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May 2021

Lansdown and Charlcombe

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Lansdown Park & Ride BA1 9BJ + Google Map

Because of Covid-19 walks before 17 May 2021 are for members only, are limited to 5 members plus the leader, and must be booked in advance with the leader whose contact details are in the newsletter and programme circulated to members in April 2021. This 90-minute field trip will be held twice to allow more members to attend, with a choice of  times Leader: Rob Randall Meet: either 12.00 or 14.00 opposite entrance to Lansdown Park & Ride. Finish: 13.30…

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June 2021

Ham Wall RSPB and Shapwick NNR, near Glastonbury

June 5 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, Meare, Ashcott,
Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9SX
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Leader: Lucy Starling Meet: 09.30 Ham Wall car park off Ashcott Road. OS Map 182 ST 449397 Finish approx.: 15.30 Focus: Bird song and wetland birds, warblers, herons, egrets, Hobby, and damsel and dragonflies. Description: Slow level walking, stopping, looking and listening along gravel paths and grass tracks, visiting hides and break for picnic packed lunch by the car park. Informative website: www.rspb.org.uk Or search Ham Wall Latest Sightings”

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June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This 45-minute field trip will be held twice to allow more members to attend, with a choice of  times Leader: Rob Randall Meet: 14.00 or 15.00 where the FP from the canal crosses Sydney Buildings, GR ST758646. Finish: 14.45 or 15:45 Focus: Grass identification workshop Description: Investigation of the species growing in Bathwick Fields and in nearby grassland and roadsides. No styles and usually firm underfoot but may be slippery after rain.

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Twerton Roundhill LNR

June 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Leader: Glen Maddison Meet: 11.00 Mount Road, by the former YMCA hut. GR: ST 725534 Finish: 14.00 Focus: General wildlife, butterflies, invertebrates, orchid and flowers Description: Though a relatively small site, this is a limestone meadow on a fairly steep hill, so walking boots are advisable. We will walk the hill, looking at the plentiful wildflowers, butterflies, day-flying moths, birds and other invertebrates - plus the rare Bath Asparagus. If inclement weather, we may focus our attention on the area…

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Daneway Banks Reserve (Nr Cirencester)

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Daneway Banks Reserve (Nr Cirencester) GL7 6LN. + Google Map

Leader: Lucy Starling Meet: 09.00 by Sapperton Church where there is parking for about 7 cars. GR ST 948035 Landranger 163. Reserve postcode: GL7 6LN. Finish: 14.30 Focus: Large Blue butterfly/limestone flora and fauna Description: We will look for the large blue butterfly, plus limestone flora and fauna including day-time moths and other insects. A sloping walk of about .75 miles from Sapperton to the reserve. Pasture, footpath through woodland a short incline up a minor road to the reserve…

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Lower Woods, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

June 24 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Lower Woods Lodge car park. GR ST 746882 Glos GL9 1BX + Google Map

Leader: David Goode Meet: 10.30 at Lower Woods Lodge car park. GR ST 746882 Landranger 172/ Explorer 167. Carshare desirable. (For access to car park turn south along rough track at Inglestone Farm on Chase Lane GR ST749886). Finish: 15.00 (people can leave earlier if they so wish). Focus: Ecology of ancient woodland and wet meadows: birds and birdsong, notable plants (including violet helleborine, bird’s nest orchid, saw-wort, betony), butterflies (including silver-washed fritillary, white admiral and possibly green hairstreak) and…

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July 2021

Black Dog Woods Nr Westbury, Wiltshire.

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Black Dog Woods Wilts

Leader: Phillip Delve Meet: 09.30 Parking spaces fronting Black Dog Farm on A36 GR ST831489 OS Explorer 143 Directions: These parking spaces are only accessed from the northbound side of A36. If you approach from Bath on the A36, you will need to pass the meeting point, then turn back onto the northbound side, by turning left onto the A3098 immediately you pass under the bridge at the top of Black Dog Hill. Turn successively left until you rejoin the…

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Bradford On Avon

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Leader: Felicity Gilmour Meet: 10.00 outside Bradford Station GR ST8256061 Landranger 173/Explorer 156. Charges apply in the car park or there is free parking on Moulton Drive GE ST827597 which is approx. 15 mins walk from the railway station meeting point. Finish: 13.00 Focus: Nesting swifts and local wildlife Description: We will look for nesting swifts in the unique Saxon Church (St Laurence’s) and wildlife in Barton Park including butterflies and other insects. A gentle walk by the river and…

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Eastwood Farm LNR, Brislington.

July 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Eastwood Farm LNR, Brislington

Leader: Helena Crouch Meet: 11.00 am at junction of Wyndham Crescent and Eastwood Crescent (ST628715). There is no parking in the reserve so please park considerately on local streets. (Note that there are bollards separating Eastwood Road from Eastwood Crescent, so if you approach along Eastwood Road park before the bollards and walk through). There are bus stops nearby. Finish: By 15.00 pm Focus: Plants, birds, dragonflies and other local wildlife Description: This urban Local Nature Reserve is a mixture…

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August 2021

Mells Stream and Colliers Way

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mells Stream and Colliers Way Mells, Somerset BA11 3PF + Google Map

Leader: Tom Rogers Meet: 10.00 Opposite the PO/Cafe GR: ST 730 409 Landranger 183/Explorer 142. 6. Finish: 15.30 Focus: Birds, butterflies and flowers Description: A fairly level walk of about 4.5 miles (a few stiles) along the Mells Stream and part of the Colliers’ Way. Please carry packed luncheon. Informative website: www.mellsvillage.co.uk

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Slimbridge, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

August 25 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Bowditch,
Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT
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Leader: David Goode Meet: in the reception area at 10.30. Park in the large car park at the WWT Centre. Car-share very desirable. Entrance is free for WWT members, but there is a charge for others. Finish: 15.30 at Slimbridge. Focus: Migratory wetland birds, concentrating on waders such as ruff, green sandpipers, greenshank, redshank, godwits and lapwing. Description: We will visit a number of hides, including the summer route along the edge of the estuary, with its new estuary hide.…

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September 2021

Moth Trap And Farm Walk, Elm Farm

September 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Elm Farm, Burnett
Keynsham, BS31 2TF
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Leader and Host: Philippa Paget Meet: 09.00 Elm Farm, Burnett, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2TF. There is plenty of parking in the farmyard. Finish: 12.30 Focus: Moths and other interesting finds Description: The moth trap will have been set over night and hopefully there will be some interesting species to enjoy looking at, and Richard Pooley will lend his expertise to help us identify. Afterwards there will be a short farm walk, for those who would like to take part. Please…

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Broadmoor to North Stoke, Little Down, Prospect Stile and back

September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Upper Weston

Leader: Rob Randall Meet: 14.00 where Leighton Road joins Broadmoor Lane, Upper Weston, GR ST720673. Park on local roads, making sure you do not block driveways. Finish: 16.00 Focus: Late summer flowers and insects Description: Walk of c.5km along stone tracks and footpaths. Strenuous in places, with two uphill sections, but mostly on the flat or downhill. Strong footwear is advised as much of the ground is stony or uneven.

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Fungal Foray at Stockhill, Mendips

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Leaders: Helena Crouch) & Alan Rayner Meet: 10.30 am in Stockhill Plantation car park. GR ST 548512 Landranger 182/ Explorer 141 Finish: 14.00 pm 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 slow walk looking at fungi, and bryophytes in particular, through this plantation on an area of acidic soils and former lead-mining activity. There are good…

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