Steway Lane to Bannerdown 14 April 2017

Steway Lane to Bannerdown 14 April 2017

Nice walk up Steway Lane to Bannerdown today, fairly quiet on the migrant front with a few swallows on the high ground along with this chiffchaff, nice Roe deer, nice to see the Coralroot (Cardamine bulbifera) at the top of Steway Lane in full flower. Steve...

Willow Warbler sighting 1 April 2017

On 1 April, while walking along the riverside looking across to trees in front of the Bath postal sorting office, not far from St John’s church, I heard a Willow Warbler in full song, and then saw three Willow Warblers feeding in the trees. This is the earliest Spring...
Gully Wood, 19 March 2017

Gully Wood, 19 March 2017

The day started with blustery winds and sideways drizzle but fortunately drier conditions prevailed by the time six Bath Nats members plus the owner of the wood, Judith Gradwell assembled in the wood. Judith was able to tell us about the past and present management of...

Lower Woods 12 November 2016

On a “soft“ day a select group of five braved the pot-holed track to Lower Woods. I outlined the recent history of this ancient woodland, which has been retrieved from dereliction to an active coppice area of 700 acres by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. We...

Churchill bridge otter sighting, 29 October 2016

Anonymous post Spotted an otter feeding between Churchill Bridge and the pedestrian bridge at the back of the bus station at 0945 on 29/10/16. It was totally unfazed by me watching. It was swimming between the two bridges coming up with a fish every few minutes and...

Greyfield Wood, 26 October 2016

Nine of us gathered for this meeting in overcast but otherwise bright, dry and calm conditions. We were in for something of a fungal treat, with over 50 species being recorded in the morning, including several notable finds in this mixed woodland with many sweet...
Chew Valley Lake 9 October 2016

Chew Valley Lake 9 October 2016

Redlead Roundheads and Water Rails   On a bright morning 13 of us gathered with the day’s intention to improve our knowledge of fungi in waterside habitats as well as enjoy the bird life of Chew Valley Lake. Our first impression was that the recent dry weather...

Folly Farm: 15 September 2016

An enthusiastic group of a dozen naturalists met at Folly Farm in glorious autumn weather, for a day spent studying a wide range of plants, fungi and lichens. We started by looking at lichens on Ash and Oak bark, Spangle Galls on Oak and the amazing pure white...
Friary Wood, 31 August 2016

Friary Wood, 31 August 2016

A Fine Day Out in Friary On the morning of Wednesday 31st August a group of around 24 members met at Friary, Hinton Charterhouse, by kind invitation of Penny Williamson. Penny has lived at Friary for about 5 years and has a keen interest in the conservation of the...
Hedgehog, 29 July 2016

Hedgehog, 29 July 2016

I saw this Hedgehog in my garden one evening this week. A neighbour said it was one of six he had in his garden earlier this year and he calls it/him/her Fred! Andrew...

Otter in Bath, 26 July 2016

On a visit to Bath today, 26th July, we were looking along the Avon at the railway bridge opposite Royal Mail , for the peregrines , and looking down into the shallows at numerous fish swimming amongst the discarded shopping trolleys . We then saw an otter eating a...
Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, 24th July 2016

Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, 24th July 2016

Good weather encouraged 26 members to meet at Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, for the Society’s first Field Outing there. It was particularly good to welcome 2 new members who we hope to welcome to more meetings in the not too distant...
Myxomycetes, 14 July 2016

Myxomycetes, 14 July 2016

This might be of interest to the members? The weather being warm and wet (summer!) it is also a good time to find myxomycetes (other than outside the Podium!). On my regular walk at Newton St Loe I have this week found two species of myxomycete fruiting on old very...
Scarlet Bonnet, Bathford, 26 June 2016

Scarlet Bonnet, Bathford, 26 June 2016

Judging by the number of fungal fruit bodies I have been finding popping up recently in local woods, fields and lawns, it’s almost as though autumn is already with us! Amongst these have been a very special and beautiful find, in Gully Wood, near Bathford. This is the...
Combe Hay, Bath, 13 June 2016

Combe Hay, Bath, 13 June 2016

 Leaders : Rod and Liz Thomas This meeting, a follow-up from April 2014, was attended by 12 members and one grandchild. Despite the ominous forecast the morning was dry and warm but overcast. We had a circular walk with a variety of habitats including shaded woodland...
Cottony Cushion Scale insect, 4 June 2016

Cottony Cushion Scale insect, 4 June 2016

Here are some shots taken by me of Cottony Cushion Scale insect (Icerya purchasi) on the trees outside back of M&S in Bath today. Marion Rayner  This scale infests twigs and branches. The mature hermaphrodite is oval in shape, reddish-brown with black hairs, 5 mm...
Slime moulds, 25 April 2016

Slime moulds, 25 April 2016

Three photographs of an extensive fruiting of a slime mould on the “shreddings” spread under some Alder trees outside Waitrose/Podium. From a distance it looks lke some ashy deposit on the compost, but closer observation shows they are massed sporangia...
Limpley Stoke and Freshford, 10 April 2016

Limpley Stoke and Freshford, 10 April 2016

  Natural Neighbourhood Watch in Limpley Stoke and Freshford A large turnout of about ten Bath Nats members and forty local residents gathered at St Mary’s Church for the start of this event under a mostly cloudy but dry sky. After a short introductory talk in...
River Chew Valley, Compton Dando, 2 April 2016

River Chew Valley, Compton Dando, 2 April 2016

Twenty members gathered for this first walk from Compton Dando towards Chewton Keynsham in the River Chew Valley. The route had had to be carefully chosen due to the very muddy under-foot conditions after so much winter rain. A singing Chiffchaff entertained us before...

