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...

Spring Wildlife, Box, Sunday 6 March 2022

Leader: Terry Doman Nine members joined the leader in the Box Selwyn Hall car park on a cold but bright spring Sunday morning. A safety brief was given before we proceeded to the adjacent ‘Rock Circus’. This is a circle of stones from various parts of this country,...
Shapwick and Ham Wall, Saturday 5 February 2022

Shapwick and Ham Wall, Saturday 5 February 2022

Leader: Lucy Starling I was joined by 13 members on a bright and breezy morning for 5 hours of birding in this wonderful wetland habitat. The 2 hours or so before lunch were spent on the Shapwick NNR and we saw and heard a good variety of species, the first notable...

Parasitic Plants, Tuesday 1 February

Speaker: Fred Rumsey Fred Rumsey began his excellent talk by ‘wowing us’ with a few photos of extraordinary and diverse kinds of parasitic plant before defining their essential features. First, they derive their nutrition from a host, with varying amounts of...
New Year Walk in Widcombe, Sunday 2 January

New Year Walk in Widcombe, Sunday 2 January

Leaders: David Goode and Helena Crouch It was a fine morning and even better when the sun came out as 18 members gathered on the Riverside Path opposite St John’s Church. After welcoming everyone David explained that the Hawk and Owl Trust had erected a nest box on...

Kingsdown, 15 December 2021

Leader Glen MaddisonOn a dull, grey, though fairly mild winter morning, I was pleasantly surprised to be joined by ten others at the Swan pub in Kingsdown. Once we’d sorted our route, I led the group up towards the golf-course, where we were to check out the fields...
Mere Down And Whitesheet Hill, 28 November 2021

Mere Down And Whitesheet Hill, 28 November 2021

Leader: Lucy Starling Ten members joined me on a gloriously sunny but chilly morning for a slow birding stroll along the track from the B3095, which incorporates Whitesheet Hill (NT), and continues to the B3092 and Stourhead estate. From the top of Whitesheet Hill,...

Trees as Micro-habitats, 14 November 2021

Leader: Rob Randall Eleven members attended this meeting to look not so match at individual species but at the kinds of habitat that are provided by tree trunks, branches and twigs. Plants, fungi and lichens that grow on other plants (usually trees and shrubs) are...
Fungus Day at Friary, 27 October 2021

Fungus Day at Friary, 27 October 2021

Pictured above: Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa) © Helena Crouch Leader Alan Rayner Seventeen Bath Nats members gathered outside the classroom at Friary on a cloudy but dry, rather breezy morning, to be treated to coffee and cake served by hosts Penny and Richard...
Bathscape and a Landscape City, 16 October 2021

Bathscape and a Landscape City, 16 October 2021

Leader: Dan Merret On the 19th October 14 Bath Nats members and Bathscape Project Manager Dan Merrett met on Twerton High St and headed off in the direction of Bath City Farm. We were met at Innox Park by Bath Nats member and Bathscape advisor Mike Williams who showed...
Fungal Foray at Stockhill, 29 September 2021

Fungal Foray at Stockhill, 29 September 2021

Photograph above: Conifer Blueing Bracket (Postia caesia) © Helena Crouch Leaders Alan Rayner & Helena Crouch Four members met on a sunny but chilly autumn morning following a long warm dry spell ended by heavy rain in the 2-3 days previously. We were anxious...

Broadmoor to North Stoke, 12 September 2021

Leader: Rob Randall Three members joined the leader for a scenic walk with panoramic views taking in Cley Hill and Longleat, the Mendip Hills, Avon Gorge and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales, although there was too much haze  for the Brecon Beacons to be made...

Around Mells & Great Elm, 21 August 2021

Leader Tom Rogers The day began with persistent rain as six NATS members joined the leader on a walk of approximately 5 miles. We started walking back along the road towards Great Elm. After about 150 yds we left the road & entered the Wadbury valley to walk...
Slimbridge WWT Reserve, 25 August 2021

Slimbridge WWT Reserve, 25 August 2021

Leader David Goode Fourteen members and friends gathered in the car park at the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre on a rather overcast morning, where we were welcomed by the incessant note of a migrant chiffchaff and the distant call of a greenshank . We made our way...
Eastwood Farm LNR, Brislington, 22 July 2021

Eastwood Farm LNR, Brislington, 22 July 2021

Above: Greater Dodder (Cuscuta europaea) © David Hall Leader: Helena CrouchOn a scorching hot day, nine members met in a residential road near a large industrial estate at the edge of Bristol, to explore Eastwood Farm Local Nature Reserve. The reserve, a former dairy...

Bradford-on-Avon, 15 July 2021

Leader Felicity Gilmour A day that had started bright and sunny turned overcast by the time 12 Nats members met at Bradford-on-Avon station. This had the fortunate advantage of bringing the Swifts down low, and screaming parties soared above us as we started our walk...
Black Dog Wood, 6 July 2021

Black Dog Wood, 6 July 2021

Leader Phillip Delve Black Dog is an extensive woodland, between Westbury and Frome, owned by the Longleat Estate and bisected by the A36 dual carriageway. From Black Dog Farm, where we left half our cars, 15 of us, sharing lifts in the other cars, transferred 400m...

Twerton Roundhill LNR,16 June 2021

Leader: Glen Maddison. Finally, after what seemed like months of cold, great, breezy conditions, the weather finally changed, and we were treated to a lovely, very warm though slightly breezy day. I met 6 others, at the base of Roundhill, and proceeded up the...
Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, Saturday 5 June 2021

Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, Saturday 5 June 2021

Leader: Lucy Starling This was advertised to members in early May as an additional meeting following the rescheduling of my Ham Wall Bird Song field workshop (2) from Saturday 8 May to Friday 7 May due to adverse weather forecast for that weekend. As Carole C and I...
Back to Nature by David Goode

Back to Nature by David Goode

BathNats President David Goode wrote a guest column in the June 2021 issue of Bath Magazine in which he looks back at our modern-day connection with the environment, assesses how nature in recent years has become more centre stage, and explains why this is meaningful...

Avoncliff Wood 5 May 2021

Leaders: David Goode and Joe Middleton (Woodland Trust) We were still restricted to a group of six when we met on the canal aqueduct on a fine sunny morning, where we were joined by Joe Middleton of the Woodland Trust and James Crawford, the voluntary warden for the...

Footage of otter in central Bath

Otters are known to be active on the River Avon but they are very hard to spot. Night time footage of otter activity was captured in 2020 at Cleveland Bridge, Bath by a member of Camden Residents Association, to whom Bath Natural History owes thanks. Click here to...
St Catherine’s Brook  30 March 2021

St Catherine’s Brook 30 March 2021

Having had to postpone this walk from last year due to Covid, this year we were rewarded with excellent weather – bright, but initially chilly. Covid rules limited our party to a maximum of 6, and 5 of us gathered at Eagle House, Northend at 10am, for a walk along St...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for March 2021

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for March 2021

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them. Lucy Starling...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for January & February

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for January & February

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them.   Lucy Starling...

Exploratory Bath city walk: 2 January 2021

This walk was done in preparation for the New Year City Walk the following day. I started on the riverside path opposite St John’s Church. Two peregrine falcons were sitting on the church, the tiercel on top of one of the small towers, and the female well hidden by...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for December 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for December 2020

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them.  Photo above  by Lucy...