RiverBlitz, Midsomer Norton, 16 Jul

RiverBlitz Citizen Science Event, Midsomer Norton

On Saturday 16th July, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) will host a Citizen Science event between 10am  &  2pm at Midsomer Norton Town Park, BA3 2UH. as part of their ‘RiverBlitz’ between 11th – 18th July. There will be an opportunity to collect a free water testing kit and to ask the BART team any questions about our rivers that you might have.

Botany walk, Cameley, Wednesday 13 July

The next Cam Valley Wildlife Group event is an evening botany walk led by Helena Crouch, the North Somerset County Recorder for flora.

Wed 13 Jul CAMELEY AND NANNY HURN’S LANE [6157, 6058, 6057]

Meet at 7 pm on the verge past Cameley Lodge (ST608575) for a walk on the hills north of Cameley. Either park here or by the church – we will return past the church.

Please mail Helena for more information about the walk: helenacrouch@sky.com

CVWG Newsletter 102

Wildlife in Coleford, Nature Notes, hedgehogs and more feature in the Cam Valley Wildlife Group spring 2022 newsletter, just posted on our website.

https://cvwg.org.uk/cam-valley-wildlife-group-newsletter/

Rescheduled talk, High Littelton, 23 June

The talk, Beautiful Burial Grounds for Biodiveristy, by Helena Crouch has been moved to 23rd June. The talk will be on the flora of High Littleton churchyard and cemetery and their management for biodiversity.

Venue: High Littleton Church Hall, 7.30pm – 9 pm. Free entry

Timsbury Nats change of talk tonight

The scheduled talk at the Conygre Hall has been changed due to unforseen circumstances. Andy Daw is kindly stepping in with “Drawing on Nature – a passion for paper” Conygre Hall, North Rd, Timsbury, BA2 0JQ, 7.30 pm. Visitors Welcome, £3.00. Further info: Mike Bailey, 01761 471000.

CVWG Botany Programme info error – wrong programme details posted!

Apologies from website admin. Unfortunately, an error occurred and the 2021 programme was posted on our web page. Also, the wrong start date and location was sent out. The programme for download was correct, fortunately.

The first walk takes place in the Midsomer Norton Enterprise Park on Wedensday 6th April. See website for details or download the programme here.

CVWG botany walks programme posted

The Cam Valley Wildlife Group weekly botany walks, led by Helena Crouch, North Somerset County Recorder for flora, will start with Silver Street Nature Reserve on 5th May 2022. All walks are on Wednesday evenings, meeting at 7 pm. All are welcome. Information and contact details @ Botany Walks

Talk, 28 April, High Littleton – Beautiful Burial Grounds for Biodiversity

High Littelton and Hallatrow Environmental Group is hosting a talk by local botanist Helena Crouch on the flora of High Littelton churchyard and cemetery and their management for biodiversity. Thursday 28th April, 7.30 – 9pm @ High Litteton Church Hall. Free entry. Refreshments available.

Timsbury Nats talk, 18 April, Mallorca birding journey

“A Birding Journey around Mallorca” – a talk by Len Clark at the Conygre Hall, North Rd, Timsbury, BA2 0JQ, at 7.30 pm, Monday 18th April 2022. Visitors welcome. Refreshments and raffle. For further information, please contact Mike Bailey on 01761 471000

CVWG visit – Herons near Langport, 4 April

Monday 4 April 2022 – Herons at Swell Wood

Our next programmed event is a visit to the RSPB reserve on A378 near Langport, TA3 6PX. Meet in the car park at 11am. Weather dependent so please check with Judy beforehand: 07460 278311.

Reminder – Amphibians and Reptiles talk 2nd March, Radstock

John Dickson of the Reptile and Amphibian Group for Somerset will be talking about the group’s activities. The Reptile and Amphibian Group for Somerset (RAGS) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the interests ofwild, native reptiles and amphibians across Somerset and forms part of the national ARG-UK network.

Radstock Working Men’s Club, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Bar with hot/cold drinks. Please park in the town car park next door (behind the library).

Talk on moths, Timsbury 14th March

MOTHS – Small Creatures surviving in a Big World

A talk by Mike Bailey hosted by Timsbury Natural History Group

Monday 14th March 2022, 7.30pm

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

Amphibian & Reptile Talk, Radstock

Wednesday 2 March – Talk: Amphibians & Reptiles

Cam Valley Wildlife Group Event. John Dickson of the Reptile and Amphibian Group for Somerset will be talking about the group’s activities. The Reptile and Amphibian Group for Somerset (RAGS) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the interests ofwild, native reptiles and amphibians across Somerset and forms part of the national ARG-UK network.

Radstock Working Men’s Club, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Bar with hot/cold drinks. Please park in the town car park next door (behind the library).

Talk tonight, 17th, in Timsbury – moths butterflies and more

‘Night and Day in the Spanish Pyrenees’ – a talk by Andy Daw. Hosted by Timsbury Natural History Group. Monday 17th January at 7.30pm. The venue is the Conygre Hall in Timsbury and admittance is £3. 

Ferns of Somerset talk, 15 Nov, Timsbury

Timsbury Natural History Group is hosting a talk, The Ferns of Somerset, by Helena Crouch

7.30pm on Monday 15thNovember2021

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

Hedgehog talk, Ston Easton, 17th Nov

The Mendip Gardening Club is hosting a talk by Colin Varndell – The Hedgehog Predicament – at Ston Easton Village Hall on Wednesday 17th November at 7.30 pm. Refreshments are available. Visitors and new members welcome. Contact: Joanne, 01761 453654. For a poster, click here.

