Langford Lakes, 24 January 2024

Langford Lakes, 24 January 2024

above: Ruddy Shelduck at Langford Lakes © Phillip Delve Leader Phillip Delve Langford Lakes Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Reserve lies on the River Wylye flood plain, some 12 miles north west of Salisbury. Relieved to arrive in fine weather, following several very stormy...
New Year Plant Hunt in Bath, 2 January 2024

New Year Plant Hunt in Bath, 2 January 2024

above: The flooded meeting place, engulfed by the River Avon © Helena Crouch Leader Helena CrouchDespite an atrocious forecast for strong winds and rain, twelve brave botanists met beside the swirling River Avon for a second New Year Plant Hunt, recording all species...
Moth report for 2023

Moth report for 2023

above: Dewick’s Plusia, a new county record © Mike Bailey 2023 has seen an active season for the Bath Nats Moth Study Group. Overnight temperatures are of interest to us as warmer conditions generally result in higher catches in the moth traps and are reflected in the...
Slimbridge 11 October 2023

Slimbridge 11 October 2023

Snipe on Rushy Pool, Slimbridge © Andrew Harrison Leaders: Lucy Starling and Phillip Delve For this joint Bath Nats and Bath RSPB  Field Trip 11 RSPB/Nats members and one non member joined Phillip and me for a stroll around Slimbridge on a grey morning and afternoon....
Fungal Foray at Lord’s Wood, 27 September 2023

Fungal Foray at Lord’s Wood, 27 September 2023

above: Fluted Bird’s Nest (Cyathus striatus) © Helena Crouch Leaders: Alan Rayner and Helena Crouch Fourteen members assembled at the entrance to Lord’s Wood, just south of Pensford, for an eagerly anticipated fungal foray. Lord’s Wood is located on the Pennant...

Langford Lakes and Bratton Camp, 21 August 2023

Leader Tom Rogers Ten members plus two guests joined the leader at Langford Lakes. The weather was dry & warm with bright sunshine. On arriving in the village I was met by a single Red Legged Partridge walking in the middle of the road. Then on entering the...
Newton St. Loe & Wilmington, 26 Aug 2023

Newton St. Loe & Wilmington, 26 Aug 2023

Leader Richard Bottle Six of us met at Newton St. Loe Parish Church for a walk through the lovely grounds of Newton Park, landscaped by Capability Brown and now the home of Bath Spa University. Our route took us along the Newton Park Lakes, through Melancholy Wood and...
Bushy Norwood, Claverton 6 August 2023

Bushy Norwood, Claverton 6 August 2023

Leader Lucy Starling Seven members joined me on a breezy morning with sunny intervals, threatening black rain clouds at times and below average temperatures. Our route took us into Bushy Norwood NT flower meadow and pasture, the footpath along the edge of the golf...
East Woodlands, 19 July 2023

East Woodlands, 19 July 2023

above: Juvenile Great spotted woodpecker © Andrew Harrison Leaders Jenny Vickers and Alvan White A group of twelve met on a lovely morning by the delightful Woodlands St Katharine Church, set in some wonderful countryside between Frome and Longleat. It was built in...

Bradford on Avon, 4 July 2023

Leader Felicity Gilmour  Bath Nats members joined the leader outside Bradford on Avon’s station defying the dire weather forecast. Before we could depart however, we were soundly reprimanded for loitering by both the coffee van lady and the taxi cab lady – what...

Carr’s Woodland, 4 June 2023

Leader: Alvan White Ten members gathered on a warm day with wall to wall sunshine. My appreciation is especially given for the expertise provided by Rob Randall (RR), Mike Williams (MW), and Alan Feest, although, as usual, all members contributed to the finds and...
American Museum Public Moth Event, 7 May 2023

American Museum Public Moth Event, 7 May 2023

above: Pine Beauty at American Museum © Phillip Delve Leader Phillip Delve On Saturday afternoon, we set two light traps on the east side of the American Museum, Claverton, and left  them running overnight. The Robinson traps were fitted with mercury vapour lamps...

