80th Anniversary Exhibition at BRLSI (closed Sundays)

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

Bath Natural History Society turns 80! Pop in to BRLSI to see the exhibition and meet our helpful volunteers. 80th Anniversary Exhibition at BRLSI,  Queen Square, Bath from 7 to 25 October 2021 Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. The Bath Nats have been recording the variety of wildlife found in the city and its […]

Friary Fungus Day


Leader: Alan Rayner Hosts: Penny and Richard Williamson Meet: 11.00 just within Friary, to the right of the cattle grid, where you will see a sign,’ Welcome to Park’, Gr ST 788591 Landranger 172/Explorer 142. Friary is reached via Friary Wood Lane, a narrow steep road leading down from the A36. Finish: 15.30. Focus: Grassland […]

Zoom-only Talk by Mathew Frith: Urban nature; are we at a tipping point for the wild and our wellbeing?

Mathew has a particular interest in the relationship between nature and society in towns and cities. He has 30 years’ experience of land management policy and practice in nature conservation and has worked with various organisations to develop and promote better understanding of biodiversity conservation in urban areas, whether it’s in private gardens, parks, housing […]

Trees as micro-habitats

Royal Victoria Park Bath,

Leader: Rob RandalL Meet: 10:00 at Gr ST742653, Royal Victoria Park, Bath at the top end of Cow Lane, running from Marlborough Lane to the edge of the park. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Finish: 11:30. Focus: Tree trunks as micro-habitats. Description: We will examine a range of trees in the park to see which are most […]

Mere Down, Farmland Birds

Mere Down

Leader: Lucy Starling Meet: 9:30 off B3095 north of Mere Gr ST825345, car share, space for about 8 cars in lay-by. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Finish: Approx 13.00 with option to extend to explore around Stourhead and look for tree sparrows. Focus: Raptors and farmland birds, including red kite and corn bunting. Description: Linear walk, mainly […]

Poole Harbour joint visit with RSPB

Poole Harbour

Leader: David Newman (Booking and prepayment essential via contact details in the members' Autumn-Winter 2021 newsletter. Coach: Trip will start at 7.30 approx with pick up in Bath (location to be advised). Focus: Will be on winter migrants and wildfowl. Description: Joint BNHS/RSPB trip. We will have a 3-hour cruise around the harbour with local expert […]

Talk by Stephen Parker: Wilding

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

Stephen has recently retired from Natural England after working on the Somerset Levels for over 25 years. His main interest is field botany. He is the BSBI recorder for South Somerset. His interest in rewilding and reintroductions dates back to time spent in the Netherlands where he visited a range of sites undergoing Wilding. Doors […]

£2 – £4

Lichens – Weston Church Yard

Weston churchyard Church RdWeston, Bath,

Leader: Rob Randall Meet: 11:00 at Gr ST 731662, entrance to churchyard on Church Road, Weston. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Finish: 12:30. Focus: Lichens on stonework. Description: As well as the local building stones, churchyards and cemeteries provide a variety of stones not found naturally in our area and as a result they can provide a […]

Kingsdown – Woodland and Farmland Birds

Swan Pub at Kingsdown

Leader: Glen Maddison Meet: 10.00 at the Swan Pub at Kingsdown just before Kingsdown Golf Club. Gr ST 812671. Landranger 173/Explorer 156. Please note that this is intended as a bus outing and bus 271 departs from Walcot Street at 18 minutes past the hour. Finish: 13.00. Focus: Winter farmland/woodland birds and other wildlife. The […]

New Year City Walk – River, Canal And Smallcombe Woods

Leader: David Goode Meet: 10.00 Riverside footpath opposite St John’s Church Gr ST 754646. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Finish: 13.00 Halfpenny Bridge (at the back of Bath Spa Railway Station) Focus: Urban wildlife in winter. Winter thrushes, peregrine, buzzard, kingfisher and winter heliotrope. Description: A leisurely walk of about 2 miles along footpaths with some steep […]

Riverside And Canal Towpath

Beckford Road Bath,

Leader: Lucy Starling Meet: 10:00am on Beckford Road Gr ST 754654. Landranger172/Explorer 155. Limited on street car parking locally. Finish: Approx 13:00. Focus: Kingfisher, grey heron, raven, winter thrushes, possibly meadow pipit and stonechat. Description: Bathwick to Bathampton via Batheaston Circular. Around 4.5 miles of mainly level walking on grass and hard surfaces with break […]

Avebury and Barbury Castle near Swindon

Avebury NT car park Avebury, Wiltshire

Leaders: Terry Doman and Glen Maddison Meet: 10:00 in National Trust car park sign-posted off A4361. Gr SU 099695 Landranger 173/Explorer 157. SATNAV SN8 1RD. Free parking for NT members. Finish: Approx 13:00 in Avebury or 16:45 Barbury Castle. Focus: Farmland/downland birds including tree sparrow, corn bunting and raptors including red kite. Possibility of short-eared […]

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 […]