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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

 

Wednesday 6th December: BOX, Wilts

Leader: TERRY DOMAN

Meet: 10.00 am in the public car park behind Selwyn Hall, Valens Lane of 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 ‘Rock Circus’. Dipper, grey wagtail and possible signs of otter.

Description: A 3-5 km walk on footpaths and quiet roads, including some ascents and descents. Possibly muddy on paths. Waterproof footwear advised.

Sunday 17th December: BLAGDON LAKE

Leader: NIGEL MILBOURNE
Meet:
   9.30 am. South side of the Dam. GR ST504598 Landranger 172/Explorer 141
Finish: 14.00
Focus: Wildfowl
Description: A beautiful lakeside walk within the Bristol Water compound to see both wildfowl and small birds flanking the lake. Flat easy walking, with no stiles. It may be possible to use some vehicles within the compound for part of the lake traverse. Bring packed lunch. Bring binoculars and telescope if you have these. Wear weatherproof warm clothing, it is usually cold this time of year. Bristol Water permits are required, available on the day at £5 each.
Helpful website: http://www.blagdonlakebirds.com

 

Sunday 7th January: NEW YEAR CITY WALK ALONG BATH RIVERSIDE

Leader: DAVID GOODE

Meet: 10.00 am. Pulteney Weir, next to Beazer Maze adjacent to Bath Rugby Ground. GR ST 754648. Landranger 172/Explorer 155.

Finish: 13.00, possibly returning by bus from Newbridge Park and Ride

Focus: Urban and riverine wildlife in winter

Description: A level, 4-5 km walk along riverside paths.

Saturday 27th January: PORTLAND/WEYMOUTH HARBOUR, Dorset. Joint RSPB/Bath Nats Coach Trip

Leader: DAVE NEWMAN

Meet: Coach leaves Riverside/Ham street Coach Park 08.00

Finish: Coach returns approx. 18.00

Focus: Target Birds should include overwintering Divers, Grebes, Brent Geese and wildfowl. Reed-bed birds including Bearded Reedling and Cetti’s warblers at Radipole, with waders and Marsh Harriers.

Description: Paths and shore-line tracks should be fairly easy going, but stout footwear and rain-proofs are essential. Warm winter clothing recommended.

Booking essential by coach booking form and pre-payment.

Sunday 4th February: CLAVERTON DOWN, Bath. Circular walk.

Leader: LUCY DELVE

Meet: 09.30, The Avenue, opposite Cats and Dogs Home. GR ST 778641 Landranger 172/Explorer 155.

Finish: Approx 12.30

Focus: Birds, including early spring birdsong, woodland species, Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, Raven.

Description: Mainly level walking of approximately 1.5 miles along footpaths and across pasture, will be muddy in places, including steps, waterproof stout footwear recommended. Cafe in Cats and Dogs Home should be open for post-walk refreshment.

Sunday 11th February: HAM WALL RSPB RESERVE, nr Glastonbury

Leader: GLEN MADDISON


Meet: 14.00 Ham Wall visitor car park GR ST 449397 Landranger 182/Explorer 141
Finish: 16.30 – 17.00.
Focus: The spectacular starling roost and winter wildfowl.
Description: Observing bird life from reserve paths and hides.
Please note. Can be very muddy, so wellies or walking boots are essential. Warm clothing and a hot drink advisable due to standing around for a couple of hours.

 

Wednesday 21st February: SHIRE VALLEY, nr Marshfield

Leader: CHRIS WOODS

Meet: 13.00 on the Tormarton Road near Shirehill Farm, where there is limited parking available for a few cars. GR ST783767 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Please car-share if possible.

Finish: 16.00

Focus: Winter birds (including possible rarities) and other wildlife

Description: An exploration of this beautiful Cotswold valley along public paths on either side of the road. Mostly level walking. Waterproof footwear advised. Possibly bring a packed lunch to consume before the start of the meeting. 

Sunday 4th 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’.

Wednesday 21st March: EAST HARPTREE WOODS, Mendips, Somerset

Leaders: ALAN AND MARION RAYNER

Meet: 10.30 am. Park and meet at car park/picnic area off Smitham Hill. GR ST 557 541 Landranger 182/Explorer 141

Finish: 15.30

Focus: Early Spring flora, fauna and fungi of woodland rides, pool, boggy areas and mining spoil, including some rare bryophytes and ferns

Description: A walk through Forestry Commission woodlands to explore the former lead mining area and smelting works around Smitham Chimney. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Stout footwear is recommended. The ground is uneven in places, but the rides are good, although sometimes muddy.

Saturday 7th April: AUST WARTH AND RIVER SEVERN WALK

Leader: TOM PINCKHEARD AND LUCY DELVE

Meet: 10.00 am at the side of Passage Road, off the A403. GR ST 562882 Landranger 172/Explorer 154

Finish: 15.00

Focus: Severnside birds: wildfowl, waders, passerines, raptors (including possible short-eared owls), possible rarities.

Description: Level walking along quiet road and footpaths, possibly moving on to New Passage after lunch. Bring packed lunch and waterproof footwear.

Sunday 15th April: AVON VALLEY, SALTFORD

Leader: CHRIS VINES

Meet: 10.00 The Shallows Car Park, Saltford. GR ST 687673 Landranger172/Explorer 155.

Bus: X39 from Bath Bus Station stops at The Crown in Saltford.

Finish: 12.30

Focus: Early migrants (eg Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat), woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail & common farmland birds.

Description: A leisurely walk of approximately 2.5 miles through the older part of the village to the southern lip of the valley, returning along the river bank. The walk takes us passed Saltford Manor, reputed to be the oldest continually inhabited manor house in England and passed some Medieval Ponds. Three pubs close-by for those requiring refreshment!

Useful information: Generally level ground but starting with an uphill section and one other hill early in the walk. Can be very muddy if it has been a wet Spring, so walking boots or wellies recommended. The one high ‘up & over’ style has now been replaced with a gate, leaving only several low level styles to be negotiated.

Known hazards/potential risks: Care needed when passing Swineford Lock in view of deep water. 

Saturday 21st April: NATURAL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN SYDNEY GARDENS

Leader: SUSAN PALMER (Community Ranger) with Bath Nats Specialists

Meet: 14.00 at entrance to Sydney Gardens opposite end of Bathwick St. GR ST 756653 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. 

Finish: 16.00.

Focus: Appreciating natural variety in Sydney Gardens.

Description: The basic principle of Natural Neighbourhood Watch meetings is to identify enthusiastic local residents in different communities in and around Bath who, with the help of Bath Nats, would like to lead, organise and publicise short, easy-going walks for members of the public in their neighbourhood. The intention of the walks is to introduce other residents to the often unnoticed diversity and beauty of wildlife to be found just a short walking distance from their doorstep. They will also help to build up better knowledge and records of the diverse habitats and wildlife in and around the City.

Thursday 26th April: CLATTINGER FARM, N. Wilts

Leaders: ELISABETH ALLEN AND CHRIS PHILLIPS  

Meet: 1000 at the Lower Moor Farm Complex Visitor Centre: GR SU 007939 Landranger 173/Explorer 169, Postcode SN16 9TW

Finish: Approx 1230

Focus: Migrant Warblers, possible Nightingale, Hobby, Common Tern; Spring Butterflies including Orange Tip and Speckled Wood; possible Large Red Damselfly. If the season is right Snake's-head Fritillary and possible early Green-winged Orchid

Description: A leisurely walk visiting the Lower Moor Farm Complex with special emphasis on Clattinger Farm. Generally level ground; could be muddy in places after rain.

     

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