Lansdown and Battlefields, 5 April 2023

Leader: Glen Maddison 10 of us, including the leader, met at the Lansdown P&R on a miserable wet and grey early spring morning hoping for some migrant birds and maybe a few early emerging butterflies. The latter was most definitely out, especially as the temps...

Lower Moor Farm, near Oaksey, 26 April 2023

Leaders: Felicity Gilmour, Geoff Hiscocks, Rob Randall Nine members assembled at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust car park at Lower Moor Farm on a dull but dry day to explore the many fascinating features of Clattinger Farm, with its traditionally managed meadows, and the...

Go Slow Bath City Stroll, Sunday 8 January 2023

Leader: Lucy Starling Five members joined me by Pulteney Weir at 10am and we had not long set off along the riverside footpath when our first sighting flew low over the river, a Cormorant. Our first stop was opposite St John’s church where we only waited for about 5...
Ham Wall, Wednesday 7 December 2022

Ham Wall, Wednesday 7 December 2022

Above: Snipe at Ham Wall © Richard Bottle Leaders Tom Rogers and Glen Maddison Five members plus two guests joined the leaders on the Somerset Levels at Ham Wall. The weather was very cold with bright sunshine which highlighted the plumage of the birds. It was decided...

Moth Study Group Activity for 2022

Following 2020 when no Group trapping was possible because of covid and it was only possible to have five traps from June onwards in 2021, we appreciated being able to conduct a full programme of nine traps in 2022. The trapping is conducted at various venues, usually...

Shearwater, 5 October 2022

Leader: Alvan White Ten people attended for what was meant to be an across-the-board meeting. However the weather turned out to be atrocious,  with rain sheeting across the lake. The lake and surrounding woodland does have great potential for birds. However most...
East Harptree Woods,  28 September 2022

East Harptree Woods, 28 September 2022

Leaders: Alan Rayner and Helena Crouch On a fine autumn day, 15 members assembled for one of Alan’s popular fungal forays. Our venue, East Harptree Woods, is a Forestry England conifer plantation on the site of former lead mining activity. Smitham Chimney still...
Chilcombe Bottom near Batheaston, 16 August 2022

Chilcombe Bottom near Batheaston, 16 August 2022

Above: Bullrushes © John Rawles Leaders: Clare Herbert and John Rawles 13 members joined the leaders at Eagle House, Northend, braving thunderstorms threatened after the recent heatwave. As it transpired, we only had to suffer occasional gentle showers, which were...
Newton St. Loe & Wilmington, 16 July 2022

Newton St. Loe & Wilmington, 16 July 2022

Leader Richard Bottle Seven of us met on a sunny and very warm day at Newton St. Loe Parish Church for a walk through the lovely grounds of Newton Park, now the home of Bath Spa University. Our route took us along the Newton Park Lakes, through Melancholy Wood and up...

Avon Valley, Saltford, 26 June 2022

Leader Chris Vines Nine members of the Society met for this gentle stroll along the north bank of the River Avon from Saltford to Kelston Mills, aimed primarily at seeing insects and dragonflies in particular. Unfortunately, early sunshine was quickly replaced by...
Little Solsbury Hill, Sunday 19 June 2022

Little Solsbury Hill, Sunday 19 June 2022

 Leader : Helena Crouch Nine members awaited the leader on a fine afternoon, busily spotting insects and interesting plants on the verges of the layby by the A46. There are fine displays of Pyramidal Orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis) and Common Spotted Orchids...
Cinderford Linear Park, 8 June 2022

Cinderford Linear Park, 8 June 2022

Tree Pipit at Cinderford Linear Park © Philip Delve Leader: Philip Delve Cinderford Linear Park follows the north south line of overgrown 19th century rail and mining works, just west of Cinderford in the Forest of Dean. The mix of soil and vegetation, make this both...
Lam Brook Valley near Bath, Saturday 21 May 2022

Lam Brook Valley near Bath, Saturday 21 May 2022

Leader: Roy Mitchell On a lightly overcast, mild morning which became warm and sunny, I was joined by nine members for a walk from Upper Swainswick exploring part of this lovely valley near Bath. 18th century maps show the valley has remained largely unchanged for...