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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

 

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.

Friday 26th to Monday 29th April: FESTIVAL OF NATURE CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

Organiser: BRISTOL NATURAL HISTORY CONSORTIUM

Description: Which city on Earth has the most wildlife and the most nature loving citizens? Help Bristol and Bath show the world how amazing our region is for people and nature by joining us in an epic contest: to discover and record as much wildlife as possible over 4 days. Competing with 65 cities on five continents, we need you to join the race by sending us your wildlife sightings over 26-29 April 2019. Your observations count towards local, national and international efforts to learn about and protect our regions' amazing wildlife. Bath Nats experts will assist by leading walks and joining survey teams, including a Spring Wildlife Recording visit to the American Museum in Bath on Friday 26th April (see below). See:- http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature-type/city-nature-challenge/

Wednesday 1st May: ABBEY CEMETERY DAWN CHORUS WALK

Leaders: LUCY DELVE AND DAVID GOODE
Meet: 4.45 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.
Finish: approx 7.30am.
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, warm clothing and bring a torch and hot drink and snack.

Saturday 11th May: COLERNE PARK, Wilts

Leader: ROB RANDALL
Meet: 10 am on roadside approaching Thickwood Village (park in the lane or housing estate) GR ST824726 Landranger 173/Explorer 156
Finish: 13.00 approx
Focus: Spring flowers, birds and insects
Description: A leisurely stroll of 4-5km via Thickwood village and local lanes to this Woodland Trust reserve. Some steep slopes and muddy paths in the wood so strong footwear advised. Flowers include Solomon's-seal and Herb Paris, and amongst the Ramsons we may see Portevinia maculata, an unusual hoverfly whose larvae feed on the bulbs. In the clearing we may see early butterflies such as Marsh Fritillary and Dingy and Grizzled Skippers.

Wednesday 29th May: PEWSEY DOWN, Wilts

Leader: GLEN MADDISON
Meet: 10.30 Natural England Pewsey Downs NNR car park GR SU 116638 Landranger 173/Explorer 157
Finish: 14.00 approx.
Focus: This is one of the best places in the country to find the rare Marsh Fritillary, which we encountered in large numbers last year. Also possible are Adonis Blue, Dingy and Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak and Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, as well as uncommon chalk grassland flowers. Birds could include Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Tree Sparrow and Red Kite.
Description: Moderately strenuous walking of 4.5km along the top of the Wansdyke and over the top of Knapp hill, then back along Walkers Hill and across the top of Alton Barnes white horse. Walking boots essential, with waterproofs just in case! Please note that the route may vary as last year. If time allows, the group will be met at the car park by one of the Wiltshire ringing team, who will be happy to take us to see either the ringing site or breeding site for the good population of Tree Sparrows that reside in the area around the farm.

Saturday 1st June: FESTIVAL OF NATURE ‘TRAIL OF TWO CITIES’, Green Park

Organiser: BRISTOL NATURAL HISTORY CONSORTIUM

Meet: From 11.00, Green Park

End: 18.00

Focus: Natural history within and around Bath

Description: The Festival of Nature 'Trail of Two Cities' will be launched in Bath on 1st June and end at Bristol Harbourside on 8th/9th June. Local and national environmental organizations, including Bath Nats will showcase the natural world with interactive exhibitions, talks and inspirational activities. Visitors are encouraged to explore the surprises the natural world has to offer and to discover the incredible wildlife on their doorstep. Offers of assistance from Bath Nats members welcome.

 

Sunday 9th June: BATHAMPTON MEADOWS, nr Bath

Leader: STEVE CURTIS
Meet: 10.00 am in Batheaston riverside car park. GR ST 780675 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. No 3 bus service from Bath city centre.
Finish: 13.00
Focus: Insects, birds and wild flowers in waterside habitats.
Description: Slow, level walking, up to 2 -3 km, with frequent pauses to examine specimens, Stout footwear recommended.

Thursday 13th June: SOLSBURY HILL EVENING WALK, nr Batheaston

Leaders: HELENA CROUCH AND ROB RANDALL
Meet: 19.00 in layby on Solsbury side of junction of A46 with old A46 GR ST762682 Landranger 172/Explorer 155
Finish: 21.00 approx
Focus: Summer flowers and insects.
Description: Common land managed by Batheaston Freeholders. Interesting plants of rock outcrops and if sunny there should be plenty of butterflies and day-flying moths. As well as natural history interest, it will be a chance to see the effects of recent restoration work and changes to the grazing regime. A walk of c. 2.5km with rough ground in places but mostly dry under foot.

Saturday 15th June: TITCHFIELD HAVEN, Coach Trip

Leader: JEAN MELKSHAM
Coach: Leaves Riverside, Avon Street at 08.00, return about 18.00.
Focus: Passage migrants, waders, bearded reedling, bittern etc
Description: Joint Bath Nats/RSPB meeting. Booking with payment essential, see booking form for pickup times

Wednesday 3rd July: SUMMER RECORDING VISIT TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN 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. Our first recording visit in November 2018 proved very successful and we will be following this up on this occasion with a further qualitative 'walk-about' survey of the wildlife-rich areas. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear for summer weather and uneven and sometimes sloping ground. Parking and admission to the grounds will be free of charge to Bath Nats members. Participants will be required to sign a risk assessment form before setting out.

