles includes a fairly steep short hill at the start and there are five or six stiles. There is a range of habitat which includes farmland and woodland with views of the River Chew. We hope to see Grey Wagtail and there is the possibility of Dipper and Kingfisher. Lunch is available at the Compton Inn.
Leader: Mike Landen
Tuesday 27 June – Velvet Bottom
From Bristol, take the A38 south to Churchill, turn left at the traffic lights, first right up Burrington Combe, continue along and take the first turning on the right by Paywell Farm, then first left. Meet in the small car park at the end of the lane which runs alongside the Charterhouse Centre – not the centre car park itself. Share cars if possible please. Approximately four miles, fairly hilly.
Leader: Geoff Harris
Sunday 02 July – Dinas
Meet at 1000 hrs at the RSPB Dinas Reserve car park (SN 788471). The reserve lies in the Towy Valley in mid Wales approximately 10 miles north of Llandovery and is reached by the minor road from Llandovery to the Llyn Brianne Reservoir. The entrance to the reserve is about four miles north of Rhandirmwyn, before reaching Llyn Brianne. Allow about three hours for the journey from Bristol. This is always a good meeting in a beautiful area with the possibility of Redstarts, Wood Warblers, Pied Flycatchers, Dipper, Red Kite and maybe Peregrine. There is some rough walking so bring stout footwear and food for the day. Please contact Robin Prytherch about car sharing – if you would like a lift or if you can provide a seat in your car.
Leader: Robin Prytherch
Saturday 08 July – Forest of Dean
A joint meeting with Bristol Naturalists. EVENING MEETING. Meet in the car park at New Fancy View (SO 620089) at 1830 hrs. Go through Parkend on the B4234 and turn right onto Fancy Road. Turn left after just under a mile and New Fancy View car park is on the right after a quarter of a mile. We will have a short walk here and possibly also at Cannop Ponds, and then move on to a location near Speech House with a view to hopefully hearing and seeing Nightjar. You may wish to bring insect repellent.
Leader: Mike Johnson
Saturday 15 July – Marshfield
EVENING MEETING. Meet at 1900 hrs at Marshfield on the A420 (ST 774738). Park in the layby on the south side of the Marshfield bypass near Tanners Close. The specialities of this area are Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers with the possibility of Grey Partridge and Quail.
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!
21st Sept 17, Birding in Spain – Neil Gartshore
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.