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November 2019

Royal Victoria Park, Bath

17th November 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Botanic Gardens, Bath

Leaders: Rob Randall and Alan Rayner Meet: 13.30 Outside entrance to Botanic Gardens GR ST 739655 Landranger 172/Explorer 155 Finish: 15.30 Focus: Autumn wildlife, with special attention to inhabitants of attached and fallen twigs. Description: A slow, level, walk in the park, up to 1 km, taking time to study specimens closely, starting in the Botanic Gardens and branching out from there.

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Keyhaven, coach trip

30th November 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Riverside, Avon Street, Avon Street
Bath, BA1 1UE United Kingdom

Leaders: Tom Pinckheard with Tom Rogers Coach: Leaves Riverside, Avon Street at 08.00, returns about 18.00. Focus: Autumn passage waders Description: Joint Bath Nats/RSPB meeting. Booking and prepayment essential, see booking form for pick up times.

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December 2019

Chew Valley Lake

8th December 2019 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Chew Valley Lake BS40 6HB

Leader: TERRY DOMAN Meet: 10.30 Herriot’s Bridge on A368 south of Bishop Sutton, for initial 1 h bird-watch. GR ST 571581 Landranger 172/Explorer 141. Then, for lunchtime, at ‘Salt & Malt’ cafe car park GR ST 573614, to be followed by lake-side walk along Grebe and Bittern trails. Car parking fee of £2 may apply. Book ahead for lunch at Salt & Malt cafe if desired. Finish: 15.30 Focus: Birds and general interest. Description: Slow, level walking, up to 4…

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Corsham Park, Wilts

18th December 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Corsham Park

Meet: 10.00 am, in free car park (1.9 m height restriction) provided off south side of Lacock Road. GR ST880702. Landranger 173/ Explorer156. First Bus Service No’s 231 or 232 to Chippenham stop at Corsham town centre. Finish: 13.00 Focus: Parkland birds and other wildlife in winter. Description: A gentle walk around the park where we will be viewing birds and other wildlife in trees, grassland and on and around the lake. The park is well maintained but there will…

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January 2020

New Year City Walk: Lyncombe Vale and Perrymead

5th January 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lyncombe Vale and Perrymead Bath, United Kingdom

Leader: David Goode Meet: 10.00 am outside Prior Park Garden Centre (NB do not park in the car park) GR ST756640 Landranger 172/Explorer 155 Finish: 13.00 at the Garden Centre Focus: Winter birds and other wildlife Description: A gentle walk along public paths, with one moderate climb. No stiles.

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Kelston area, near Bath

25th January 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Bath Soft Cheese Company Park Farm car park BA1 9AG + Google Map

Leaders: Andrew and Jane Daw Meet: 10.30 am Bath Soft Cheese Company Park Farm car park BA1 9AG, GR ST698673 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Coming from Bath, the turning is on the left just as you are leaving Kelston Finish: 13.00 Focus: General interest Description: A winter walk around the Kelston area and alongside the River Avon. The path may be quite muddy, so please wear appropriate footwear. There is a nice cafe where we can have refreshments before/after the walk.

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February 2020

Blashford, Bath Nats/RSPB coach trip

22nd February 2020 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Riverside, Avon Street, Avon Street
Bath, BA1 1UE United Kingdom
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Leader: Lucy Delve Coach: Leaves Riverside, Avon Street at 08.00, returns about 18.00. Focus: Woodland birds and winter migrants Description: Joint Bath Nats/RSPB meeting. Booking and prepayment essential, see Blashford booking form for pick up times.

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March 2020

Vallis Vale, Great Elm, Somerset

8th March 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Vallis Vale, Great Elm Somerset

This event was originally scheduled for Sunday 9 February but was postponed to Sunday 8 March 2020 Leader: Helena Crouch Meet: 13.30 in car park at south end of site, in Elm Lane GR ST 757485 Landranger 172/Explorer 142 Finish: by 16.30 Focus: Geology, plants, birds and other wildlife of a picturesque wooded valley Description: Vallis Vale is a biological and geological SSSI, containing the famous De La Beche Unconformity. It is a typical wooded valley of East Mendip, with…

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Greyfield Wood, High Littleton, Somerset

17th March 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Greyfield Wood,, GR ST641587
High Littleton, Somerset

Leader: Tom Rogers Meet: 9.30 am at entrance adjacent to Greyfield Wood Farm GR ST 639584 Landranger 172/Explorer 142. Finish: 12.30 Focus: Woodland birds Description: A slow walk, about 2 km, around this diverse woodland habitat. Some slopes. Stout footwear is recommended.

