Talk by Fred Rumsey: Parasitic plants

BRLSI - Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, Somerset

Fred Rumsey was for over 20 years the British plant specialist at the Natural History Museum. He has recently co-authored a BSBI handbook on the Broomrapes of Britain and Ireland, following the earlier publication of one on Eyebrights. In this talk he will look at parasitic plants from around the world, those we can find […]

£2 – £4

Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath

Ham Wall RSPB Reserve Meare, Ashcott,, Glastonbury, Somerset

Leader: Lucy Starling Meet: 10:00 Ham Wall RSPB car park. Gr ST 449396. Landranger Map 182/Explorer 141. Free parking for RSPB members. Non-members £2.00. Finish: approx 15:00 - optional extension until dusk for starling roost, weather permitting. Focus: Raptors, wildfowl, herons and egrets including bittern. Possible bearded reedling and whooper swan. Description: Level walking along […]

In The Footsteps of Monks, A Botanical Study at Friary


Booking  essential via contact details in the members’ Autumn-Winter 2021 newsletter Leader: Helena Crouch and  Penny Williamson Start: 11:00 just within Friary, to the right of the cattle grid, where you will see a sign,’ Car Park’. Gr ST 788591 Landranger 172/Explorer 142. Friary is reached via Friary Wood Lane, a narrow steep road leading down […]

Talk by Chris Jones: Introducing Beavers – the pros and cons

BRLSI - Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, Somerset

Chris is the Restoration Director of the Beaver Trust. The talk will include the biology of Eurasian beavers, and their status internationally. It will focus particularly on introductions in the UK discussing successes and problems. Doors open 7.00pm £2 members  £4 guests

£2 – £4

Spring Wildlife, Box

Box, Selwyn Hall Valens Lane, Box, Wiltshire

Leader: Terry Doman Meet: 10.00 in the public car park behind Selwyn Hall, Valens Lane off the A4. Gr ST 823686. Landranger 173/Explorer 156. Finish: 13.00. Focus: Winter wildlife in and around the By Brook and surrounding hillside grassland and woodland, plus a geological visit to the Box Rock Circus. Dipper, grey wagtail and possible […]

Greyfield Wood & Stephens Vale, High Littleton

High Littleton

Leaders: Marion And Alan Rayner (07704 333267). Meet: 10:30 along Greyfield Road. Gr ST 641586 Landranger 172/Explorer 142. Finish: 14:30. Focus: Early spring wildlife, including woodland birds, flowers, ferns, fungi, lichens, mosses and liverworts. Description:  A slow walk through this beautiful and richly diverse woodland habitat, with unusual underlying geology. Some slopes and a waterfall. Stout footwear is […]

Spring Flowers of Combe Hay

Odd Down

Leader: Rob RandalL Meet: 10:00 at Gr ST 734616, where Combe Hay Lane is crossed by Sulis Manor Road, near Odd Down Park & Ride. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Finish: 12:30. Focus: General interest walk with a focus on spring flowers. Description: Odd Down to Combe Hay and back via un-metalled tracks and local roads, about […]

Spring in the Ancient Woodlands of Englishcombe

Odd Down

Leader: Alan Feest Meet: 10.00 Entrance to Odd Down Park & Ride Car Park. Gr ST 733616. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Finish: 12:30. Focus: Spring flora in ancient woodland. Description: We will visit Duchy-owned woodland in Englishcombe Parish to note the signs of Spring, especially the ground flora typical of these traditional oak-hazel woodlands, which are still […]

Westhay Moor

Westhay Moor, Somerset GR ST456437, Somerset

Leader: David Goode Meet: 10:30 Westhay Moor Car Park Gr ST 456437 Landranger 182/Explorer 141. Finish: 15:00 approx. Focus: Bog ecology, sphagnum mosses, wetland birds, early migrants. Description: A walk along paths and boardwalk within the Nature Reserve. Bring sandwiches, wet weather gear and wellingtons.

Langford Lakes and Battlesbury Hill


Leader: Phillip Delve Meet: 10.00 Langford Lakes WWT Reserve Car Park. Gr SU 038369. Landranger 184/Explorer 130. Directions: This is a two-centre meeting, beginning at Langford Lakes, followed by Battlesbury Hill near Warminster on the return journey. Langford Lakes: Follow the A36 south, past the A303 junction and turn right for Steeple Langford. Turn right […]

Elan Valley coach trip with RSPB

Elan Valley, Wales

Leader: Dave Newman Meet: 08.00 Coach leaves Riverside, Avon Street and returns about 18:00. Focus: Summer migrants, pied flycatcher, moorland birds. We will not revisit the Red Kite feeding station at Gigrin Farm, but plenty of kites will be seen in the area. Description: Joint BNHS/RSPB meeting. Booking and prepayment essential, see booking form which will be sent to […]