BIRD WATCHING
   
First Tuesday of the month

This†group visits beautiful places to study birds, their habits†and their environment in all seasons of the year.

WHEN
We normally meet once a month but with an occasional second trip during interesting periods. Trips are usually on the first Tuesday of the month but coastal visits may be altered to suit the tides.

WHERE
About 80% of trips are to places within approximately 1 hours driving time from Bath.†People on the side of Bath nearest the destination tend to go straight there, the remainder meet and†those wanting to (the majority)†work out car sharing. Some like to picnic† but most trips include a pub lunch for socializing and comfort stop.

AIMS

To learn how to identify birds.

To find out how the seasons affect birds.

To see the relationship of birds to their environment.

To discover how natural rhythms such as the tides affect birds.

To learn something about bird migration.

To visit a ringing station and see how bird populations are monitored.

METHOD

To visit nature reserves and various types of habitat throughout the year in order so that a practical knowledge can be built up. If the weather conditions are particularly bad a lecture may be given.

INITIAL SKILL LEVELS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

None, absolute beginners are welcome. It is recommended that those without binoculars (bins) should not buy any until they have taken part in at least one trip, during which they should ask advice and also try various models in the field. Telescopes are nice to have but are far less important than bins which the leaders will have anyway. Guide books are required but there are a great number of very poor ones on sale so ask the leaders for advice before purchase.

CLOTHING

Warm waterproof clothing is essential and normally some spare should be carried. Good walking shoes are suitable most of the time but occasionally walking boots or wellingtons may be required.

TRANSPORT

Individuals may take their own cars but as far as possible the group employs car sharing. Passengers should respect other peoplesí cars and share in petrol costs.

INCIDENTALS

Where possible there will be a pub lunch for both refreshment and a comfort stop. This does not bar the taking of sandwiches and in some cases a picnic will be part of the outing.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The countryside and foot paths can be uneven and stiles may be slippery so members are responsible for their own safety.

Anyone requiring medicine or other special things like sugary drinks will be responsible for supplying and carrying the items they need.

Anyone with a particular problem such as diabetes or epilepsy should inform the leader or some other person in the party.

No one should leave a party without informing the leader(s).

People should give the leader their home telephone number and mobile phone number. Mobile phones (if owned) should be carried.

On some outings the party may be split to allow those with mobility problems to take a less challenging route.

Bird Watching Programme for 2016

 2nd February  Slimbridge   Pub Lunch
 1st March  Blashford Lake   Picnic Lunch
 15th March  a.m.Grey Lake
 p.m. Catcott
  Pub Lunch
 5th April  Newport   Pub Lunch
 3rd May  Charterhouse  Picnic Lunch
 17th May  Portland Bill
 (Meet at Maple Grove at 8.30)
  Picnic Lunch
 7th June  Langford Lakes   Picnic Lunch
 5th July  Hawk Conservatory
 Trust (Entrance Fee charged)
 Pub Lunch
 2nd August   Deer Leap   Pub Lunch
 6th September  Steart Point   Picnic Lunch
 4th October  Titchfield Haven
  (Meet at Maple Grove at 8.30,
 Entrance Fee to Reserve)
  Picnic/Cafe
 1st November  Slimbridge   Pub Lunch
 6th December  Meeting to discuss programme; 
 (10.30 at 24 Maple Grove)
 Christmas Lunch  
 3rd January 2017   Chew Valley  Pub Lunch

Note: Group meets outside 24 Maple Grove, Bath at 0900. Those who wish to meet at venue (Landranger Map Numbers and Grid Refs shown) should inform either John Yates (837598) or Peter Reeves (312705) beforehand.