The Cam Valley Wildlife Group Autumn 2020 newsletter features members’ photos alongside information, articles and other member contributions.
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.
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/
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!
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Spring is hotting up, and with it the birds, reptiles and insects. We have just posted some March sightings from Welton, Carlingcott and Radstock. If you have wildlife sightings to share from your patch (or elsewhere), you might like to send them in to add to those already there!
Have you been seeing white, yellow and green-ish butterflies flittting past and wondered which was which? Well, help may be at hand. Although some of the ‘Whites and Yellows’ are more obvious (such as Brimstone and Orange-tip males, some of this family, especially the females, can be tricky to tell apart. If you have ever been confused about whether it’s a Large or Small White, or whether its a Small White, Green-veined White or female Orange-tip, we may have what you’re looking for on our new Insect Information page.
CVWG is currently monitoring the coronavirus Covid 19 situation regarding its programme of events. For trips and talks please check with Judy beforehand, on a case-by-case basis; for insect events and workdays, please check beforehand with the event leader. Contact details are given on the Events programme page. We will post details of the 2020 Botany Walks programme for April to September when they are available.
Unfortunately, the AGM business could not be completed on 4th December, so the presentation of the proposed Coordinating Team and members’ vote will take place at 7.00 pm at SWALLOW, Old Engine House, Old Pit Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4BQ on Wednesday 19th February. The scheduled talk on re-wilding by Stephen Parker of Natural England will take place at the same venue at 7.30 pm. For directions, see CVWG Events programme page.
Timsbury Natural History Group event, Monday December 16th at 7.30pm, Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ. Cambridge University student Joshua Harris will give a talk about the wildlife photographs he has taken. Non-members welcome . Admittance £3. For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Secretary] on 01761 433013
Copies of the latest edition of the Avon Bird Report, the edition for 2018, are available from the editor, Harvey Rose, at Arncliffe, Coast Road, Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW for £11.50 including postage. Cheques should be made out to AOG. [Cover photo, Spotted Redshank]
Andy Daw will be talking about Orchid Adventures – searching for all the British Orchid Species. 7.30 pm Monday 21st October, Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ. Visitors welcome £3.00. Refreshments and raffle
On Friday evening, 27th, and Saturday morning, 28th there is a bat walk, mammal trapping and moth trapping event at Buckland Bridge, Great Elm. On Saturday morning people will be having a look at what was found.
To book a place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07501017686
The CVWG 2019 programme of Botany Walks starts on Wednesday 3rd April. Details are on the website (link). The walks programme can also be downloaded from there. Everyone welcome. Please lift share whenever possible.
Colliers Way volunteers are holding a workday on Thursday 21st February with some Frome volunteers at Conduit Bridge Orchard with the purpose of clearing brambles around the apple trees. 10.00am start, finish about 4.00 pm. Numbers are an issue, so if you wish to join the Colliers Way workdays it is essential that you email email@example.com to arrange. Ensure you bring gloves, some eye protection and lunch.
Toad Patrollers and anyone interested in toads are invited to a summit at Meeting House, York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG from 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm on Saturday 26 January 2019. For further info about toad patrols in the area, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 5 December 2018 – CVWG AGM update
Joshua Harris, local wildlife photographer and aspiring cameraman, will be giving an illustrated talk tonight at the AGM at Swallow (see CVWG events page for directions).
Seasonal refreshments (mulled wine/juice & mince pies) from 7.30pm, followed by short AGM and talks by Diana Walker and Joshua Harris. No charge.
The Woodland Trust are not able to provide a speaker as planned, unfortunately, and it has not been possible to find a replacement external speaker. However, Helena Crouch, the North Somerset Recorder for Flora, has very kindly agreed to provide us with a talk on Flora of the Cam Valley. Thanks to Helena, for coming to the rescue!
Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm.
Venue: SWALLOW, Old Engine House, Old Pit Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4BQ
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. For a short report and lovely photos of Great crested grebes, please visit our Events page.
The 2017 CVWG Botany Walks programme is now available via our Events page. The first walk of the season is in Radstock at Waterside. Park in Radstock and meet at St Nicholas Church (ST688546) for a short walk beside the stream. Start time 7 pm. Lift share is encouraged and all are welcome. Contact details are on the programme.
We have added a Q&A category to our message board, so if you want to ask a question there are two options:
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