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 24 July – Walton Common and Coast Path             ST 413727. BS21 7DY Satnav 51.450367,-2.845373
Picnic walk. Meet on the triangle opposite the gateway to Clevedon Golf Club. Turn off B 3124 to the road going NW between Clevedon School playing fields. At the top of the hill park in The Avenue. Four to five miles,
If weather bad, could return to cars by 13:30.
hills and stiles, uneven paths.
Leader: Judy Copeland

Sunday 29 July – RSPB Newport Wetlands                                           NP18 2YH Satnav 51.545978, -2.9617785
Meet at RSPB car park at 09:30. Note that there is now a £3 charge for the RSPB car park for non-members.
Bring a Picnic if you wish to continue to Goldcliff.
Directions: Take the M4 over the new bridge towards Newport to junction 23a and take the A4810. After three roundabouts this road is very straight for a long way, past industrial estates and new housing developments. Eventually the dual carriageway curves first right then left. Go straight through the next small roundabout and at the second, larger, roundabout follow the RSPB sign onto the West Nash Road. Keep on this road for about one and a half miles. Watch for a brown-coloured reserve sign on the left indicating the almost immediate right turn into Nash village. Keep on through the village with the power station in full view. The RSPB car park is on the left- hand side. There are brown duck signs at the various junctions but they can easily be missed. Hopefully, we will see Bearded Tits, Cetti’s Warblers, and Marsh Harrier in the reed beds and waders on the Severn Estuary. After lunch, we will travel about two miles to the village of Goldcliff hopefully to see breeding Avocets and other waders. The young will have fledged and the challenge will be identifying juveniles of several species, especially gulls. The first waders should be heading south with Green Sandpiper the most likely. Hopefully, hirundines will be much in evidence.
Leader: Margaret & Ray Bulmer

Tuesday 31 July – Lansdown, Bath                                           ST 717689 BA1 9BU Satnav 51.418854, -2.407643
Meet at Bath Race Course car park on Lansdown, north of Bath. Postcode is only for the road past the racecourse. A walk of about three miles, partly on the Cotswold Way with farmland and woodland birds.
Leader: Robert Hargreaves

Tuesday 07 August - Redhouse Farm. Winford Manor          ST 531639 BS46 8DL Satnav 51.372663,-2.674445
Meet in the yard of Redhouse Farm by invitation of Melanie Patch. Please park tidily as there is limited space. A three and a half mile walk through the lanes, including Felton Common, and finishing with their very own Ochre quarry. If you find aircraft engine noise intolerable then this may be a walk to miss. Take a left off the A38, B3130, towards Winford. Going through Winford just after the hill, turn right opposite the ‘Prince of Waterloo’ then immediately left into Parsonage Lane. At the T junction turn left into Redding Pit Lane and take the first farm track on the right. The sign has a chicken on it but is rather hidden under a small tree. Alternative route - for those who are not faint-hearted. Take a left off the A38, B3130, towards Winford. Going through Winford just after the first hard right bend, take the first right into Frog Lane. Follow the lane to the T junction and turn right. The farm is up the second farm lane. The sign has a chicken on it but is rather hidden under a small tree.
Leader: Nick Hawkridge

Sunday 11 August – Chew Valley Lake                                            ST 572582 Satnav 51.320572, -2.617025
Meet at 09:30 at Herriotts Bridge on the A368 at the south end of the lake. We shall visit the public parts of the lake on the east side and north shore before lunching at the lake’s restaurants, or picnic. For those staying after lunch we shall visit the hides on the west side. A £5 permit required which is easily available.
Leader: Robert Hargreaves

Tuesday 14 August - Burrington Ham                             ST 476590 BS40 7AT Satnav 51.327760, -2.752322
Meet at the car park below the Burrington Inn for a gentle climb through woodland to limestone upland with the usual range of birds for this habitat. This is a pleasant walk on good paths with no serious mud expected. Lunch at the Burrington Inn.
Leader: Clive Burton

Tuesday 21 August - Failand                                                 ST 514719 BS8 3TU Satnav 51.444715, -2.700400
Meet in the car park of the Failand Inn. Those wishing to lunch should park in the top far corner. Otherwise park on Flax Bourton Road: ST 516718 BS8 3TU Satnav 51.443296,-2.696968, and walk up to the Inn. About three and a half miles of mainly flat walking through farmland and woodland, and returning through the Tyntesfield estate. There are no steep hills but some stiles.
Leader: Gareth Roberts

Tuesday 28 August - Old Down, Tockington                                   ST 615873 BS32 4PA Satnav 51.584097, -2.556985
Meet in the car park on the far side of the football pitch. The playing field can be found at the top of the hill from the centre of Tockington village. A walk in the countryside with stiles and possible mud.
Leader: Sue Black

Sunday 02 September – Pilning Wetlands                                                                        ST 544864 BS35 4NG
Meet at 09:30 at New Passage. On B4055 at Redwick, 500m after A403 junction, turn right at mini roundabout. Park where the road ends near yellowish Caroline Cottage. Please car share if possible as parking is limited. A walk along the estuary path and past the wetland. Although not a circular walk the birds should be constantly changing with the tide (high tide 1206). Bring telescopes if available.
Leader: Lois Pryce

Sunday 16 September - Uphill and Bleadon                                                                        ST 313586 BS23 4YB
Meet at 09:30 on Links Road at the entrance to the Uphill boatyard, where the public footpath starts. A walk over Bleadon Levels and wader watching from the beach (high tide 12:05). Telescopes useful.
Leader: Jane Cumming

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

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 20 September with Terry Wall, “A Wall in Hungary and Bulgaria”

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.