Events

We run two main series of events.
Our 'indoor meetings', usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month, run from September to May. They normally consist of an illustrated talk from a visiting speaker although we do have a social evening for the December meeting and the May event is a film show. There is a charge of £3 for group members and £4 for others (under 18s are free) which covers the entrance and refreshments.
Our 'field trips', usually on the Saturday or Sunday following the indoor meeting, are led by two of our group who are very experienced birders. We visit RPSB and other nature reserves, usually fairly local but we do go as far as Dartmoor or the edge of the New Forest on occasion. The walks are ideal for bird watchers of all levels of experience from the complete beginner to the expert. These trips are free for group members and under-18s. We charge £4 for adult non-members, which will count towards the membership fee if you decide to join the group on the day. There are sometimes parking fees or admittance charges for some reserves.

March 2019

Sat
23

Field Trip: Ham Wall RSPB Reserve & Shapwick NNR

Location: OS Map 182 Grid Ref: 449 39
Meet in the Ham Wall car park at Ashcott Corner near the Railway Inn on the road between Meare and Ashcott.
Please remember to bring your RSPB membership cards as there is a parking charge for non-members.
Postcode: BS6 9SX (Google map)

We will walk around Ham Wall in the morning looking for resident and winter birds. In the afternoon we will visit Shapwick and as well as wintering waders we will keep an eye out for otters.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free for group members and under 18s. £4 for adult non-members.

Telephone: 07803 928717

E-mail: birders@csndesk.plus.com

April 2019

Thu
18

Birding the Silk Route

Location: Millennium Hall, Seavington
Postcode: TA19 0QH (Google map)

An illustrated talk presented by Ian Gasper, a former headteacher who has travelled widely and volunteered with the V.S.O. in Ethiopia and Nigeria. Ian's talk is based on trips to Iran, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan - part of the fabled Silk Roads. Landscapes are varied with desert, mountains and lakes, so producing a great variety of birds including stunning rubythroats and redstarts.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £3, Non Members (including national RSPB members) £4 and Under 18's Free.

Telephone: 01460 240740

E-mail: denise.chamings@talktalk.net

Sun
28

Field Trip: Arne RSPB Reserve

Location: OS Map 195 Grid Ref: SY 972 878

Meet at the RSPB car park. Please remember to bring your RSPB membership cards as there is a parking charge for non-members.
Postcode: BH20 5BJ (Google map)

We will spend the day walking around this heathland reserve looking for spring/summer migrants. There is a café on site for those want to buy refreshments at lunch time.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free for group members and under 18s. £4 for adult non-members.

Telephone: 07803 928717

E-mail: birders@csndesk.plus.com

May 2019

Thu
16

Winter's Big Flocks and Transition to Spring + plant sale

Location: Millennium Hall, Seavington
Postcode: TA19 0QH (Google map)

An illustrated talk presented by local award winning wildlife photographer Robin Morrison. An opportunity to view the large winter flocks of birds in the South West, followed by the transition to Spring across the south west corner of England.
Please bring along any plants for us to sell in aid of group funds: annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables etc.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £3, Non Members (including national RSPB members) £4 and Under 18's Free.

Telephone: 01460 240740

E-mail: denise.chamings@talktalk.net

June 2019

Sun
16

Field Trip: Martin Down NNR, Hampshire

Location: OS Map 184 Grid Ref: SU 036 201 (The postcode is the closest but may be approximate)
We will meet at the main Martin Down car park on the A354 between Blandford Forum and Salisbury.
(please note there are no toilets on the site!)
Postcode: SP5 5RQ (Google map)

This reserve is known for its chalkland flora and butterflies as well as farmland birds. If time allows we will drive to Langford Lakes Wiltshire Wildlife Nature Reserve, Steeple Ashton (postcode SP3 4PA) about half an hour away, for a short afternoon walk where we will look for summer migrants.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free for group members and under 18s. £4 for adult non-members.

Telephone: 07803 928717

E-mail: birders@csndesk.plus.com

Thu
20

Nightjar Walk

Location: Trinity Hill LNR, near Axminster - meet in the car park
OS Map 193 Grid Ref: SY 308 958 (the postcode is the nearest but may be approximate)
Directions: from the A35 Axminster to Raymond's Hill road take the small turning on the right shortly before the crossroads on the B3165 to Lyme Regis. The car park is on the left in about half a mile. NB It is the first small car park, which has a noticeboard advertising the local nature reserve.
Postcode: EX13 5SS (Google map)

This is traditionally a good site for nightjars, though we will have to be patient and you may like to bring insect repellent with you! It has also been designated as a Dark Skies Discovery Site and as such, on clear nights, is good for star gazing.

Time: 8.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £3, Non Members (including national RSPB members) £4 and Under 18's Free.

Telephone: 07803 928717

E-mail: birders@csndesk.plus.com

September 2019

Thu
19

Annual General Meeting, followed by talk

Location: Millennium Hall, Seavington
Postcode: TA19 0QH (Google map)

Our 40th Annual General Meeting

The formal part of the AGM is usually very short.
The AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk, details will be posted here when they are available.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £3, Non Members (including national RSPB members) £4 and Under 18's Free.

Telephone: 01460 240740

E-mail: denise.chamings@talktalk.net