Cheltenham Bird Club

    Field trips 2017 / 2018

    Saturday March 10th – Upton Warren. With relatively few sites to the North of Cheltenham it is inevitable we go back to Upton regularly but it is a great site. Some early spring migrants may be back on site and the varied habitats here guarantee a good day – Snipe (Common and Jack are regular), Water Rail and Bullfinch suggest lots of opportunities and spotting the Peregrine on the masts is a must try!. Permits will be needed – costs to be advised. Suggest meet at Bournside at 8am to travel in shared cars.

    Saturday April 14th - Painswick Beacon. Turn off the A46 at the Royal William Pub. Meet in small parking area along narrow road - not in the pub car park. A morning walk in the hope of seeing early spring migrants. We intend spending time at the top of the beacon to view passing birds including warblers, hirundines and raptors. If you have a telescope please try and bring it with you. Meet at 9am at Grid Reference SO878127.

    Sunday April 22nd – Rutland Water.  A return visit to this massive reservoir in the East Midlands and a great day birdwatching guaranteed. The Ospreys will be back on site, waterfowl will be in abundance and many spring migrants will add to the mix. A great time of year to visit and certain to be a popular trip. Meet at 7am at Bournside for the coach.

    Monday April 23rd - Lower Lode, Tewkesbury. Meet at Lower Lode car park. A fairly level walk around this area near the River Severn including woodland and farmland. It should offer the opportunity to see both resident and migrant species. Meet at 7pm at Grid Reference SO881316 

    Monday April 30th - Westwood near Charlton Abbots. Take the A40 to Andoversford then turn up the A436. Take first left signed for Brockhampton and follow this for about 3 miles towards Winchcombe. As you approach Charlton Abbots and just after the crossroads turn left into 'New Buildings' where you can park. A circular walk around West Wood for farmland and woodland birds. Meet at 7pm at Grid Reference SP032240

    Sunday May 6th - Coombe Hill for a Dawn Chorus. From Cheltenham take the A4019 until it meets the A38 at the traffic lights. Continue straight over down narrow road to the car park at the bottom. We hope to hear and see Cuckoo, Reed and Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Whitethroat and many more. Meet at 5am at Grid Reference SO887272

    Monday May 7th - Witcombe Reservoir. From Cheltenham take the A46 to the Brockworth Roundabout. At the Toby Carvery turn left and after a quarter of a mile look for the sign for the Roman Villa on your right. Turn up here. A short walk from the car park near the Villa down to the Reservoir for farmland and waterbirds. Meet at 7pm at Grid Reference SO896156

    Monday May 21st - Condicote. Turn off the B4077 to Condicote and meet at the Village Green. A long overdue return visit to this location where we may see Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and Grey Partridge. Meet at 7pm at Grid Reference SP152283

    Saturday May 26th – RSPB Lakenheath. In the last couple of years we have had a long trip by minibus to new sites and for 2018 we shall try the newish RSPB reserve at Lakenheath. This is a huge RSPB wetland site in Cambridgeshire (created from carrot fields) with Common Cranes, Marsh Harriers, Bittern and many other species. Travel will be by minibus with a 7am start from Bournside School. Booking essential.

    Sunday June 10th – The Wiltshire Downs.  Recent visits to this area have been hugely enjoyable with Quail (not seen!), Curlew, Redstart, Corn Bunting and Cuckoo as well as numerous Butterflies and Wildflowers. A relaxed trip travelling by shared car leaving Bournside at 8am.

    Saturday June 30th - Forest of Dean. Meet at the Coop Supermarket in Dockham Road, Cinderford. This is our traditional final evening walk of the season for Nightjar, Woodcock and other typical species of the area. Don't forget to bring your insect repellent!. Meet at 7pm at Grid Reference SO658140

    July 7th 2018 –  We have organised a Club trip to the Osprey Centre in West Wales. Assuming the birds will be onsite this date should be very close to fledging day. We will hope for stunning views of these iconic birds plus Kites aplenty on site and on the journey and we can combine with other sites to make a great day. Travel will be by minibus with a 7am start from Bournside School. Booking essential.

    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.