Footage of otter in central Bath

Otters are known to be active on the River Avon but they are very hard to spot. Night time footage of otter activity was captured in 2020 at Cleveland Bridge, Bath by a member of Camden Residents Association, to whom Bath Natural History owes thanks. Click here to...
St Catherine’s Brook  30 March 2021

St Catherine’s Brook 30 March 2021

Having had to postpone this walk from last year due to Covid, this year we were rewarded with excellent weather – bright, but initially chilly. Covid rules limited our party to a maximum of 6, and 5 of us gathered at Eagle House, Northend at 10am, for a walk along St...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for March 2021

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for March 2021

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them. Lucy Starling...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for January & February

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for January & February

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them.   Lucy Starling...

Exploratory Bath city walk: 2 January 2021

This walk was done in preparation for the New Year City Walk the following day. I started on the riverside path opposite St John’s Church. Two peregrine falcons were sitting on the church, the tiercel on top of one of the small towers, and the female well hidden by...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for December 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for December 2020

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them.  Photo above  by Lucy...

Christmas suggestions

Anyone mourning the effect of Ash dieback on our landscape might want to add to their Christmas wish-list a copy of ‘Ash’, a newly published monograph on this endangered species by tree photographer and author Archie Miles., sponsored by The Woodland Trust and the...

BathNats Moth Group in lockdown

Paul Wilkins reports: Like everyone else the Moth Group has had to cancel their planned moth traps at various sites around the district so far this year, but despite not being able to meet up, this hasn’t stopped the group being just as active, thanks to modern...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for July 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for July 2020

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log for July While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them.  And...
Coronavirus Lockdown Log for June 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Log for June 2020

Contribute to the BathNats Lockdown Log for June While field trips are suspended do share any sightings of interest within the BathNats area. Use the contact form and if you have any photos to share ask on the form for a direct email link to submit them.  And...

International Dawn Chorus Day, 3 May 2020

David Goode took a recorder out early on 3 May The recording is about one hour long. There were five distinct phases that day . Robins blackbirds wrens and woodpigeons, with occasional croaks from a raven. Ends with the soft notes of a bullfinch Great tits, blackbirds...

Dawn Chorus, Lyncombe Hill, Bath, 7 April 2020

by BathNats President David Goode Tawny owls were calling when I opened the window at 5.45 this morning. It was dark but the dawn chorus had already started. Blackbirds and robins were the first songsters, soon joined by song thrushes and the strident voice of a wren....

Vallis Vale, Great Elm, Somerset, 8 March 2020

Leader: Helena Crouch Ten members joined the leader for the walk through Vallis Vale, a biological and geological SSSI, containing ancient woodland and the famous De La Beche Unconformity. After weeks of wet weather, the paths were very muddy but passable, and the...
Willsbridge Mill, 25 January 2020

Willsbridge Mill, 25 January 2020

Leaders: Andrew and Jane Daw A good number of people joined us at Willsbridge Mill for a field trip which had originally been planned for Kelston, the persistent rain having led to flooding around our original route. Willsbridge Mill Reserve, managed by the Avon...
Corsham Court Parkland, 18 December 2019

Corsham Court Parkland, 18 December 2019

Leader: Philip Delve Given the run of wet and windy days this month, those attending this meeting were blessed with reasonable conditions for our walk; for although we needed to wrap warm against a cool breeze the morning remained rain free. Having assembled at the...
Chew Valley Lake, 8 December 2019

Chew Valley Lake, 8 December 2019

Leader: Terry Doman Four members joined the leader for a day at Chew Valley Lake. We met at Herriot’s bridge on a cold and windy day with the threat of rain. The water levels were high due to the recent weeks of rain. There was the possibility of a rare American Green...
Harridge Woods, Somerset, 19 October 2019

Harridge Woods, Somerset, 19 October 2019

A dozen of us gathered for this meeting on what was to turn out to be a mostly dry, bright Autumn day with sunlight sifting down at times through the tree canopy to dapple the ground below. From the reserve entrance we made our way down to the petrifying stream marked...
Lansdown, Bath 9 October 2019

Lansdown, Bath 9 October 2019

Leaders: Alice and John Nissen Ten of us met on what threatened to be a hopelessly wet day at the golf course carpark (with permission) on Lansdown. We decided to shorten our route, leaving out the planned start which had been to skirt Weston Wood and dip down into...
Greyfield Wood 25 September 2019

Greyfield Wood 25 September 2019

A group of thirteen of us gathered for this meeting on a day that was to prove to be mostly dry, mild and dappled with sunshine. And, as on previous visits, we had a fungal treat in store for us despite the long dry spell that had preceded the meeting. We started with...

Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall 28 August 2019

Leader Lucy Delve Ten members and one non-member joined me at 10am in Ham Wall RSPB car park and we promptly headed towards Noah’s Hide, Shapwick Heath where the adult Osprey was located, for, possibly, the 11th or 12th consecutive year. It is commonly referred to as...
Carrs Woodland LNR Thursday, 31 January 2019

Carrs Woodland LNR Thursday, 31 January 2019

On a bitterly cold winter’s day, twenty members met to explore this small Local Nature Reserve in Twerton, which includes woodland, grassland and a small stretch of the Newton Brook and was designated in 2006 as an “urban fringe” LNR. After admiring the frosted...
Bryology ecology workshop 15 January 2019

Bryology ecology workshop 15 January 2019

The fossil cast of the dinosaur Rhomaleosaurus cramptoni provided an interesting backdrop and contrast of scale as we set up for our workshop on ‘Bryophyte Ecology’ which was attended by 20 Bath Nats members and visitors. For this workshop we started with the premise...
Winter Walk, 10 January 2016

Winter Walk, 10 January 2016

We gathered above Pulteney Weir on an unseasonably mild morning for a stroll around the southern margins of the city. By the time we set off there were twenty-three of us and soon we were all clustered around a tree beside the riverside walk whose trunk was covered in...
Greylake, Catcott and Ham Wall, 9 December 2018

Greylake, Catcott and Ham Wall, 9 December 2018

Fifteen of us, including one non-member, gathered on a very windy but sunny morning in the RSPB reserve of Greylake car park off the A371. We were surrounded at one point by a very large flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover, clearly disturbed by a bird of prey. It was...

Primrose Hill 16 September 2018

A group of four revisited Primrose Hill to repeat the biodiversity measurements begun in 2012. It was an autumn day after a dry summer which will have not helped the growth of our target organisms. There were many visitors to the site (plus dogs). We found that there...

Pewsey Down, 26 May 2018

Expectations were high in the weeks leading up to this trip to the chalk hillside of Pewsey, as the trip last spring was awesome….but as 15 of us assembled in the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust car park at the base of the Downs, we were not too confident of a good...

Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath, 10 May 2018

  Leader Lucy Delve Nine members gathered in the Ham Wall car park for a 9.30am start on a fairly breezy morning, after a very short delay for a passing rain shower. From then on there was ever-decreasing cloud and we enjoyed viewing and listening to birds, among...

Aust Warth And River Severn Walk, 7 April 2018

Leaders : Tom Pinckheard and Lucy Delve Only 4 members plus the leaders braved the grey morning day with the forecast of initial heavy rain. However, we were immediately rewarded with a pair of Kestrels hovering above us, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were singing and a...

East Harptree Woods, 21 March 2018

Twelve of us gathered on a cool but quite sunny morning, with snow still lingering in drifts and patches from the heavy fall the previous weekend. As we set out for our morning exploration of the woodland in the vicinity of Smitham’s Chimney, we were quickly rewarded...

Ham Wall RSPB reserve, 11 February 2018

Four of us decided to make ‘a day of it’ and leave for Ham Wall at 9.30am on Sunday morning.  We arrived around 10.15 in freezing conditions, and braced ourselves against frequent squally showers of sleet and hail as we made our way down towards the 1st...

Box, Wiltshire, 6 December 2017

Leader Terry Doman Fifteen members joined the leader in the car park at the Selwin Hall, Box. After a safety brief we proceeded to the adjacent ‘Rock Circus’, where the leader explained that it had been constructed as an educational structure for anyone...

Midford Valley, 18 November 2017

Greeted by what is known as a mizzle, ten of us gathered in the first field at the top of the Midford Brook. The work to develop the 11 acre field owned by Avon and Tributaries Angling Association as a wildflower meadow has had to be put on hold while the Environment...