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

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.

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.

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.


Spring wildlife sightings

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!

Spring White (and Yellow) butterflies – how to tell which is which

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 events under review (Covid 19)

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.

EGM and talk reminder

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 NHG – Wildlife Photographs talk today

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 433013Joshua Harris hare




Avon Bird Report out now

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]


Bat, moth and mammal evening at Great Elm Friday and Saturday

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 lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk or phone 07501017686

Cam Valley Wildlife Group Botany Walks programme 2019 on website

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 workday

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 lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk to arrange. Ensure you bring gloves, some eye protection and lunch.

Mini Toad Summit in Bath on January 26th

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 sheila.gundry@froglife.org

AGM update – Joshua Harris – wildlife photography talk at tonight’s AGM

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.

CVWG talk on flora Wednesday 14th November – replacement speaker

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