NATURAL HISTORY (PREVIOUSLY BIRDWATCHING 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

PLEASE NOTE: The group is full and has a waiting list.

Lucy, our convenor, writes:

“My group, previously entitled “Birdwatching Group 2”, studies all aspects of wildlife, including insects and flowering plants, and a change in our title better reflects what we study on our days out. The group remains at capacity and I regret that we are currently unable to add names to a waiting list, but do please contact me, because members leave the group from time to time.

Our meetings re-start on 19th April subject to Covid restrictions and some adjustments to the programme (members have been informed of these adjustments). A new programme for 2021/22 should be published at the end of June

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.


Programme for 2021-22
16 August 2021 The American Museum Gardens, NT Skyline and University Pond
Packed lunch or eat in restaurant
BA2 7BD
27 September Westhay Reserve near Wedmore, Somerset
Packed lunch
EXP MAP 141
18 October Around Stourhead, Wiltshire
Packed lunch or restaurant
LANDRANGER 183
ST 778345 BA12 6QF
15 November Mere Down, Wiltshire
Bring snack and drink
EXP MAP 143
ST 825345
20 December Ham Wall and Shapwick reserves near Glastonbury
Packed lunch and snacks and drinks
LANDRANGER 182
ST 449397
17 January 2022 Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire
Packed lunch or eat in restaurant
GL2 7BT
21 February Avebury and Barbary Castle, near Swindon
Packed Lunch and snacks and hot drinks
EXP MAP 157
SU 099696
SN8 1RD
21 March Heaven’s Gate, near Longleat, Wiltshire
Snack and hot drink
EXP MAP 142
ST 628423
11 April Ham Wall and Shapwick reserves near Glastonbury
Packed lunch
LANDRANGER 182
ST 449397
16 May Blagdon, Bristol Water Reservoir, North Somerset
Packed lunch
EXP MAP 141
507594
27 June Ubley Warren and Stockhill, Mendips
Packed Lunch
EXP MAP 141
ST 504556
18 July Riverside circuit and BYO picnic in Convenor’s garden
Packed lunch
Convenor’s garden

A detailed programme with all the necessary information is only issued to group members.
Meetings are by car share and sharing fuel costs.

We are currently at capacity and have one person on a waiting list but we welcome membership enquiries, so if you are interested joining the group and would like more information, u3a members can contact us via the details in the members’ newsletter. Non‑members can email us at:


Some of our photos
All photographs courtesy of, and ©, goup members

Photo of Newport Wetlands hide
Quick! Up there. Can you see it?
Photo of Newport Wetlands hide
In the hide at Newport wetlands
Photo of male Siskin
Male Siskin
Photo of male Blackcap
Male Blackcap
Photo of pintail
Pintail
Photo of bittern
Bittern
Photo of bearded reedling
Bearded Reedling
Photo of lapwing
Lapwing
Photo of Clouded Yellow butterfly at Portland
Clouded Yellow butterfly at Portland
Photo of Firecrest
Firecrest
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