Cam Valley Wildlife Group Events to October 2017

Cam Valley Wildlife Group runs a regular programme of events all year round, ranging from walks and conservation activities to talks and social events. Please look at our Events programme page  for group events to October 2017. Alternatively, it can be downloaded here. Our May to October Events Programme can be downloaded here. All event reports are posted below.

We also run a programme of botany walks.  Our Botany Walks are held weekly on Wednesdays at 7 pm and run from 5th April to 6th September.  Lift-sharing is encouraged and everyone is welcome. Please look at our Botany  Walks page for the full programme. Alternatively, you can download it here. Contact details for queries about the walks are on the programmes

The Bath Natural History Society runs a good programme of events. To download their June events programme, please click here.

Event report – Avalon Marshes

The intermittent drizzle on the Avalon Marshes visit on Saturday 15 July didn’t dampen our spirits, but the weather meant that there was no sign of the White Admiral butterfly, although we saw plenty of others: Red Admirals on burdock, and ringlets, small white, gatekeeper and skipper. Swifts and swallows swooped around us as we walked to the reserve from the café. We saw many other birds on this beautiful romantic landscape, including bittern and cormorants flying overhead. Lots and lots of swans, including two families on the drain. On the lakes we saw white egrets, green sandpipers, reed bunting and a great spotted woodpecker perched high on a dead tree.

Event report – Langford Lakes Nature Reserve

Members of Cam Valley Wildlife Group had a trip out of the area on Sunday 30 April to visit the beautiful Langford Lakes nature reserve in the Wylye Valley near Warminster. As well as the usual ducks and swans, we saw a Greenshank, a plover, a Red kite and a flock of Lapwings. Highlight of the day was watching a pair of Great crested grebes building their nest on a fallen log in the water, right in front of us. Mike and Carol were lucky enough to spot a kingfisher, but even this did not stop Mike from bemoaning the fact that he hadn’t seen a snipe! Birders and their lists! We were also able to enjoy tasty home made cakes at a pop-up café in the education centre. Photos of the grebes below were taken by Gary and Diana.


Great crested grebes by  Gary Kingman

Great crested grebe- Diana Walker

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Our venue for indoor meetings: SWALLOW, Old Engine House, Old Pit Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4BQ If coming from Midsomer Norton, go up Silver Street, turn left into Charlton Rd, then at the end go left onto A367 towards Radstock. Go past the row of shops on the left: Fosse Way Co-op store & Whitstones fish & chip shop. About 300yards further, just past zebra crossing and past Buildbase on your right, turn left at the sign for ‘Sun Chemical: opposite the childrens playground/bowling club. This is a single track road – go  along, road curves to the right, and just past the bend is the entrance to SWALLOW (sign on noticeboard at entrance). Go through the gateway and the meeting room is straight ahead on the far left. Plenty of parking. Please note that SatNav may take you astray!