Events

Find out where and when we are meeting to look for birds, what speakers we have at our indoor meetings and their subject. These events are free to members of the Gloucestershire Local Group. A charge of £3.00 is payable by non-members. Also see where we are holding sales events. Goods for sale are always available at our indoor meetings.

November 2018

Tue
20

David Parkin Fair Isle and it's Birds

Location: The Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester.
Postcode: GL2 9EB (Google map)

David makes a welcome return following his talk on Bird Migration in 2017.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to members. £3 to non-members

Fri
30

Coombe Hill Canal -or- Walmore Common.

Location: Meet at the Coombe Hill car park (turn left at the Swan Inn when leaving Gloucester on the A38) (SO886273). Alternative venue: Walmore Common. Meet at the lay-by by the small school on the west side of the A48 Highnam to Lydney/Chepstow road at Walmore, between Minsterworth and Westbury on Severn. (SO 748147). Looking for wildfowl, waders and raptors.

Nov 18 (Sun)(10.00 - 13.00) If it isn't bone dry or flooded we hope to see wildfowl and waders with perhaps the odd raptor. A flat walk but waterproof footwear essential if conditions are right. If the area is inaccessible due to flooding we shall attend an alternative venue (see below).

Time: 10.00-13.00

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members

Telephone: 07789181117

E-mail: gavinblack998@btinternet.com

December 2018

Sat
8

Cannop Ponds and valley

Location: Meet at the Cannop Ponds picnic car park (SO 610107)

Mandarins, Little Grebes, Tufted Ducks, possible Goosanders and various woodland birds such as Redpolls, Siskins and Woodpeckers. This is a pleasant valley for walking even in winter, with or without the birds.

Time: 10.00-13.00

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members

Telephone: 07789181117

E-mail: gavinblack998@btinternet.com

January 2019

Sun
13

Brierley FOD

Location: Meet at the small car park on the A4136 west of Brierley petrol station (SO 615152)

We shall be looking for Dippers and visiting the new Beaver enclosure. Do not expect to see the Beavers but it is not impossible. There is a likelihood that we shall be able to see their dams.

Time: 10.00-13.00

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members

Telephone: 07789181117

E-mail: gavinblack998@btinternet.com

Tue
15

Seabirds and the monitoring of the health of our oceans

Location: The Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester.
Postcode: GL2 9EB (Google map)

Dr Jim Reynolds Lecturer in Ornithology and Animal Conservation, Centre for Ornithology, School of Biosciences, College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, will give this talk.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to members of the Gloucestershire local group. £3 to non-members.

February 2019

Tue
19

Sacha Jungle Lodge in Ecuador

Location: The Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester
Postcode: GL2 9EB (Google map)

A talk by Arthur Ball . A welcome return for this popular speaker.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members

Sat
23

Cotswolds Water Park

Location: Meet at the Neighbridge car park (SU018947) there is a parking charge in the car park.

A late Winter search for visiting ducks. Smew, Goldeneye and Goosander and resident Red-crested Pochards are our target species at this site where Geese and Grebes and other water birds are ever present.

Time: 10.00-13.00

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members

Telephone: 07789181117

E-mail: gavinblack998@btinternet.com

March 2019

Sun
17

New Fancy View

Location: Meet in the Fancy View car park (SO629095).

Our main target species is the Goshawk and we should see them if weather conditions are favourable. Sunshine and a light breeze are ideal for the displaying females and potential suitors.
There is a steep, short climb to New Fancy View. We may relocate to another nearby venue once we have had our fill of Goshawks, especially if there are reports of a species of interest such as Great Grey Shrike if we missed it in autumn.

Time: 10.00-12.00

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members

Telephone: 07789181117

E-mail: gavinblack998@btinternet.com

Tue
19

Birds their Hidden World

Location: The Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester
Postcode: GL2 9EB (Google map)

Peter Holden from the RSPB. This talk looks at British birds and their amazing lives, the sort of information that most 'bird books' leave out! Covering adaptation and aspects of reproduction; from the secretive time of acquiring a territory and building a nest to birds' highly developed social behaviour and the roles of the different sexes, it considers the purpose of bird song, and explores the mystery of mechanical sound used by a few familiar species.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members

September 2019

Tue
17

Spring time in Belarus

Location: The Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester
Postcode: GL2 9EB (Google map)

David Cramp gives An illustrated talk about the birds and wildlife of a lesser known area.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: free to members of the Gloucestershire group, £3.00 to non-members