Sunday 7th July: IFORD MANOR ORCHARD, BUTTERFLY DAY

Co-ordinator: HUGO BROOKE (Butterfly Conservation

Meet: From 11.30am in public car park. GR ST 801589 Landranger 173/Explorer 156

Finish: Approx. 16.00

Focus: Butterflies and moths, and other fauna and flora.

Description: A great FREE family day out. Guided walks, moth trap displays, bat roost viewing by infra-red camera, arts and crafts, face-painting and story-telling, butterfly-friendly plants for sale etc. Refreshments available at Iford Manor tea rooms, alternatively, bring a picnic.

 

Monday 15th July: BRATTON CAMP & WOODLAND NEAR WESTBURY WILTS

Leader: PHILLIP DELVE
Meet: 10.00 Westbury White Horse car park. GR ST899513  Landranger 184/Explorer 143
Finish:16.00 approx
Focus: Short morning walk over chalk downland to sheltered spot known for butterflies and orchids. Potentially Chalkhill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Skylarks, Yellowhammer and possibly Corn Bunting. Relocating after packed lunch to woodland north of Westbury for Marsh Tits, Silver Washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Purple Hairstreak.
Description: The meeting is in two parts, with a break for packed lunch. First the short walk around Bratton camp, which will involve some moderate slopes. After lunch will drive approx 4 miles to one of several woods near Westbury. The level woodland paths are longer and may be muddy. Walking boots will be appropriate. Close focus binoculars will be useful if you have these.

Sunday 21st July: FAULKLAND LAVENDER FARM, Horsepond, Somerset

Leader: TOM ROGERS
Meet: 10.30 am in Horsepond/Lavender Farm car park. BA3 5WA. GR ST739545 Landranger 183/Explorer 142.
Finish: 14.30
Focus: Multiple interest, resident and farmland birds, insects including bees.
Description: A walk of approx. 4.5 miles across fields and along quiet country lanes through the hamlets of Hardington and Hemington. Can be muddy after rain and there are stiles along the way. Wear stout footwear and bring packed lunch if desired. Car park is free but donations are welcome. Cafe and toilets on site.
Website: www.somersetlavender.com/

Sunday 4th August: PRIDDY MINERIES, Mendips, Somerset

Leader: JANE LEWIS WITH LUCY DELVE
Meet: 10.30 am in Stockhill Plantation car park. GR ST 548512 Landranger 182/ Explorer 141
Finish: 14.00 approx.
Focus: Butterflies, moths and birds. Dragonflies and damselflies. Wild flowers and other plants
Description: Slow paced, mostly flat walking. Uneven in just a few places and the paths/tracks can be muddy after heavy rain.

Saturday 17 Àugust: CHILCOMBE BOTTOM, nr Batheaston

Leaders: ROB RANDALL AND HELENA CROUCH
Meet: 14.00 in layby on Solsbury side of junction of A46 with old A46 GR ST762682 Landranger 172/Explorer 155
Finish: 17.00 approx
Focus: Summer flowers and insects.
Description: Footpaths and open access land will be used to explore the upper section of the combe. Some steep slopes and rough terrain, c. 3km. Flowers should include Strawberry Clover and Fiddle Dock. Grasshoppers should be active, especially the Rufous Grasshopper, which is rather scarce but has thriving colonies in this warm sheltered combe.

Thursday 29th August: SHAPWICK HEATH & HAM WALL, nr Glastonbury, Somerset

Leader: LUCY DELVE
Meet: 10.00am Ham Wall RSPB car park, Ashcott Road, near Meare. GR ST 449397 Landranger 182/Explorer 141 (charges apply for non RSPB members)
Finish: 16.00 approx.
Focus: Migrant birds including waders and possible Osprey and Hobby. Marsh Harrier and Bittern. Dragonflies and butterflies
Description: Level walking on gravel track and grass/peat and visiting hides. Bring packed lunch which will not need to be carried.

Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd September: BATHSCAPE WALKING FESTIVAL

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

More details of how to book etc can be found on www.bathscapewalkingfestival.co.uk or call 01225 477265

Sunday 15th September: SMALLCOMBE WOOD

Leaders: MARION AND ALAN RAYNER
Meet: 14.00 at entrance to Smallcombe Cemetery, top of Smallcombe Lane. GR ST763642 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. Please note there is no parking at the Cemetery itself but on-street parking is available nearby. 10 minute walk from the Bus Station or Bus No: 18 to Bathwick Hill.
Finish: 16.00
Focus: Early autumn wildlife, including fungi, late-flowering plants and bryophytes
Description: A slow exploration of this ancient and biodiverse woodland and adjacent meadowland, which is steeply sloping in places and can be muddy after rain. Stout, waterproof footwear advised.

Wednesday 25th September: GREYFIELDS WOOD & STEVENS VALE , High Littleton.

Leader: ALAN RAYNER
Meet: 10.30am along Greyfield Road. GR ST 641587 Landranger 172/ Explorer 142
Finish: 14.00 followed by display of our finds and tea with Helena Crouch at Bronwen, Farrington Road, Paulton (directions to be provided on the day).
Focus: Fungi and other Autumn wildlife
Description: A follow-up to our very successful meeting in October 2016. A slow walk through this diverse woodland habitat, with unusual underlying geology. Some slopes and a waterfall. Stout footwear is recommended.

     

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