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September 2019

Dan Merrett – ‘The Bathscape Project’

3rd September 2019 @ 7:00 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN

Following a successful development phase aided by Bathnats members, the Bathscape Landscape Partnership scheme has been awarded 5 years funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work on a suite of 25 natural heritage and people-based projects. Amongst the projects, the scheme is keen to encourage more surveying and better management of habitats in and around the city, particularly grasslands and woodland, as well as inspiring more people to become involved. Bathscape Manager Dan Merrett will discuss the scheme’s works…

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Bathscape Walking Festival

14th September 2019 @ 10:00 am - 22nd September 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Odd Down playing field car park, Chelwood Drive
Bath, BA2 2PR United Kingdom
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The third Bathscape Walking Festival features guided walks of different lengths exploring Bath's green spaces and surrounding countryside. Most walks have a heritage and/or wildlife theme, aimed at a general audience. Amongst those planned is a visit to The Tumps, led by Alan and Marion Rayner from 10.00 – 13.00 on Thursday 19th September for up to twenty people, starting from Odd Down playing field car park, Chelwood Drive, off Bloomfield Road GR ST737625 Landranger 172/Explorer 155

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November 2019

The Bath Swifts Survey: David Robertson and Stewart Owen

5th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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David and Stewart will not only talk about current progress with the RSPB survey of swifts breeding in Bath, but will also provide insights into the strange life history and habits of this remarkable species. Positive action to increase the number of nest sites by providing artificial nest boxes will be discussed, along with efforts to influence local planning policies to encourage swifts in new buildings. Doors open at 7 pm

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Twig Life workshop: Alan Rayner and Rob Randall

13th November 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Attached and fallen twigs and small branches of trees are mini-ecosystems in themselves. They support fascinating communities of small plants, animals, fungi and lichens, which contribute in varied and sometimes surprising ways to the life and times of the trees and woodlands they inhabit. Autumn is a good time of year in which to familiarise ourselves with these communities. During this workshop Alan and Rob will show how to find and identify some of the organisms involved. You are also…

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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

The Purple Emperor: Matthew Oates

2nd December 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Matthew is one of our best known butterfly experts in the UK. Having worked with the National Trust for many years he is now writing a definitive work on perhaps our most dramatic butterfly, the Purple Emperor. What is its current status? Will the wilding project at Knepp provide the basis for future conservation policies? We are in for a treat. Doors open at 7 pm

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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

AGM 2020

January 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 2pm on Saturday 4th January in the Elwyn Room at BRLSI, Queen Square. The business meeting will commence at 2.15pm and will be followed by an illustrated talk on Wildlife Photography by Josh Harris. There will be a raffle,. We will also have a bring-and-buy stall.  There will be an opportunity for members to bring natural history specimens for a show and tell. And of course we all look forward to the…

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New Year City Walk: Lyncombe Vale and Perrymead

January 5 @ 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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Bog Life workshop: David Goode

January 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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The living skin of an actively growing bog is composed of a variety of bog mosses (Sphagnum species) each of which grows in a specific micro-habitat. You will learn how to recognise some of the commonest species of bog moss by their colour, structure and microscopic features. Examples will be available for examination by hand lens, or binocular microscope (provided). Bring a x20 lens if you have one. We shall also see some of the many life-forms that inhabit Sphagnum…

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Kelston area, near Bath

January 25 @ 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

Urban Peregrines: Ed Drewitt

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Ed Drewitt is a professional naturalist who has been studying urban peregrines for over 20 years. He will provide an update on colonization of towns and cities together with details of adaptive behaviour that allows these birds to prosper in the urban environment. He is author of “Urban Peregrines” published in 2014, in which he drew heavily on his research on Peregrine Falcons in Bath. Doors open at 7 pm

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POSTPONED Vallis Vale, Great Elm, Somerset

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Originally scheduled for Sunday 9 February.  Now re-scheduled to Sunday 8 March 2020 same time and place

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Blashford, Bath Nats/RSPB coach trip

February 22 @ 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

The Cultural Ecology of Meadows: George Peterken

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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George Peterken is one of our most respected ecologists in the UK. He was for many years Head of Woodland Ecology with the Nature Conservancy Council, and after retirement turned his attention to Meadows, publishing a book by that name in 2013. He has a wealth of knowledge on the cultural history and ecology of meadows which he will impart through some beautiful images. Doors open at 7 pm

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Vallis Vale, Great Elm, Somerset

March 8 @ 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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Bird Song Identification workshop: Lucy Delve

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
United Reformed Church, Grove St entrance
Bath, Somerset BA2 4BA
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Lucy is well known to many of our members for her advanced skill in listening out for and identifying bird calls and songs. In this workshop she will help us to develop this skill for ourselves, which can so much add to our enjoyment of the outdoors and enhance our wildlife recording activities. Please bring notebook and pen along with the field guide (if any) that you use for bird identification.

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Greyfield Wood, High Littleton, Somerset

March 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Greyfield Wood, 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

March 28 @ 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: Evolution of Birds and Flight: Dr Dan Field

April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Dr Dan Field is a University Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Birds are the most diverse group of terrestrial vertebrate animals, boasting nearly 11,000 living species. But how did this awe inspiring diversity arise? Dan will discuss recent advances in our understanding of how, where, and when birds arose, and will show how high resolution 3D imaging is changing our understanding of when key avian features, like the toothless beak, came to be.…

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CANCELLED because of Coronavirus: Westhay Moor, Somerset

April 16 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Westhay Moor, 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

April 25 @ 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

April 29 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Entrance to Bath Abbey Cemetery 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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