• Bath Natural History Society
  • Bath Natural History Society
  • Bath Natural History Society
  • Bath Natural History Society

 

EmailBATH NATURAL
HISTORY SOCIETY

Email: Bath NATS

 

 

Bath Natural History Society

Field Trips

As described in our field trip arrangements document, there are usually two or more field trips to various local sites every month. Sometimes it is necessary to cancel a field meeting at short notice. Please check status of imminent field trips at our News Site before setting out.

If you would like to see and read about some of our past trips check the archive

 

Sunday 14th October: CASTLE COMBE, Wilts

Leaders: CHRIS PHILLIPS and ELISABETH ALLEN
Meet: 10.00 at Castle Combe Car Park above the village: GR ST845776 Landranger 173/Explorer 156, Postcode SN14 7HH
Finish: Approx 12.30
Focus: A meeting to see how everything has coped after the long hot summer; resident birds; possible fungi.
Description: A walk of approximately 3½ miles in the environs of the village, hilly in places, and muddy after rain.

Thursday 25th October: STOURHEAD, Somerset

Leader: FELICITY GILMOUR
Meet: 10.30 Outside reception building adjacent to Stourhead main NT car park. GR ST 778340 Landranger 183/Explorer 142
Finish: approx. 13.00
Focus: Autumn wildlife and general interest, including changing tree colours.
Description: A walk of 2-3 miles round part of the Stourhead estate including farmland and woodland habitats. May be muddy in parts so boots recommended. Please bring NT membership cards if you have them.

Wednesday 31st October: FRIARY FUNGUS DAY

Leader: ALAN RAYNER
Hosts: PENNY AND RICHARD WILLIAMSON
Meet: 11.00am 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 a narrow steep road down through Friary woods from the A36.
Finish: 15.30
Focus: Grassland & woodland fungi. There will be a display of fungi collected beforehand both morning and afternoon excursions into the woods and meadows around Friary. Stout footwear advised. Shelter and toilet facilities are available on-site. A light luncheon will be provided at around 12.45pm. Please contact the hosts in advance if you would like to partake of this, and if you are a vegetarian.
Informative website: http//www.riverhousebath.com

Thursday 15th November: WILDLIFE RECORDING IN THE GROUNDS OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Claverton Down, Bath

Leaders: MARION AND ALAN RAYNER
Meet: 10.00 in the main public car park of the American Museum. GR ST 782640 Landranger 172/Explorer 155.
Finish: 15.00
Focus: Wildlife recording
Description: The American Museum owns and manages extensive private grounds including mature woodland, grassland, garden and ancient orchard. Bath Nats have been invited to explore and record the diverse resident wildlife within these grounds, with a view to providing information that will assist the development of future management plans. On this occasion we will be conducting a qualitative ‘walk-about’ survey to see what we can find and to identify any especially wildlife-rich areas. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear for possibly cold, wet conditions and uneven and sometimes sloping ground. We will be visiting ‘out of season’ and parking and admission to the grounds will be free of charge. Participants will be required to sign a risk assessment form before setting out.

Saturday 1st December: NEWPORT WETLANDS (RSPB) AND GOLDCLIFF

Leader: DAVID GOODE
Meet: 11am, RSPB Newport Wetland Visitor Centre, West Nash Road, Newport, NP18 2BZ (Explorer map 152: grid ref ST 342838). From M4 Junction 24 take the A455 to Newport Retail Park, then follow the ‘Brown Duck’ signs to the Reserve car park. 
Car sharing desirable. Car Park £3, free for RSPB members.
Finish: 3pm Goldcliff Grid Ref 375822
Focus: Wetland birds in winter, including ducks, geese, swans, and waders; also Cetti’s warbler, bearded tit, and possibly peregrine and harriers.
Description: Firm paths throughout, visiting hides and other viewing facilities. Stout shoes desirable. Bring packed lunch.

Sunday 9th December: GREYLAKE AND CATCOTT RESERVES, Somerset Levels

Leader: LUCY DELVE
Meet: 10.00 am in Greylake RSPB car park off A361 GR ST 399346 Landranger 182/Explorer 140
Finish: 16.30 approx.
Focus: wildfowl, raptors, possible Merlin or Hen Harrier, Common Crane.
Description: minimal walking to and from hides at both reserves. Stout waterproof footwear recommended. May include visit at dusk for starling roost at Shapwick Heath or Ham Wall.

Tuesday 11th December: POOLE HARBOUR & WAREHAM CHANNEL, Private Charter Boat Cruise.