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CANCELLED because of Coronavirus: Sherston, Wilts, along the infant River Avon

28th March 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sherston Post Office SN16 0LH, Sherston Post Office
High Street, Wilts SN16 0LH
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Leaders: Clare Herbert And John Rawles (with assistance from Lucy Delve) Meet: 10.00 am, outside Sherston Post Office SN16 0LH (in High St) GR ST853859 Landranger 173/ Explorer168. Public transport: Train or bus from Bath to Chippenham, Chippenham to Malmesbury Bus no 92, Malmesbury to Sherston Bus no 41 or 36. Finish: 13.00 Focus: Birds, flowers, and other wildlife in early spring Description: A gentle walk of up to 5 km along the infant river Avon. The path can be…

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April 2020

CANCELLED because of Coronavirus: Westhay Moor, Somerset

16th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Westhay Moor, Somerset, GR ST456437 Somerset BA5 1PT + Google Map

Leader: David Goode Meet: 10.30am 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.

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CANCELLED because of Coronavirus: Elan Valley, Coach Trip with RSPB

25th April 2020 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Riverside, Avon Street, Avon Street
Bath, BA1 1UE United Kingdom
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Coach: Leaves Riverside, Avon Street at 08.00, returns about 18.00. Focus: Summer migrants, Pied Flycatcher, moorland birds. We will not revisit the Red Kite feeding station at Gigrin Farm Description: Joint Bath Nats/RSPB meeting. Booking and prepayment essential, see booking form for pick up times.

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CANCELLED because of Coronavirus: Abbey Cemetery Early Bird Song Walk

29th April 2020 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Entrance to Bath Abbey Cemetery, Ralph Allen Drive, GR ST758638 Somerset BA2 5AJ + Google Map

Meet: 6.00 am at entrance to Bath Abbey Cemetery off Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, close to bus stop near Perrymead junction with Ralph Allen Drive. GR ST 758638 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Focus: Bird Song Description: We will walk around cemetery and listen to bird songs and calls, possibly walking along Church Lane and The Dell up to Prior Park Gardens bottom gate. Wear walking shoes. A follow-up to the bird song identification workshop on 11 March.

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January 2021

New Year City Walk: Bathwick Meadows And Smallcombe

January 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Riverside footpath opposite St John’s Church Bath,

Because of Covid-19 walks are for members only, are limited to 5 members plus the leader, and must be booked in advance with the leader whose contact details are in the newsletter and programme circulated to members in November 2020. Leader: DAVID GOODE Meet: 10:00 Riverside footpath opposite St John’s Church. By the Cricket Ground. GR ST753644 Landranger 172/Explorer 155 Finish: 12:30 – 13:00 Halfpenny Bridge Focus: Urban wildlife in winter. Winter thrushes, peregrine, buzzard, kingfisher, grey wagtail, possibly blackcap.…

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New Year Walk: Bathwick-Batheaston-Bathampton Circular

January 3 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Beckford Road Bath,

Because of Covid-19 walks are for members only, are limited to 5 members plus the leader, and must be booked in advance with the leader whose contact details are in the newsletter and programme circulated to members in November 2020. Leader: LUCY STARLING Start: NB new start time due to weather conditions:  12:30 on Beckford Road adjacent to canal towpath GR ST758654 Explorer 155. Bus stops on Beckford Road. Nearby on-street parking available. Finish: Approx 15:30 Focus: Birds – Kingfisher,…

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New Year Walk: Victoria Park And Surrounds

January 3 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Victoria Park Bath,

Because of Covid-19 walks are for members only, are limited to 5 members plus the leader, and must be booked in advance with the leader whose contact details are in the newsletter and programme circulated to members in November 2020. Leaders: ROB RANDALL and HELENA CROUCH Meet: 13:30 In Victoria Park, by the chicane on the N part of the inner perimeter road, near the NE corner of the Botanic Gardens. GR ST739655 Landranger 172/Explorer 155 Finish: 3.30-4pm. Victoria Park…

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POSTPONED because of Covid-19 restrictions: Avebury And Barbery Castle Near Swindon

January 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Car park off A4361 Swindon,

POSTPONED because of Covid-19 restrictions Because of Covid-19 walks are for members only, are limited to 5 members plus the leader, and must be booked in advance with the leader whose contact details are in the newsletter and programme circulated to members in November 2020. With two leaders there is room for 10 members, five with each leader NB while Barbery Castle remains in Tier 4 the field trip will not include this part of the itinerary. Leaders: Lucy Starling…

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February 2021

POSTPONED because of Covid-19 restrictions: Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, Meare, Ashcott,
Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX
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POSTPONED because of Covid-19 restrictions Because of Covid-19 walks are for members only, are limited to 5 members plus the leader, and must be booked in advance with the leader whose contact details are in the newsletter and programme circulated to members in November 2020. NB If Ham Wall remains off limits in Tier 4 the leader will advise an alternative destination to those who book. Leader: Lucy Starling Meet: 10:00 Ham Wall RSPB car park. Landranger Map 182 GR…

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POSTPONED because of Covid-19 restrictions: Early Spring Wildlife At Friary

February 6 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friary, GR ST788591 Somerset

POSTPONED because of Covid-19 restrictions: Because of Covid-19 walks are for members only, are limited to 5 members plus the leader, and must be booked in advance with the leader whose contact details are in the newsletter and programme circulated to members in November 2020. 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,’ Welcome to Park’ GR ST788591 Landranger 172/Explorer 142. Friary is reached…

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