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Share a short wildlife recording?

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 camvalleywildlife@gmail.com.

 

Spring wildlife sightings

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!

Spring White (and Yellow) butterflies – how to tell which is which

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 events under review (Covid 19)

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.

EGM and talk reminder

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.

New CVWG Sightings page posting

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.

CVWG March events update – talk details and moth trapping

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)

At SWALLOW

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, kifill22@hotmail.com or 01761 239092

Timsbury NHG – Wildlife Photographs talk today

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 433013Joshua Harris hare

 

 

 

Talk, 18 Nov – Botanical Treasures of the Mendips by Helena Crouch

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.

Bat, moth and mammal evening at Great Elm Friday and Saturday

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 lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk or phone 07501017686

Event reminder – Herons, early butterflies, Saturday

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).

SWT Fundraising evening, late March.

Cuckoos and Corncrakes
Thursday, 28 March @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Cheese and Grain, Market Yd, Justice Ln, Frome BA11 1BE

Open your ears to the fascinating world of birdsong, brought to you by well- known Tweet of the Day authors Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Find out more >> http://www.cheeseandgrain.com/event/cuckoos-and-corncrakes-somerset-wildlife-trust/

Upcoming talks in March – 18th and 20th

Wednesday 20 March 2019

7.30pm Talk “The Swift – a life on the wing” by Peter Bright

Peter has been watching swifts nest in his Mendip house since 2006.

Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. CVWG Members £2, (non-members: £3)

At SWALLOW – see directions on CVWG events programme

Contact: Judy on 07460 278311 or judy@swallowcharity.org.

Monday 18th March

7.30 pm talk about trees, “Shady side of town” by Adrian Lawson

At Conygre Hall, North Road,Timsbury BA2 0JQ

Refreshments and raffle. Visitors welcome £3.00

Contact: Rod Bruce [Secretary, Timsbury Natural History Group] on 01761 433013

Talk reminder – Tree sparrows, Wednesday

Wednesday 20 February 2019

7.30pm Talk on Stourhead’s tree sparrow project by Tamsin Holmes of National Trust

Tree Sparrows declined in the UK by 95% between 1970 and 2000. Tamsin Holmes of the National Trust will tell us about their project to encourage the revival of this endangered species.

Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Members £2, (non-members: £3)

At SWALLOW – see directions on CVWG events programme

Colliers Way workday

Colliers Way volunteers are holding a workday on Thursday 21st February with some Frome volunteers at Conduit Bridge Orchard with the purpose of clearing brambles around the apple trees.  10.00am start, finish about 4.00 pm. Numbers are an issue, so if you wish to join the Colliers Way workdays it is essential that you email lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk to arrange. Ensure you bring gloves, some eye protection and lunch.

Talk – Urban gulls, 18 Feb, Timsbury

Coming up – Timsbury Natural History Group talk, “Urban gulls”, by Peter Rock

Sometimes a controversial subject, Peter Rock will explore the reasons behind their liking for city-centre living.

7.30 pm Monday 18th February

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

February talk for your diary

Wednesday 20 February 2019

7.30pm Talk on Stourhead’s tree sparrow project by Tamsin Holmes of National Trust

Tree Sparrows declined in the UK by 95% between 1970 and 2000. Tamsin Holmes of the National Trust will tell us about their project to encourage the revival of this endangered species.

Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Members £2, (non-members: £3)

At SWALLOW – see directions on CVWG events programme