Cam Valley Wildlife Group Events to March 2018
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 March 2018. Alternatively, it 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 4th April to 5th September. Lift-sharing is encouraged and everyone is welcome. The 2017 programme is posted on our Botany Walks page. The 2018 programme will be posted when ready and will also be available to download 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 February 2018 events programme, please click here.
Event Report – CVWG visit to Birds of Prey Centre
Members of Cam Valley Wildlife Group recently went along to an Open Day at the North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre in Congresbury. We were particularly impressed by the large number of different owls at the Centre, including some very beautiful and unusual ones. The flying display in the afternoon gave Members an opportunity to take photos of the birds in flight, before the rain came down.
We were also pleased to enjoy the shelter of the tropical Butterfly House next door, where brightly coloured butterflies delight visitors – one even landing on the head of one of our Members! A really enjoyable day out, especially as there is an excellent café next door.
Owl photos by Gary Kingman. Butterfly photo by Mike Baker
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.
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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!