Events

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November 2018

Wed
21

INDOOR MEETING - Birds Britannica What did birds ever do for us?

Location: St Andrewes Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down, Bath BA2 5QA
Postcode: BA2 5QA (Google map)

Well what an thought-provoking title - do come along to hear what Stephen Moss (renowned birder and author) has to say on this subject which may indeed pose questions as well ads provide answers.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Visitors £3.00, Local Group members £2.00, accompanied children free

Telephone: 01225 834424

E-mail: linda@lindaadams.plus.com

Wed
21

FIELD TRIP - Cotswold Water Park

Location: Cotswold Water Park, Gateway Centre Spine Road, South Cerney GL7 5TL
Postcode: GL7 5TL (Google map)

Tom Pinckheard and Cotswold Water Park Warden, Kim Milsom will take us around in our search for woodland birds, waterfowl and winter migrants. Please inform the leader if you intend to join this group otherwise no booking required.

Time: 10.00 all day

Price: Car sharing fuel costs only

Telephone: 077444699575

E-mail: tpinckheard@homebath.ndo.co.uk

December 2018

Tue
11

COACH TRIP - POOLE HARBOUR and Wareham Channel (private charter) Boat Cruise

Location: Meet at Riverside, Avon Street at 07.45
Postcode: BA1 1UF (Google map)

Paul Morton (Birds of Poole Harbour) will be our guide alongside our Tom Pinckheard as trip leader being a joint trip with Bath NATS. The Boat leave the Brownsea Island ferry departure point at 10.00 for a 2.5 hour harbour trip. Lunch and afternoon at nearby Arne reserve. Return to Bath approximately 18.00. the target will be waterfowl, winter migrants and raptors. Booking with payment essential. See Booking form for pickup times.

Time: 07.45 from Avon Street

Price: Coach fare around £16.00 Boat trip costs TBC

Booking essential

Telephone: 077444699575

E-mail: tpinckheard@homebath.ndo.co.uk

Wed
12

INDOOR MEETING - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and The Isles of Scilly in October

Location: St Andrews's Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down, Bath
Postcode: BA2 5QA (Google map)

The formal business of our Annual General Meeting will be conducted as swiftly and expertly as possible by David Robertson, our Group Leader. After the AGM this year we have a report from our own two Lindas and two Toms on their autumn escapade to The Isle of Scilly.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Should be a free event, otherwise £2.00 local group members, £3.00 for visitors - accompanied children FREE

Telephone: 01225 428617

E-mail: linda@lindaadams.plus.com

January 2019

Sat
12

FIELD TRIP - Ham Wall, Somerset

Location: Meet at Ashcott Corner OS 182 Explorer 141 GR449 397

Join our Leader, Lucy Delve for an extended visit to Ham Wall to await the startling murmuration. Our target will be wildfowl, herons, birds of prey and hopefully loads of starlings!

Time: 10.00 until dusk

Price: Free - car sharing contributions welcomed

Telephone: 01225 191727

E-mail: tpinckheard@homebath.ndo.co.uk

Wed
16

INDOOR MEETING - Sao Tome and Principe: Endemic birds in the Gulf of Guinea - Andy Warren

Location: St Andrews Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down, Bath
Postcode: BA2 5QA (Google map)

Having never been connected to Africa, both these areas are truly oceanic with the consequence that they have a high level of endemism. Therefore conserving these areas is high on the priority list of scientists. We welcome Andy Warren for the first time to our group.

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Price: £2 Local members, £3 non-local group members and Visitors. Accompanied children FREE

Telephone: 01225 428617

E-mail: linda@lindaadams.plus.com

February 2019

Wed
20

INDOOR MEETING - Wild New Forest - Marcus Ward

Location: St Andrew's Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down, Bath
Postcode: BA2 5QA (Google map)

Wild New Forest talk. Marcus Ward has studied intensively the woodland specialists such as firecrest, hawfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker and is a co-founder of the survey organisation called Wild New Forest so he is the idea lperson to tell us more about this wonderful area.

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Price: Visitors £3.00, Local Group members £2.00, accompanied children free

Telephone: 01225 428617

E-mail: linda@lindaadams.plus.com

Sun
24

FIELD TRIP - Prior Park City Walk

Location: Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath
Is 172 Explorer 155

A guided walk with our leader Lucy Delve with target birds of peregrine, kingfisher raven and birdsong. We will meet in the centre of Bath and walk up to Prior Park as there is no parking there.

Time: 09.30 to 13.00

Price: TBC there may be a charge to enter the NT Landscape Garden

Telephone: 01225191727

E-mail: tpinckheard@homebath.ndo.co.uk

March 2019

Thu
14

FIELD TRIP - Lansdown Battlefields

Location: Meet at Lansdown Park and Ride car park
OS 172, Explorer 155 GR 731 682
Postcode: BA1 9BJ (Google map)

Join our leader Lucy Delve for a saunter across the Lansdown Battlefield area. The targets for the day will be farmland birds, wheatear and red kite. Lucy is always able to find you birds by sound even if they appear elusive on the day - but we hope they won't. This meeting will finish around 14.0 0.

