BIRD WATCHING 2
See also:
Bird Watching 1
WHEN:
Start time varies - Third Monday of the month
WHERE:
Varied locations in and around Bath and further afield
Photo of Lucy.jpg

Lucy, our convenor, writes:

“Because of a waiting list in Bird Watching Group 1 and the level of interest of other members wishing to join, I was asked to set up a second group, which had its first meeting in August 2016. We operate in a similar way to Group 1, with full and half−day meetings, visiting localities in or close to Bath but more often up to about 50 miles distant, when we would take a picnic lunch.

I aim to visit a wide variety of habitats during the 12−month programme, with eleven outings and a social lunch and get−together in July. One of my favourite locations is the Somerset Levels, in particular Ham Wall RSPB reserve where, in Spring and Summer, we look at all aspects of wildlife.

My over−riding objective as group convenor is to help members improve their bird identification skills and encourage a wider interest in all natural history, including butterflies, moths, dragonflies and flowering plants.”

AIMS

 ● To learn to identify birds visually and by calls and songs
 ● To learn about bird behaviour including migration
 ● To look at other wildlife, including dragonflies and butterflies
 ● To visit a bird observatory to see how birds are monitored

METHOD

As a group, we will visit nature reserves, different habitats, perhaps including urban and suburban to watch birds, listen to their calls and songs, whilst not ignoring other wildlife such as butterflies and dragonflies in the Spring and Summer months. If weather is particularly unfavourable, the scheduled meeting may be cancelled and an alternative indoor meeting arranged. Lunch will be either packed food and drink or a pub/cafe lunch. Some meetings will only be half−day morning. Meetings may require walking of 1 to 5 miles, depending on location.

INITIAL SKILL LEVELS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

None. If you do not have a pair of binoculars, the Group Convenor would be willing to lend a pair on the day. The Group Convenor has a telescope and tripod, and others in the group may also have this optical equipment which everyone can use during the meeting. The Group Convenor will have a range of field guides.

CLOTHING

Always dress for the weather conditions and take plenty of warm layers for winter months. Meetings will generally require walking shoes or boots, sometimes wellingtons. Members should be aware of ticks during the summer and wear light coloured long trousers.

TRANSPORT

Transport will be by members’ own cars, with car−share encouraged including sharing petrol costs, 20p per mile.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

 ● All members should be responsible for their own safety and note any hazards on the day, depending on the terrain.
 ● Members with any medical condition should ensure they have all medication with them, as needed.
 ● Anyone with any particular disability should inform the Group Convenor in advance.
 ● It is advisable to carry a mobile phone in case of an emergency.
 ● Nobody should leave the meeting without first telling the Group Convenor.

Bird Watching Programme for 2018-19
21 August 2018
FULL DAY
9:00am from Bath
Ham Wall RSPB and Shapwick Heath NNR reserves, near Glastonbury.
Packed Lunch.
10:30am in RSPB car park
OS Map Landranger 182
GR ST 449397
£2.00 charge per car for non RSPB members
17 September
HALF DAY
8:45am
(by car or bus)
Lansdown, around Race Course to Prospect Stile, circular walk.
Packed lunch to eat after walk, or pub lunch in Blathwaite Arms.
9:30am at Lansdown P&R car park, by bus stop
15 October
HALF DAY
9:00am from Bath
Corsham and Corsham Park (4.5 mile level walking).
Packed lunch to eat at end of walk or pub lunch in Corsham.
9:30am in The Royal Oak PH car park near the church.
19 November
FULL DAY
8:30am from Bath
Alfred's Tower and Stourhead, Wiltshire.
Packed lunch or eat in restaurant on site .
9:30am in car park off the minor road between Kilmington and Hardway.
GR ST 748353
Alfred's Tower signposted from B3092
17 December
FULL DAY / HALF DAY OPTION
9:00am from Bath
Blagdon Reservoir, Somerset, Leader Nigel Millbourne, bird warden.
Packed lunch or, if half day option, eat in local pubs.
10:00am in car parking area within the reservoir site.
OS Map 182
GR 504597 − at the dam end of the lake
21 January 2019
FULL DAY
8:50am until dusk (approx 5:30pm).
Greylake RSPB reserve off A361 - Catcott SWT reserve −
Ham Wall RSPB and Shapwick Heath NNR reserves near Glastonbury for Starling roost.
Packed Lunch and tea.
10.30am in Greylake RSPB reserve car park
OS Map 182
GR ST 399346
£2.00 charge per car for non RSPB members at Ham Wall
18 February
FULL DAY
8:30am from Bath
Slimbridge WWT, off A38 west of Dursley, Gloucestershire.
Packed lunch or eat in restaurant.
10:00am in the visitors' centre at ticket desk.
18 March
FULL DAY
8:30am from Bath
Blashford Lakes, north of Ringwood (A338), Hampshire, left off A338 along Ellingham Drove.
Packed lunch.
10:00am outside the reception/education centre
Landranger Map 195
GR 151082
Car parking here and on other side of the road, as sign posted.
15 April
HALF DAY
8:15am from Bath
Heaven's Gate, near Longleat.
Brunch to eat in car park at end of meeting.
9:00am in Nockatt car park.
Explorer Map 143
GR ST 828423
− off Horningsham Road, beyond the sign−posted entry to Longleat Safari Park.
20 May
FULL DAY / HALF DAY OPTION
8:15am from Bath
Chew Valley Lake, Ringing Station and lake-side walk.
Packed lunch or eat in restaurant.
Half day option for ringing station only.
9:00am on Herriott's Bridge
Map 172
GR ST 572581
17 June
FULL DAY
9:00am from Bath
Ubley Warren, Mendips, near Charterhouse.
Packed Lunch.
10:00am in road−side layby
OS Map 172
GR 505558
Parking at end of lane east of the Charterhouse Field Studies Centre.
Car share recommended.
15 July
HALF DAY by car, bus or train
Social lunch and walk in Bradford on Avon Pub lunch in The Barge Inn, Bradford on Avon.
12:00 in The Barge Inn on B3109 Frome Road
OS Map 173
GR 826602

If you are interested in joining this group, please see the newsletter for contact details. You can also email us at the address below, but please state in your email whether or not you are a Bath U3A member.

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