Botany Walks

Cam Valley Wildlife Group botany walks 2021

The 2021 botany walks are over for the year. They will resume in 2022. Contact Helena Crouch for more information on any of the walks

Email: helenacrouch@sky.com

All walks are on Wednesday evenings, meeting at 7pm.

For the first two walks, numbers are limited to SIX participants so it is essential to book with Helena by phone, text or email.

Wed 5 May SILVER STREET NATURE RESERVE [6653]

Meet at the entrance to Silver Street Nature Reserve, which is off Silver Street, down the footpath just below the restored Midsomer Norton South railway station (ST664537). Park locally and walk to the site.

Wed 12 May AMMERDOWN [7153]

Park and meet at Terry Hill crossroads (ST715533). Leave Radstock on A362, turn R at crossroads, onto B3139. Parking is immediately on L after turn.

From 17th May, hopefully restrictions will be eased and up to 30 can meet outside, but please check Government Guidelines and contact Helena if in doubt.

Wed 19 May GREYFIELD WOOD [6358]

Meet at the large tree at the start of the track to Greyfield Wood (ST639586). Park by the tree, or in Greyfield Road, or by the main entrance to the wood.

Wed 26 May FOLLY HILL, MIDSOMER NORTON [6553]

Park locally and meet in Clapton Road (ST655539) at the start of the footpath leading up to Folly Hill.

Wed 2 Jun LOWER PEASEDOWN TO CARLINGCOTT [6957, 6958]

Meet at the gate to the church (ST698575), having parked nearby. From Radstock, take the A367 and turn L into Peasedown St John just before the start of the bypass. Take the second on the L (Church Road). The church is on the Right.

Wed 9 Jun MIDFORD TO MONKTON COMBE [7661]

Park in Midford and meet at the crossroads of small lanes (ST759608) – it is possible to park up the NW lane from here. A long evening walk along the Two Tunnels Greenway (not through the tunnels!), down to Monkton Combe and back along the Limestone Link.

Wed 16 Jun FOLLY FARM [6060]

An excursion to explore this Avon Wildlife Trust reserve. Meet in the reserve car park (ST606604). To reach Folly Farm, take the A37 N towards Bristol. At the Chelwood roundabout, turn L on the A368 towards Bishop Sutton. The turning to Folly Farm is on the L after about 2 miles. A little way along the lane, turn L into the reserve and follow the road to the car park.

Wed 23 Jun HINTON CHARTERHOUSE TO TWINHOEFORD WOOD [7658]

Park where possible in Hinton Charterhouse and meet at the junction of Wellow Lane and the B3110 (ST771583) for a long summer’s walk.

Wed 30 Jun HOLLOW MARSH MEADOW [6155, 6156]

An evening exploring this SWT Reserve and SSSI. Park and meet in Pitway Lane (ST627556) for a long walk down the lane to the meadow.

Wed 7 Jul EXCURSION TO PRIDDY MINERIES AND STOCKHILL

Meet in the car park at Stockhill (ST548513). An opportunity to see the many rare and special plants of Priddy Mineries, after which we may try to see and hear Nightjars at dusk.

Wed 14 Jul COMBE HAY [7359]

Park and meet on south side of road leading down into village from the west (ST730599) for a walk to the north of the village.

Wed 21 Jul PAULTON – BRITTEN’S HILL TO PAULTON BASIN [6557] Park locally, eg on Britten’s Hill and meet by the footpath leading E along Brittens (ST656567), for a walk down to Paulton Basin.

Wed 28 Jul WELLOW TO TWINHOE [7458, 7459]

Park and meet by the Church in Wellow (ST741583) for a walk to the north of the village.

Wed 4 Aug NEW ROCK AND DOWNSIDE [6450, 6550]

Park in Chilcompton and meet at the junction of Rock Road and Abbey Road (ST647509) to explore the coal tip and surroundings.

Wed 11 Aug FARRINGTON GURNEY TO HALLATROW [6355, 6356]

Park and meet in the old village hall car park, opposite the school in Church Lane (ST631556) for a walk across fields towards Hallatrow.

Wed 18 Aug MIDSOMER NORTON TOWN PARK [6654, 6754]

Park locally and meet at The Somer Centre at the end of Gullick Tyning (ST668543) for a walk in the new Town Park alongside the River Somer.

Wed 25 Aug WESTFIELD [6753]

Park in Westfield Trading Estate and meet at the junction of First Avenue and Second Avenue (ST675535) for a short walk.

Wed 1 Sep BRONWEN, PAULTON

All are welcome for botany and drinks in the garden (weather permitting). Please contact Helena if you need directions.