Upcoming talks in March – 18th and 20th

Wednesday 20 March 2019

7.30pm Talk “The Swift – a life on the wing” by Peter Bright

Peter has been watching swifts nest in his Mendip house since 2006.

Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. CVWG Members £2, (non-members: £3)

At SWALLOW – see directions on CVWG events programme

Contact: Judy on 07460 278311 or judy@swallowcharity.org.

Monday 18th March

7.30 pm talk about trees, “Shady side of town” by Adrian Lawson

At Conygre Hall, North Road,Timsbury BA2 0JQ

Refreshments and raffle. Visitors welcome £3.00

Contact: Rod Bruce [Secretary, Timsbury Natural History Group] on 01761 433013

Talk reminder – Tree sparrows, Wednesday

Wednesday 20 February 2019

7.30pm Talk on Stourhead’s tree sparrow project by Tamsin Holmes of National Trust

Tree Sparrows declined in the UK by 95% between 1970 and 2000. Tamsin Holmes of the National Trust will tell us about their project to encourage the revival of this endangered species.

Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Members £2, (non-members: £3)

At SWALLOW – see directions on CVWG events programme

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.

Talk – Urban gulls, 18 Feb, Timsbury

Coming up – Timsbury Natural History Group talk, “Urban gulls”, by Peter Rock

Sometimes a controversial subject, Peter Rock will explore the reasons behind their liking for city-centre living.

7.30 pm Monday 18th February

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

February talk for your diary

Wednesday 20 February 2019

7.30pm Talk on Stourhead’s tree sparrow project by Tamsin Holmes of National Trust

Tree Sparrows declined in the UK by 95% between 1970 and 2000. Tamsin Holmes of the National Trust will tell us about their project to encourage the revival of this endangered species.

Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Members £2, (non-members: £3)

At SWALLOW – see directions on CVWG events programme

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.

AGM reminder – December 5th

There will be seasonal refreshments (mulled wine/juice & mince pies) from 7.30pm at Swallow on 5th December, followed by short AGM.  Then Diana will be talking about her wildlife encounters during the year. Please also bring along your own photos from the past year. Direction to Swallow are at the bottom of the CVWG Events programme.

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

Reminder about tonight’s talk on the wildlife of the coal canal

CVWG is hosting a talk about the wildlife of the Somerset Coal Canal tonight at Swallow, Missomer Norton. Coffee & cake from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm. Members £2, (non-members £3) For details and directions to Swallow, see https://cvwg.org.uk/cam-valley-wildlife-group-events/events-programme/

November talks in Midsomer Norton and Timsbury

CVWG is hosting a talk, “Standing up for Trees” by Owen Rogers of Woodland Trust, at Swallow on Wednesday 14th November at 7.30 pm (see https://cvwg.org.uk/cam-valley-wildlife-group-events/events-programme/).

Timsbury Natural History Society is hosting a talk at the Conygre Hall Monday 19th November about a birding journey through Spain. See https://cvwg.org.uk/cam-valley-wildlife-group-events/ for details.

CVWG Winter newsletter posted on the website

The spring 2018 newsletter is now out and the Winter newsletterhttps://cvwg.org.uk/cam-valley-wildlife-group-newsletter/ has been posted on our website – a mixture of business and pleasure including an AGM report and a Spring Mining bee identification piece

 

Bat event tomorrow, 26th May.

Talk with live bats followed by a walk with bat detectors around Wellow village finishing at a greater and lesser horseshoe roost, for the Festival of Nature and the Avon Bat Group. 26th of May at 7pm. Contact Jo McKerr – Mob: 07957 246150; Tel: 01225 833748; joannamckerr@gmail.com

Extra event – 2018 New Year’s Day Walk

2018 New Year’s Day Walk

Leader: Diana Walker

Meet: 2 pm at the entrance to Grovewood Road, Haydon, Radstock, BA3 3QZ

A gentle walk from Haydon into Radstock and along the valley to Haydon Batch, then back to Diana’s house for tea and cakes at about 3.30 pm. The route will be a bit muddy so she recommends that you wear boots and have a walking stick might be helpful. The steepest part of the walk will be down hill from Haydon

Contact: Diana Walker on 01761 433688 or dianawalker4@gmail.com

Langford Lakes nature reserve trip report – ducks, swans, waders and grebes

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.

Butterfly transect walk on 13th May

Just a reminder that Phil Hall, who gave the Five-year Buterfly Hunt talk, is leading a live transect survey on Saturday 13th May from Single Hill to Stony Littleton and back (about 1 hour) followed by another site survey. See Events programme for more information.

Sightings – skylarks, grey wagtails, dippers and more

Recent sightings by Judy Hampshire:

Sunday 26 March, 5.30pm above White City, Welton: skylarks fluttering and singing.

Monday 27 March: between 8.30 and 9am: Pair of grey wagtails, and dipper on Wellow Brook at Welton. (One morning last week, I saw a pair of dippers there but usually only see one at a time.) A wren accompanied me up the footpath at back of MN leisure centre car park, then on the broadwalk at back of Sun Chemical I saw a female goldcrest. ( A few weeks ago I saw a male goldcrest at the same spot, who actually hopped towards me along the metal fence, until it was level with my head! A magical moment!)

 

CVWG Botany Walks start on 5th April

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.

This Sunday – Chew Valley Lake to see Great Crested Grebes

CVWG event – Chew Valley lake on Sunday 19th March. We hope to see the grebes doing their famous mating dance. Meet outside the “Salt & Malt” café, junction of Walley Lane & Denny Lane, Chew Stoke, BS40 8XS at 11am. Parking costs £2 for the day. Please contact Judy for more information/car share.

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Sighting – Marsh tit pair

On the afternoon of 24th February, Stephen and I saw a pair of Marsh tits calling and displaying in woodland to the north of the bridleway between Radstock Sewage Works bridge and Lower Writhlington. The male was calling strongly and displaying to the female, who twittered and shook in food-begging mode.