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 February – Uphill                                          ST 313586. BS23 4YB Satnav 51.322447,  -2.98698
NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE. Park on Links Road (parking ok at this time of year) or Thornbury road, 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 top the Bleadon Levels. There will be more watching than walking and we can drop telescopes off in cars after the beach watch. High water approx. 09.45
Leader: Jane Cumming

Sunday 25 February – Chew Valley Lake
Meet at 09:30 at Woodford Lodge, ST 565607, on the west side of the lake, road entrance at ST 559608. Expect to pay £5 for a permit if you do not have one. Bristol Water have said if you enrol for the March 2018 to Feb 2019 permit, £30, they will allow you access today free. The permit includes parking. It also gives access to Blagdon Lake and Barrow Tanks. We will go where the birds take us, and the meeting will last as long as they keep us
interested. Lunch can be had at Salt and Malt, Woodford Lodge or the Blue Bowl Inn, or bring sandwiches
Leader: Robert Hargreaves

Tuesday 27 February – Bristol City Centre                   ST 313586. BS23 4YB. Satnav. 51.322447, -2.986986
Meet at Millennium Square behind @Bristol (suggest you use your bus passes) for an urban walk of about four miles, flat except for road bridge steps, and possibly even mud free. If bringing a car into the centre of Bristol, the @Bristol underground car park is closest but expensive. We may end up at Brandon Hill reserve which involves climbing steps
Leaders: Nancy Barrett

Tuesday 06 March – Forest of Dean                                SO 626095 G15 4HS. Satnav. 51.783474, -2.542579
Picnic walk. Meet at New Fancy at 10.30. Cross the old Severn Bridge via the M48, turning right for Chepstow and take the A48 to Lydney. At Lydney take the B 4234 to Park End, turn right up the hill and after approximately one mile turn left signposted Speech House. Within a quarter of a mile turn right into Fancy View car park. Morning at Fancy View and afternoon at Cannop Ponds, Speech House or Nagshead. Bring food and drink for the day. Please try to fill cars to share costs (bridge toll £5.60) and wear warm clothing. A series of short walks with the hope of seeing the magnificent Goshawks in their display flights, plus all the other species of the forest
Leader: Nick Hawkridge

Sunday 11 March – Barrow Gurney Reservoirs
Meet at 1030 hrs in the car park for no.3 tank (north-west side of A38, ST 537677) for a short morning meeting. Hopefully, the long-staying and very smart, adult drake Long-tailed Duck will still be there. Also, Goldeneye and Common Sandpiper should be present. Scarcities in recent winters have included Great Northern Diver, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebe, Smew, Dartford Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff. Who knows!?
Leader: Sean Davies

Tuesday 13 March – Gordano Valley                            ST 430730. BS21 7AH. Satnav. 51.451651, -2.819691
Meet half way along Moor Lane, Walton-in-Gordano, being a left turn off the B3124 travelling on the Portishead to Clevedon Road. Park in the lane but please do not obstruct farm gates and lift share if possible as parking is limited. A circular walk of about four miles with one steep hill and a few stiles. Pasture, woodland and crosses the Gordano Valley. Could be muddy after rain
Leader: Geoff Harris

Tuesday 20 March – Greylake RSPB Reserve                ST 399346. TA7 9BP. Satnav. 51.107553, -2.859342
Meet at the RSPB car park at Greylake at 10.30. The reserve is on the A361 Glastonbury to Taunton road between Greinton and Othery. It is a mosaic of wet meadows and reed bed. For those who wish to stay on in the afternoon we will either attempt locate the Cranes or drop into Catcott Lows depending on weather and birds likely to be present. The morning visit will end around 12.30/13.00. Likely to be very wet in places. Please bring lunch if you wish to join the afternoon visit
Leader: Mark Watson

Saturday 24 March – RSPB Nagshead Reserve
We currently have no leader for this visit and it may not go ahead. Anyone wishing to volunteer please contact the BOC secretary.
Leader: Needed

Tuesday 27 March – Wick                                             ST 706725. BS30 5QH.  Satnav. 51.451380, -2.424309
Meet at the Rose and Crown at Wick for this Golden Valley walk covering a range of habitats from farmland scrub, woodland and waterside. A few stiles and could be mud
Leader: Dave Body

Tuesday 03 April – Winscombe

Saturday 07 April – Sand Point
Meet at 0930 hrs in the NT car park (ST 330659) for this morning only meeting. Leave the M5 at junction 21. Follow the road to Weston-super-Mare for 200 yards then bear left off the dual carriageway towards Worle. At the traffic lights bear right, following the signs for Sand Bay. Drive north along the coast road to the car park at the end. The terrain is rough in places so wear suitable footwear and clothing for this exposed site. We will be looking for early migrants and coastal birds
Leader: Paul Gregory

Tuesday 10 April – Hanham

Sunday 15 April – St Catherines Valley
Meet at 0900 hrs in Beeks Lane (ST 770727) for this morning only walk. Beeks Lane is a minor road running southwest from Marshfield and the meeting point is about half-way to Beek's Farm. Parking there is rather tricky so take care. The walk covers about four and a half miles through some peaceful and attractive countryside, over fields and alongside the upper reaches of St. Catherine's Brook. Some steep slopes. Good for a wide variety of resident birds plus possibly some early migrants. Wellingtons or good walking boots are advised as the path may be muddy in places. Contact Mike for further information or if you need, or can offer, a lift
Leader: Mike Jackson

Sunday 21 April – Ham Wall
Meet at 0930 hrs at the RSPB car park at ST 448395. From the middle of Meare village on the B3151 Wedmore to Glastonbury road, take the minor road south signposted Ashcott. The car park is about a mile down this road opposite the more familiar Meare Heath/Ashcott Corner car park, beyond the Railway Inn. We will walk through parts of the RSPB Ham Wall and Meare Heath reserves, hoping to see and hear Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret and Hobby. The area is particularly good for warbler song. The walk will be mostly along flat hard ground although we may go onto some wet grass tracks. Non-RSPB members will need to pay for parking
Leader: Alastair Fraser

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 15 February. The Science and Beauty of Birds – Oliver Smart
Prize-winning photographer and club member, Oliver Smart, asks us to wonder why a raptor has an orbital ridge or what the purpose is of a tubenose on a petrel? Well, in this talk, Oliver will guide us through some fascinating insights to the science of birds, their adaptations, evolution and physiology. Oliver's talk is split into four sections covering the science of birds, the photography, the aesthetics of bird photography and the rewards. Definitely a date for the diary

Thursday 15 March – Members’ Evening
This is your evening! The first half will be taken up with talks by members on the Lake Kerkini area of northern Greece and on Morocco, then after the interval there will be a Quiz, organised by Jeremy and Alison Pilling. Judging by the success of the quiz at the 50th Anniversary Dinner, this should be fun – do come and join in

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.