Reminder – Canal & River Trust talk tonight, 3 Nov, Radstock

Cam Valley Wildlife Group talk: Laura Mulholland from The Canal and River Trust is giving a talk tonight entitled ‘Wildlife on our Canals and Rivers, 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start at the Working Men’s Club, Radstock. £2 members , £3 non-members. Parking is in the car park behind the library.

Beaver Project Talk 18th October

CVWG is pleased to inform you that Timsbury Natural History Group is hosting a Beaver Project Talk by Joshua Harris

7.30pm, Monday 18th October 2021 at the Conygre Hall, North Road,Timsbury BA2 0JQ. Refreshments and raffle. Visitors welcome. £3.00

Talk to be followed by a brief AGM. For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Secretary] on 01761 433013

Whale and Dolphin talk 6th October

Bernard Purier will be giving a talk, ‘Whales and Dolphins – ‘A look into their World’, on behalf of Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Venue: Radstock Working Men’s Club. Park in the car park behind the library in Radstock. Entrance is £2.00 for CVWG members and £3.00 for non-members. For poster, click here. For the Cam Valley Wildlife Group Events programme, click here.

CVWG Events programme

The Cam Valley Wildlife Group Autumn Events Programme has been posted on our website. The first event is an early autumn butterfly and invertebrate walk on Haydon Batch, Radstock on 19th September – see the programme for details

Ospreys at Chew Valley

We have been sent a report and photos of three Ospreys around Chew Valley Lake. The lake is just west of the CVWG area. Osprey is a scarce passage migrant that sometimes hangs around at Chew Valley Lake area into Autumn, so it’s one to look out for right now.

Timsbury Nats talks Sept – Nov

Timsbury Natural History Group is now holding talks again at the Conygre Hall, Timsbury:

20th September, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Brian Plant

18th October, The Beaver Reintroduction. Joshua Harris

15 November. The Ferns of Somerset. Helena Crouch


The group can be contacted through its Secretary, Rod Bruce, on 01761 433013.

Haydon moth trapping Saturday – postcode correction

31 July Moth trapping on Haydon Batch

We will be running moth traps from dusk for a number of hours at Haydon Batch and will have an expert (or two!) on hand to identify what we see and check the trap contents. The moths will be released either at the time or the next evening.

All are welcome.

The entrance to Haydon Batch is next to the Haydon Allotments and Haydon Village Hall (Haydon Cue & Social Club), Kilmersdon Rd, Haydon, Radstock, BA3 3QR.

Contact details: camvalleywildlife@gmail.com or phone 01761 435563

Moth survey on Haydon Batch

31 July Moth trapping on Haydon Batch

We will be running moth traps from dusk for a number of hours at Haydon Batch and will have an expert (or two!) on hand to identify what we see and check the trap contents. The moths will be released either at the time or the next evening.

All are welcome. The Event is subject to Government Guidelines on Covid-19.

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 details: camvalleywildlife@gmail.com or phone 01761 435563

CVWG Newsletter 97 posted

Do river fish, spiders, plants, galls, bees, hedgehogs or members photos interest you? The Winter 2021 Cam Valley Wildlife Group Newsletter has all of these and more in a bumper 12 pages for your delight!

CVWG Summer 2020 Newsletter posted

The Summer 2020 Newsletter was a bumper addition, with members’ photos, an article about our Botany Walks (21 years of walks, now!) and a 2020 update on the Barn Owl Project (going over 25 years now!). The Spring 2020 and 2019 newsletters now download direct from our site for your convenience. Older newsletters (back to 2013) still download via a file hosting service.

Peregrines, Hobbies and other birds of prey – sightings

We have had a few people mention seeing a Peregrine about the Cam Valley Wildlife Group area as well as other birds of prey – see the Sightings page for latest. Have you seen any birds of prey that look a bit diffrent near you?

Ivy Bees about!

Reports of Ivy Bees, Colletes Hederae, in Paulton and Radstock have come in. Have you seen any in your area? For images of Ivy bees and information about them, see Newsletters 87and 93 in the Back Copies listing at https://cvwg.org.uk/cam-valley-wildlife-group-newsletter/

May to August Sightings in the CVWG area

Sightings reported from May, July and August have been added to our sightings page. It includes birds, mammals, plants, reptiles and insects. We would love to make reporting sightings more of a feature. Do you have any further sightings to add? Do you know someone who has? Perhaps you would like to post your own sightings on the blog!

CVWG Events Relaunch 2020 starts tomorrow on Haydon Batch

Summer/Autumn 2020 relaunch!

Cam Valley Wildlife Group  is excited to be starting activities again. As numbers need to be limited within Government guidelines, we have a wide array of events for you and you will need to book – for details, please see our Events Programme page. To download a copy, click Events for 2020 (Summer & Autumn). The first event is an insect event on Haydon Batch starting at 10.30 am

Check out the CVWG Newsletter 93

Why not check out the Cam Valley Wildlife Group Winter 2019 Newsletter on our website? The Spring 2020 Newsletter will replace it before long, so now would be a good time to have a look!

CVWG Newsletter 92 posted

Our Autumn 2019 Newsletter is now posted on the website – pond life, hornets and Cam Valley Wildlife Group members’ sightings, along with a substantial list of interesting books for distribution that is well worth a look.

 

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.