Bristol Ornithological Club Walks & Meetings

All details of meetings, including a comprehensive programme of mid-week meetings, can be found in Bird News, (the club’s monthly publication for members), or by contacting us.

Tuesday 25 September - Easton-in-Gordano                    ST 515756 BS20 0PA Satnav 51.477722, -2.699033
Meet at Church Hall car park for circa four mile walk, some hills and stiles. From A369 (near Gordano Services) take Easton-in-Gordano turning (not Pill turning) and follow road down towards Pill, passing King's Arms on your left. After playing field on left, turn immediately into car park.
Leader: Judy Copeland

Saturday 29 September – Clevedon                                                           ST 394708 BS21 7UE
Meet at 09:00 at St Andrew’s Church, Church Road (off Clevedon Ring Road). A walk of three or four miles over two to three hours. We shall look for migrants in the Wains Hill area and waders and wildfowl along the coast (high tide 10:30). Good paths and mostly level apart from Wains Hill.
Leader: Jason Williams

Tuesday 02 October – East Harptree                                   ST 558541 No Post Code Satnav 51.284759, -2.634122
A circular walk of approximately four miles, some hills and stiles, which can be muddy when wet. Meet in the Forestry Commission car park on the right about one and half miles uphill from the centre of East Harptree.
Leader: Geoff Harris

Saturday 06 October – Blagdon Lake                                                                      ST 504597 BS40 7UL
Meet at 09:30 by the south end of the dam at the fishing lodge (ST 505597) where Bristol water permits (£5) can be bought from the leader. This morning only walk will consist of a flat, out-and-back walk of about four miles along the shore. If weather conditions change adversely or people are flagging, transport can be arranged for the return. The permits are also valid for the hides at Chew Valley in the afternoon.
Leader: Nigel Milbourne

Tuesday 09 October – Hawkesbury Upton                                       ST 778870 GL9 1AU Satnav 51.580883, -2.322165
Meet in the car park of the Beaufort Arms for a walk to the north of the village with hills, mud and stiles. Come early to pre-order lunch.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge

Sunday 14 October – Portland                                            SY 668755
Meet at the Ferrybridge car park on Portland Causeway at 10:00. We will visit various sites around the area depending on weather conditions and bird news especially as this could be a good time for migrants and rarities. Bring RSPB cards as we may visit Lodmoor and Radipole. Please consider car sharing. Don’t forget food and drink for the day.
Leader: Robert Hargreaves

Tuesday 16 October – Uphill                                        ST 313586 BS23 4YB Satnav 51.322447, -2.986986
Park on Links Road (parking available at this time of year) or Thornbury road which is first right after the Uphill Boatyard entrance heading towards the beach. Meet on the beach at Uphill and bring a telescope if possible. We will spend some time watching from the beach so ensure you have warm clothing. Following this we will have a short walk over the hill to the Bleadon Levels. There will be more watching than walking and we can drop telescopes off in cars after the beach watch. High water approximately at 11:50, 8.4m.
Leader: Jane Cumming

Tuesday 23 October – Blaise Castle                                   ST 558786 BS10 7QT Satnav 51.505065, -2.637744
Meet at the main car park (near Blaise Mansion) for walk in this 'picturesque' landscape designed by Humphrey Repton and John Nash for J.S. Harford. The walk goes through the churchyard to the woodlands and fields of the main estate and then meanders through meadows and woodlands passing the stream and ponds including a short stretch of a quiet avenue. There are some moderate climbs.
Leader: Di Bunniss

Tuesday 30 October – Elm Farm, Burnett                                   ST 664654 BS31 2TG Satnav 51.38575, -2.483133
From Keynsham take the B3116; turn right at the first Burnett road sign, left at junction, then right into the farm. From Bath, take the A39 and right onto the B3116, fork left on farm drive as you enter Burnett. The farm is 112 hectares in size and consists of 17 hectares of arable crops, over six hectares of woodland and five hectares of crops exclusively for the benefit of birds and other wildlife. Many field margins next to hedges or water are preserved for conservation. The remaining grassland is grazed by cattle, sheep and ponies. No fertilizer is used on the species rich grassland which is managed to encourage insects for the wild birds and bats. The farm is home to a wide variety of birds including Barn owls, Skylarks and Linnets.
Leader: Roger Palmer

All indoor meetings will be held at Newman Hall (Grange Court Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 4DR) and start at 19:30, unless stated otherwise. They involve presentations and talks on a wide range of bird topics by both guest speakers and our own club members. Donations from non-members are appreciated!

Thursday 18th October - Wader Quest - Rick Simpson
Rick is co-founder and chair of Wader Quest, a charity dedicated to promoting wader conservation and research. He edits their newsletter Wader Quest and is joint membership secretary of the International Wader Study Group. Have a look at their website:

Thursday 15th November - Aristocrats of the Air - Keith Offord
To come

The attention of members is drawn to the fact that the Bristol Ornithological Club accepts no liability in respect of damage or personal injury occurring during its activities.