Events programme

CVWG Events from April to October 2017

The programme of Events (does not include the weekly Botany Walks) for April to October is set out below and the May-October programme can be downloaded here.

Sunday 30 April 2017
12 noon Langford Lakes reserve, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire. SP3 4PA
OS map 130 Grid ref: SU037370
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Meet at 12 noon in the car park. There is parking and toilets, but no café, so please bring packed lunch. “Nestled in the Wylye Valley between Salisbury and Warminster, Langford Lakes is an ideal place for bird watching. The four lakes provide a vital stopping off point and resident habitat for about 150 different bird species. The reserve has a relaxing atmosphere with good level paths and you can enjoy watching wildfowl from five hides overlooking the lakes. You may even see some rarities, such as osprey. Residents include kingfisher, water rail and gadwall.” Please contact Judy for more information/car share.

Saturday 13 May 2017
2pm – Butterfly walk with Phil Hall in local area.

A live transect survey along Phil’s weekly circular route from Single Hill to Stony Littleton and back (about 1 hour) followed by surveying another site, possibly Braysdown or Cleaves Wood depending on how windy it is. Meet at Shoscombe Village Hall at 2pm. Stout footwear recommended.

Contact Judy for more info/car share.

Sunday 4 June 2017
11.00am – Garden visit to Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood, Axminster, East Devon, EX13 7ET 13 acre garden with lovely naturalistic planting and views. Tea room and nursery.
Contact Anny for more info/car share. 01761 412115 or 07765 402485

Saturday 15 July 2017
11am – Visit to Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve/
Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, near Glastonbury,
Grid ref. ST 425 414 Amongst other things we hope to see the White Admiral butterfly. Meet at 11am in the Centre car park – parking charge payable. Bring lunch. There is a café and craft gallery. Contact Judy for more info/car share.

Sunday 30 July 2017
10.30am – Visit to N Somerset Bird of Prey Centre for their Open Day,
& N Somerset Butterfly House,
Both on Smallway, Congresbury, BS49 5AA (near Cadbury Garden Centre)
Meet at 10.30am at entrance to Bird of Prey Centre, which has over 50 birds
of prey,also foxes, marmosets, raccoons, ferrets, skunks, genets, civits,
coatis, meerkats and many different types of reptiles. Entrance £4.50.
Next door we can also visit the Butterfly House – a tropical greenhouse with
butterflies from around the world. Entrance £5.45.
Lunch/coffees available at Heathers Coffee Shop nearby, or bring picnic.

Saturday 19 August 2017
7pm – supper and Bats at Judys in Welton Summer social in the garden (hopefully; otherwise inside the extension!) I will be providing veggie supper, but please bring a bottle. Peter will have a bat detector, so at dusk we should be able to hear as well as see the bats in the garden. Please contact me if you plan to come, so I know how much food to make.

Owl prowl 2017
Gary is hoping to organise an owl prowl sometime over the summer Details to follow.

Wednesday 18 October 2017
7.30pm – Talk by Tristan Cooper from Secret World wildlife rescue
7.30pm refreshments. Talk at 8pm. Venue: SWALLOW (see venue details

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!

If you need any more information about anything please phone Judy on 07460 278311 or email