See also:
Bird Watching 2
9.00 am - First Tuesday of the month
Photo - Squatbird

Photo - Harrier with lunch close-up
Photo - Squatbird (handed)

NOTE: The group is full and has a waiting list.
It may be possible to start a third bird watching group, please contact the Convenor if you'd be interested

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

Meetings are held year-round and may be full-day or half-day. We try to share transport whenever possible and for the longer trips we normally stop for a picnic or a pub lunch.

We normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month but with an occasional second trip during interesting periods. Dates of coastal visits may be altered to suit the tides.

About 80% of trips are to places within approximately 1 hour's 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.


 ● 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.


To visit nature reserves and various types of habitat throughout the year in order so that a practical knowledge can be built up.


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.


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.


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


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.


 ● 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 2020
7 Jan. Chew Valley
Pub lunch
Map 172
ST 571 581
4 Feb. Greylake
Pub Lunch
Map 182
ST 399 346
3 Mar. Newport
Café lunch
Map 171
ST 334 834
7 Apr. Brean Down
Café lunch
Map 182
ST 296 585
5 May Swell's Wood
Pub lunch
Map 193
ST 362 238
2 Jun. Radipole, Weymouth (train at 9:00am, or car)
Pub lunch
Map 194
SY 675 795
7 Jul. Midford Valley
Pub lunch
Map 172
ST 761 607
4 Aug. Chew Valley (Ringing Station)
Pub lunch
Map 172
ST 571 581
1 Sept. Lansdown
Pub lunch
Map 172
ST 726 686
6 Oct. Newton St. Loe
Pub lunch
Map 172
ST 700 653
3 Nov. Slimbridge
Pub lunch
Map 162
SO 723 048
1 Dec. Meeting to discuss programme (10:00am at 24 Maple Grove)
Christmas lunch
5 Jan. 2021 Chew Valley
Pub lunch
Map 172
ST 571 581

Note: The group meets outside 24 Maple Grove, Bath BA2 3AF at 09:00am. Those who wish to meet at the venue (Landranger map numbers and grid refs shown) should inform the group convenor beforehand.

The group welcomes new members; those wishing to join should contact the group convenor, Jean Melksham (contact details in the U3A newsletter).

Some of our photos

Photo - Wall to wall Wigeon
Wall to wall Wigeon

Photo - Teal

Photo - Shoveler

Photo - Harrier
Harrier with lunch
Page last updated 01/2020