Cheltenham Bird Club

    Field trips 2018 / 2019

    Sunday September 30th – Severn Beach and Pilning Wetlands. 

    Autumn migration in full swing a visit to this area with its open sea, scrub, seawalls, muddy fringes plus the newish areas of marsh and open water called Pilning Wetlands should give us a great start to the new
    season of trips. Seabirds, warblers, waders and raptors are all possible. Suggest meet at Bournside School at 8.15am if sharing cars or, if travelling solo, at Michael Wood Services at 9am and we will go on from there. We will park in Severn Beach. Flat walking but could be muddy.

    Saturday October 27th – RSPB Arne, Dorset. 

    Our first coach trip of the year will take us to this RSPB reserve on Poole Harbour. Arne has a wonderful variety of habitats including heathland, woodland, wetland and looks out over the shallow harbour. With such a variety of habitats this should give a long and varied list of species as varied as Dartford Warbler,
    Avocet, Spoonbill and always a good chance of various raptors. Coach will be booked with a 7am start from Bournside School. 

    NOTE – this trip is on the third weekend after we restart the talks programme so please be ready to book up in the first weeks.

    Saturday November 17th – Sherborne. 

    We’ll return to the Sherborne estate after last years washout and hope for a better day. After the BBC
    Spring, Autumn and Winterwatch programmes we all know it better but we also have ‘inside’ information from the National Trust staff! Farmland, woods, the river and the village itself will make for an interesting
    morning. Meet at the car park (SP158143) at 9am for what should be a pleasant morning walk –
    we may move location during the day.

    Sunday December 16th – Forest of Dean.  

    By ever popular demand we shall return to the Forest for an energetic walk to work up an appetite for a meal at the Belfry Inn in Littledean. This year we shall meet in the Belfry car park and go on to an area
    hopefully featuring a speciality or two. Recent years have seen us catch up with Crossbills, Great Grey Shrike and Hawfinch so who knows what 2018 will find. Hopefully we will not be knee deep in snow!! Meet
    in the Belfry Inn car park at 9am.

    Sunday January 27th – Cotswold Water Park (West) 

    The numbers and type of lake at the Water Park is constantly changing as is the birdlife to be found there. A winter visit (likely to be quite cold!!) should give us a chance of waterbirds, possible Bittern, raptors and a whole range of other birds. Meet at the Gateway Centre off the Spine Road at 9am and we will go to what seems to be the best areas on the day. 

    February 2019 - Exe Avocet cruise.

    Depending on support we shall organise a boat trip on the Exe estuary in Devon to see the many thousands of Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit and other winter visitors. Date to be confirmed.

    March 2019 - Ham Wall, Somerset. 

    This vast area of reedbed (part of the Avalon Marshes) is a major breeding location for Great White Egret, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and possible Cranes. Minibus or coach to be booked depending on interest.

    Saturday April 27th 2019 – Portland Bill.

    A spring visit to this famous migration point south of Weymouth with the chance of virtually anything moving through on the day. This time in 2018 saw Hoopoe, Golden Oriole and Turtle Dove amongst lots of other land based migrants along with the possibility of excellent movement out at sea. Or it could be foggy so Plan B usually involves Radiploe or Lodmoor – always lots of options. Meet at 7am at Bournside for the coach.

    May 2019 – The Blorenge near Blaenavon.

    An upland area of heather, rough grazing and scrub with some woodlands and some relatively hard walking but can be highly rewarding. Possible Red Grouse, Cuckoo, Red Kite and woodland warblers. And it rhymes with orange!!. Meet at Bournside at 8am to share cars.

    June 2019 – Pembroke. 

    A return visit by minibus to this spectacular coastal site. Cliff walking (some quite steep) with lots of gorse, offshore rock stacks and rough grazing. Our first trip in 2016 was memorable – lots of Auks, Peregrine, a Club first for a day trip – Chough as well as seals, orchids etc. The day does depend on the firing ranges being open which can change
    overnight. Exact date to be confirmed later.

    The charge for the coach trips will be £20 per person for Club members for this year (£25 for non-members part refundable on taking out CBC membership).  Coach trips leave at 7am from Bournside School returning at 6-7pm. Bring all you need for a day. Car trips are sometimes all day as well so bring food and everything else you may need for the day. Some local trips are often morning only but many people stay for longer. For coach trips early booking advised with full payment – see Tim Fretter at evening meetings or contact on 01594 544042 for full details of all trips.