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,...
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...
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...

Christmas suggestions

Anyone mourning the effect of Ash dieback on our landscape might want to add to their Christmas wish-list a copy of ‘Ash’, a newly published monograph on this endangered species by tree photographer and author Archie Miles., sponsored by The Woodland Trust and the...

BathNats Moth Group in lockdown

Paul Wilkins reports: Like everyone else the Moth Group has had to cancel their planned moth traps at various sites around the district so far this year, but despite not being able to meet up, this hasn’t stopped the group being just as active, thanks to modern...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for July 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for July 2020

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log for July 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.  And...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for June 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for June 2020

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log for June 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.  And...

International Dawn Chorus Day, 3 May 2020

David Goode took a recorder out early on 3 May The recording is about one hour long. There were five distinct phases that day . Robins blackbirds wrens and woodpigeons, with occasional croaks from a raven. Ends with the soft notes of a bullfinch Great tits, blackbirds...

Dawn Chorus, Lyncombe Hill, Bath, 7 April 2020

by BathNats President David Goode Tawny owls were calling when I opened the window at 5.45 this morning. It was dark but the dawn chorus had already started. Blackbirds and robins were the first songsters, soon joined by song thrushes and the strident voice of a wren....

Vallis Vale, Great Elm, Somerset, 8 March 2020

Leader: Helena Crouch Ten members joined the leader for the walk through Vallis Vale, a biological and geological SSSI, containing ancient woodland and the famous De La Beche Unconformity. After weeks of wet weather, the paths were very muddy but passable, and the...
Willsbridge Mill, 25 January 2020

Willsbridge Mill, 25 January 2020

Leaders: Andrew and Jane Daw A good number of people joined us at Willsbridge Mill for a field trip which had originally been planned for Kelston, the persistent rain having led to flooding around our original route. Willsbridge Mill Reserve, managed by the Avon...
Corsham Court Parkland, 18 December 2019

Corsham Court Parkland, 18 December 2019

Leader: Philip Delve Given the run of wet and windy days this month, those attending this meeting were blessed with reasonable conditions for our walk; for although we needed to wrap warm against a cool breeze the morning remained rain free. Having assembled at the...
Chew Valley Lake, 8 December 2019

Chew Valley Lake, 8 December 2019

Leader: Terry Doman Four members joined the leader for a day at Chew Valley Lake. We met at Herriot’s bridge on a cold and windy day with the threat of rain. The water levels were high due to the recent weeks of rain. There was the possibility of a rare American Green...
Harridge Woods, Somerset, 19 October 2019

Harridge Woods, Somerset, 19 October 2019

A dozen of us gathered for this meeting on what was to turn out to be a mostly dry, bright Autumn day with sunlight sifting down at times through the tree canopy to dapple the ground below. From the reserve entrance we made our way down to the petrifying stream marked...
Lansdown, Bath 9 October 2019

Lansdown, Bath 9 October 2019

Leaders: Alice and John Nissen Ten of us met on what threatened to be a hopelessly wet day at the golf course carpark (with permission) on Lansdown. We decided to shorten our route, leaving out the planned start which had been to skirt Weston Wood and dip down into...
Greyfield Wood 25 September 2019

Greyfield Wood 25 September 2019

A group of thirteen of us gathered for this meeting on a day that was to prove to be mostly dry, mild and dappled with sunshine. And, as on previous visits, we had a fungal treat in store for us despite the long dry spell that had preceded the meeting. We started with...

Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall 28 August 2019

Leader Lucy Delve Ten members and one non-member joined me at 10am in Ham Wall RSPB car park and we promptly headed towards Noah’s Hide, Shapwick Heath where the adult Osprey was located, for, possibly, the 11th or 12th consecutive year. It is commonly referred to as...