Do river fish, spiders, plants, galls, bees, hedgehogs or members photos interest you? The Winter 2021 Cam Valley Wildlife Group Newsletter has all of these and more in a bumper 12 pages for your delight!
The Summer 2020 Newsletter was a bumper addition, with members’ photos, an article about our Botany Walks (21 years of walks, now!) and a 2020 update on the Barn Owl Project (going over 25 years now!). The Spring 2020 and 2019 newsletters now download direct from our site for your convenience. Older newsletters (back to 2013) still download via a file hosting service.
We have had a few people mention seeing a Peregrine about the Cam Valley Wildlife Group area as well as other birds of prey – see the Sightings page for latest. Have you seen any birds of prey that look a bit diffrent near you?
Reports of Ivy Bees, Colletes Hederae, in Paulton and Radstock have come in. Have you seen any in your area? For images of Ivy bees and information about them, see Newsletters 87and 93 in the Back Copies listing at https://cvwg.org.uk/cam-valley-wildlife-group-newsletter/
Sightings reported from May, July and August have been added to our sightings page. It includes birds, mammals, plants, reptiles and insects. We would love to make reporting sightings more of a feature. Do you have any further sightings to add? Do you know someone who has? Perhaps you would like to post your own sightings on the blog!
Summer/Autumn 2020 relaunch!
Cam Valley Wildlife Group is excited to be starting activities again. As numbers need to be limited within Government guidelines, we have a wide array of events for you and you will need to book – for details, please see our Events Programme page. To download a copy, click Events for 2020 (Summer & Autumn). The first event is an insect event on Haydon Batch starting at 10.30 am
Our Autumn 2019 Newsletter is now posted on the website – pond life, hornets and Cam Valley Wildlife Group members’ sightings, along with a substantial list of interesting books for distribution that is well worth a look.
Hello, CVWG blog follower.
With noise greately reduced in many places, perhaps you have heard wildlife sounds that you do not normally hear, or hear so well as right now. We are interested in short nature sound recordings you may have made at home (say up to a minute in length) for posting on the website and sharing. If you would like to take part, please send us your recording or let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring is hotting up, and with it the birds, reptiles and insects. We have just posted some March sightings from Welton, Carlingcott and Radstock. If you have wildlife sightings to share from your patch (or elsewhere), you might like to send them in to add to those already there!
Have you been seeing white, yellow and green-ish butterflies flittting past and wondered which was which? Well, help may be at hand. Although some of the ‘Whites and Yellows’ are more obvious (such as Brimstone and Orange-tip males, some of this family, especially the females, can be tricky to tell apart. If you have ever been confused about whether it’s a Large or Small White, or whether its a Small White, Green-veined White or female Orange-tip, we may have what you’re looking for on our new Insect Information page.
CVWG is currently monitoring the coronavirus Covid 19 situation regarding its programme of events. For trips and talks please check with Judy beforehand, on a case-by-case basis; for insect events and workdays, please check beforehand with the event leader. Contact details are given on the Events programme page. We will post details of the 2020 Botany Walks programme for April to September when they are available.
Wednesday 18 March 2020 – CVWG Talk
Whales, Dolphins and Seabirds off the South West Coast
Tom Brereton of Marine Life
Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm.
Members £2 (non-members £3)
Timsbury Natural History Group Talk
John Bebbington will be talking about “Moths / camouflage / photography”
Monday 16th March, 7.30pm
Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ
Visitors welcome £3.00. Refreshments and raffle.
For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Secretary] on 01761 433013
Timsbury Natural History Group talk
Ed Drewitt will be talking about “Madagascar”
7.30pm Monday 17th February
Conygre Hall, North Road,Timsbury BA2 0JQ
Visitors welcome £3.00. Refreshments and raffle
For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Chairman] on 01761 433013
Wednesday 19th February 7.30pm
Re-wilding, a talk by Stephen Parker of Natural England
A controversial topic, which will be illustrated with examples from both Britain and Europe, such as reintroduction of beavers.
At SWALLOW, Midsomer Norton – for directions see CVWG Events Programme
Unfortunately, the AGM business could not be completed on 4th December, so the presentation of the proposed Coordinating Team and members’ vote will take place at 7.00 pm at SWALLOW, Old Engine House, Old Pit Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4BQ on Wednesday 19th February. The scheduled talk on re-wilding by Stephen Parker of Natural England will take place at the same venue at 7.30 pm. For directions, see CVWG Events programme page.
The first sightings of 2020 have been sent in to us by a member. Have you seen some wildlife in our area that you would like us to know about? Please state the locations and date of any sightings you send in and if you would like it posted on the website, let us know anything you wish posted with it, such as your name or some text.
Talk on Wednesday 18th March
Whales, Dolphins and Seabirds off the South West Coast
by Tom Brereton of Marine Life
Coffee & cake from 7.30 pm, talk 8 pm
Members £2 (non-members £3)
Contact details: Judy on 07460 278311 (phone or text)
Moth trapping with Chris Iles on Haydon Batch
Three-hour session starting at 6 .00 pm
Chris hopes that the event will coincide with the opening of the Spring Sallow blossom
The entrance to Haydon Batch is next to the Haydon Allotments and Haydon Village Hall (Haydon Cue & Social Club), Kilmersdon Rd, Haydon, Radstock, BA3 2DQ.
Contact: Chris, email@example.com or 01761 239092
Timsbury Natural History Group event, Monday December 16th at 7.30pm, Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ. Cambridge University student Joshua Harris will give a talk about the wildlife photographs he has taken. Non-members welcome . Admittance £3. For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Secretary] on 01761 433013
Copies of the latest edition of the Avon Bird Report, the edition for 2018, are available from the editor, Harvey Rose, at Arncliffe, Coast Road, Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW for £11.50 including postage. Cheques should be made out to AOG. [Cover photo, Spotted Redshank]
Timsbury Natural History Group is hosting ‘Botanical Treasures of the Mendips’, a talk by Helena Crouch at 7.30 pm on Monday 18th November at Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ. Visitors welcome £3.00. Refreshments and raffle. For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Secretary] on 01761 433013. Helena is a North Somerset County Recorder. For poster, click here.
Talk reminder for Wednesday 13 November 2019
7.30pm Talk on the wildlife of our canals & rivers by
Laura Mullholland, ecologist at Canal & River Trust
Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Members £2, (non-members: £3)
Andy Daw will be talking about Orchid Adventures – searching for all the British Orchid Species. 7.30 pm Monday 21st October, Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ. Visitors welcome £3.00. Refreshments and raffle
On Friday evening, 27th, and Saturday morning, 28th there is a bat walk, mammal trapping and moth trapping event at Buckland Bridge, Great Elm. On Saturday morning people will be having a look at what was found.
To book a place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07501017686
Saturday 27th April 2019
Herons and early butterflies at RSPB Swell Wood, A378 near Langport, TA3 6PX.
Meet at 11.00 am in the RSPB car park.
We will aim to car share as much as possible as limited parking. Please bring packed lunch.
If you need any more information about this please contact Judy (details at the bottom of our Events programme).
We have been contacted by someone with too many tadpoles, offering to give some to people who may wish to put them into a pond without fish. If you are interested, we can put you in touch. Please us the contact page if you are interested.
The CVWG 2019 programme of Botany Walks starts on Wednesday 3rd April. Details are on the website (link). The walks programme can also be downloaded from there. Everyone welcome. Please lift share whenever possible.