Time: 10.00 to 14.00

Price: Car sharing fuel costs only

Telephone: 078795 191727

E-mail: tpinckheard@homebath.ndo.co.uk

Wed
20

INDOOR MEETING - Birdwatching in the 4th Dimension - Dr Daniel Field

Location: St Andrews Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down, Bath
Postcode: BA2 5QA (Google map)

Bearing in mind the recent exciting discoveries of fossil birds in China, Daniel's subject could hardly be more appropriate. He will focus on how the fossil records reveal the origin of flight, feathers and the birds themselves.

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Price: Visitors £3.00, Local Group members £2.00, accompanied children free

Telephone: 01225428617

E-mail: linda@lindaadams.plus.com

April 2019

Wed
17

INDOOR MEETING - Birds of Kazakstan plus an overview of what the Avon Bird Recorder does - John Martin

Location: St Andrew's Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down, Bath
Postcode: BA2 5QA (Google map)

John Martin works for Natural England as a Vascular Plant specialist and has very wide natural history interest: from recording local birds, moths and dragonflies to the immense diversity of wildlife to be found in the fifth largest country in the world. Come to hear John talk about his eclectic experiences.

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Price: Visitors £3.00, Local Group members £2.00, accompanied children free

Telephone: 01225 428617

E-mail: linda@lindaadams.plus.com

Sat
27

FIELD TRIP - Portland Bill, Dorset

Location: Portland Bill Dorset

Joint coach trip with the Bath Natural History Society
Booking essential. Our leaders for this day will be Bryan Cook and Tony Cook.
Our target birds will be those of the sea, hopefully guillemot, razorbill, fulmar and summer migrants.
The coach will leave Avon Street Car park at 08.00 with other pick up points which will be detailed on the booking form. We anticipate being back in Bath for 18.00

Time: 8.00 - Avon Street car park

Price: Coach fare - usually in region of £12-15.00 per person - TBC

Booking essential

Telephone: 078795191727

E-mail: tpinckheard@homebath.ndo.co.uk

May 2019

Sat
18

FIELD TRIP - Slimbridge, Frampton on Severn and Highnam Woods RSPB Reserve

Location: Firstly, Slimbridge for a morning walk and search for breeding waders - OS 162, Explorer OL14, GR 723 047
then on to Frampton on Severn in the afternoon meeting close to the car park on the road to the sailing club OS 162, Explorer OL14 GR 747 075 and then at 19.00
Finally assemble at Highnam Woods Nature Reserve car park on A40 west of Gloucester OS Landranger 162, Explorer 19 GR 779 190

Latitude/longitude: 172,779190 (Google map)

Well, this is a full itinerary of not two but three venues to cover in a day and evening. Robert Hargeaves will be our leader for the trip plus in the evening there will be an RSPB guide to take us around Highnam Woods near Gloucester.

Time: 10.30 through to 20.30

Price: Car sharing fuel costs PLUS £3.00 each for the RSPB guide

Telephone: 078795191727

E-mail: robert@rojofilms.co.uk

June 2019

Sat
15

COACH TRIP - Titchfield Haven

Location: Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve Fareham PO14 3JT
Postcode: PO14 3JT (Google map)

A Joint Coach trip with Bath NATS this time lead by Jean Melksham where are target birds will be passage migrants, waders, bearded reedling, bittern etc. Booking with payment essential, see booking form for pick-up times.

Time: 8.00 - Avon Street car park

Price: Coach fare TBC

Booking essential

Telephone: 01225 404985

E-mail: jeanmelksham@blueyonder.co.uk

July 2019

Sat
6

FIELD TRIP - Avebury, Fyfield Down

Location: Avebury Wiltshire
Postcode: SN8 1RD (Google map)

A day out in this lovely part of Wiltshire, we will be lead by Terry Doman where our target for the day will be hirundines, yellow wagtail, stonechat, raptors etc.

Time: 09.30

Price: Car sharing fuel costs only

Telephone: 01225 723563

E-mail: tpinckheard@homebath.ndo.co.uk

August 2019

Sun
4

FIELD TRIP - WWT Steart Marshes Somerset

Location: WWT Steart Marshes Bridgwater Somerset
Postcode: TA5 2PU (Google map)

A first visit as a group to this relatively new site at WWT Steart Marshes in Somerset. Robert Hargreaves will lead this trip and our target birds will be wildfowl, waders, passerines and raptors and to familiarise ourselves with this reserve which is receiving excellent reviews.

Time: 10.00 all day

Price: Car sharing fuel costs only

Telephone: 07871 595394

E-mail: robert@rojofilms.co.uk