North Wessex Downs, Wilts, 20 March 2016

Leader: Glen Maddison I was hoping for some good weather to be able to attract a good turnout of members, but was very disappointed to wake up to a cold, grey and breezy day. At least it wasn’t raining! Therefore, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find 17...
Hair-ice, 16 January 2016

Hair-ice, 16 January 2016

During a birding trip to the Forest of Dean on 16 January with Tom Rogers and Bill Bristow we (or rather Bill) found this strange fungus in a wood near Park End sprouting out of a slot in a short stick on the ground. It initially looked like a discarded paper...
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, 8 January 2016

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, 8 January 2016

Leader Phillip Delve As 10 of us assembled in the car park under blanket cloud, a flock of Siskins flew past us, which on landing in a distant tree were difficult to see against the light. Upon entry to the collection, we headed for Martin Smith Hide to view the “Tack...
Danks Down, nr Ford, Wilts, 9 December 2015

Danks Down, nr Ford, Wilts, 9 December 2015

Leader: Chris Woods 22 members met in a chilly car park in the hollow of Ford on a promising sunny morning, after the high winds of storm Desmond. Water Forget-me-not in flower was the first of several late flowering plants seen in the morning, as we started our walk...
Midger Wood, 7 November 2015

Midger Wood, 7 November 2015

A very wet and windy morning gave way to a drier, calmer afternoon just in time for the start of our meeting in this beautiful ancient woodland, but perhaps not in time to encourage any Bath Nats members to join me and Marion as we started out from the Quarry car park...
Dyrham Park Autumn Nature Day, 25 October, 2015

Dyrham Park Autumn Nature Day, 25 October, 2015

Following a wet, cloudy, Saturday, the weather for our 2015 Autumn Nature Day at Dyrham Park, simply could not have been better: brilliant sunshine and light breeze after a chilly start. So it was with some optimism that Marion and I arrived amidst wonderful autumn...

Wildlife around Bath, 4 October 2015

Barred Sallow (Tiliacea aurago), Combe Down, Bath 4-10-2015 Wingspan 27-32 mm. Mainly distributed in the south and south-east of England, it occurs locally as far north as northern England. It inhabits wooded valleys, downland and southern heaths, and flies in...

Wildlife around Bath 8 October 2015

Scalloped hazel (Odontopera bidentata) caterpillar Family: Geometridae A truly striking caterpillar, camouflaged against lichen that grows on trees on which it feeds. Caterpillars of this family are often known as ‘loopers’ due to the absence of legs in...
Dyrham Park Pear Perry weekend 3-4 October 2015

Dyrham Park Pear Perry weekend 3-4 October 2015

As a continuation of Bath Nats outreach work with Dyrham Park we took our display boards and orchard related specimens for this weekend event. The weather was dry and chilly, but a gazebo was provided that gave us a good base amongst the pear trees and other orchard...
Breach Wood , Englishcombe, 27 September 2015

Breach Wood , Englishcombe, 27 September 2015

Leader: Alan Feest A party of 18 met at the start of the visit (including a number of new members) and Alan F explained that Englishcombe Parish was lucky in that it had not only three Ancient Woods (Breach, Middle and Vernham Woods) and that Breach Wood was...
Wildlife around Bath 22 September 2015

Wildlife around Bath 22 September 2015

Field digger wasp (Mellinus arvensis) with prey © Ian Redding Family: Crabronidae A common digger wasp, typically associated with sandy habitats. This one was amongst several other species of diggers between woodland and pasture, around an old wood pile. The adult...
First record for Somerset 9 September 2015

First record for Somerset 9 September 2015

Metalampra italica 28.008 (BF642a) Female This moth was caught by one of our moth group members, by Paul Wilkins,  and is a first record for Somerset (VC6) Gen Det. First recorded in Britain in 2003, originally a native of Italy and spreading northwards. Feeds under...
Around Marshfield, 5 September 2015

Around Marshfield, 5 September 2015

A party of eleven members met in the layby west of Marshfield and proceeded then on minor roads and footpaths, northwards mainly, to observe birdlife. During the course of the three hours we were out we observed a total of twenty four species of bird. It was pleasing...
28 August 2015, Wildlife around Bath

28 August 2015, Wildlife around Bath

Entomophthora muscae (232/365) Family: Entomophthoraceae A hoverfly has become a food source for a fungus. Upon infection, the fungus causes behavioural changes in the host, leading to ascent of a blade of grass before death. This allows the spores to be broadcast...