Leaders: TOM PINCKHEARD AND PAUL MORTON (Birds of Poole Harbour guide)
Coach: Leaves Riverside, Avon Street at 07.45.
Focus: waterfowl, winter migrants and raptors.
Description: Joint Bath Nats/RSPB meeting. The boat leaves the Brownsea Island ferry departure point at 10.00 for a 2 ½ hour harbour trip. Lunch and afternoon at nearby Arne RSPB reserve, approx 18.00. Booking with payment essential, see booking form for pickup times.

Sunday 6th January: NEW YEAR CITY WALK: BATHWICK MEADOWS AND SMALLCOMBE

Leader: DAVID GOODE
Meet: 10am Riverside footpath opposite St John’s Church
Finish: 1pm Halfpenny Bridge
Focus: Urban wildlife in winter. Winter thrushes, peregrine, buzzard, kingfisher.
Description: A leisurely walk of about two miles along footpaths with some steep slopes and steps. Stout footwear required.

Thursday 31st January: CARRS WOODLAND, Bath

Leader: HELENA CROUCH
Meet: 10.00 am outside Twerton Junior School ST720647. Park locally (eg in Walwyn Close or Redland Park) or take a No. 5 bus to Twerton School. Landranger 172/Explorer 155
Finish: By 13.00 pm
Focus: Winter plants and flowers and other local wildlife
Description: A gentle walk through the woods and fields of this Local Nature Reserve. The path may be muddy and there are slopes down to the stream. Walking boots advisable.

Wednesday 6th February: SLIMBRIDGE, Gloucs.

Leader: PHILLIP DELVE
Meet: 10.00 am, WWT main carpark. GR SO722047 Landranger 162/Explorer OL14
Finish: Approx. 15.00
Focus: Winter wildfowl and wading birds, possibly bittern, water rail
Description: Level walking along paths between hides. Admission free to members of WWT. Admission charge payable by non-members. Non members of WWT can save 10% on admission by booking ahead online. Use the Slimbridge www.wwt.org.uk web site for this and lots of other useful information.

Sunday 3rd March: CHARLCOMBE, Bath

Leader: MIKE COLLINS
Meet: 14.30 at junction between Richmond Road and Charlcombe Lane. GR ST 747667. Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Charlcombe Lane is closed at this time of year to protect amphibians. Park on nearby streets or take No. 6 bus to Solsbury Way and walk from there.
Finish: Dusk, or before if preferred.
Focus: Spring wildlife, including toads and frogs, following in the footsteps of Jane Austen who loved to walk in Charlcombe when she lived in Bath; ideal for a Sunday family walk.
Description: Circular walk, with many pauses, of up to 5 km along narrow roads, paths and tracks, including some steep ascents and descents. Wear walking boots or wellington boots. If conditions are favourable towards dusk, we will join the ‘toad patrol’.

Sunday 17th March: ODD DOWN/SOUTHSTOKE, Bath

Leader: ROB RICHARDSON
Meet: 10.00 Odd Down Park & Ride. GR ST733616 Landranger 172/Explorer 155
Finish: 13.45
Focus: Birds and other local wildlife
Description: Slow-paced, mostly flat walking with one small hill. Wear walking shoes and bring own food and drink.

Sunday 7th April: BREACH WOOD, nr Englishcombe, Bath

Leader: ALISON LANG
Meet: 10.00 am on foot at top of drive on east side of Bath Community Academy, Rush Hill. GR ST 728628 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Park on nearby roadside, e.g., in Mount Road. No. 1 or no. 20 bus route.
Finish: Approx 13.00
Focus: Spring wildlife
Description: Mostly easy walking, up to 2km. The ground is sloping and potentially wet and muddy in places. Wellingtons advised unless recent weather has been very dry.

Saturday 13th April: NEWTON PARK, Newton St. Loe, Bath

Leader: CHRIS VINES
Meet: 10.00 am Holy Trinity Church, Newton St. Loe. GR ST 701648 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Both the X39 & the airport bus from Bath Bus Station stop at The Globe Inn at Corston.
Finish: 13.00
Focus: Early migrants (eg Chiffchaff, Blackcap), woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, Treecreeper & common farmland birds.
Description: A leisurely walk of about 3 miles through the village & into the University grounds, around the lower & upper lakes and returning via the campus and the ‘exit’ drive back into the village. Generally level ground but with two short steep sections. Can be very muddy if it has been a wet Spring, so walking boots or wellies recommended.

Saturday 27th April: PORTLAND BILL, Coach Trip

Leaders: BRYAN COOK AND TONY COOK
Coach: Leaves Riverside Avon Street at 08.00, return about 18.00.
Focus: Seabirds, guillemot, razorbill, fulmar and summer migrants etc.
Description: Joint Bath Nats/RSPB meeting. Booking with payment essential, see booking form for pick up times.

     

    Bath Natural History Society - NATS

    • Bath Natural History Society
    • Bath Natural History Society