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

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.

Moths/camouflage/photography talk

Timsbury Natural History Group Talk

John Bebbington will be talking about Moths / camouflage / photography”

Monday 16th March, 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

Timsbury Talk reminder

Timsbury Natural History Group talk

Ed Drewitt will be talking about “Madagascar”

7.30pm  Monday 17th February

Conygre Hall, North Road,Timsbury BA2 0JQ

Visitors welcome £3.00.  Refreshments and raffle

For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Chairman] on 01761 433013

Talk reminder – Rewilding

Wednesday 19th February 7.30pm

Re-wilding, a talk by Stephen Parker of Natural England

A controversial topic, which will be illustrated with examples from both Britain and Europe, such as reintroduction of beavers.

At SWALLOW, Midsomer Norton – for directions see CVWG Events Programme

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.

CVWG March events update – talk details and moth trapping

Talk on Wednesday 18th March

Whales, Dolphins and Seabirds off the South West Coast

by Tom Brereton of Marine Life

Coffee & cake from 7.30 pm, talk 8 pm

Members £2 (non-members £3)

At SWALLOW

Contact details: Judy on 07460 278311 (phone or text)

Moth trapping with Chris Iles on Haydon Batch

Three-hour session starting at 6 .00 pm

Chris hopes that the event will coincide with the opening of the Spring Sallow blossom

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: Chris, kifill22@hotmail.com or 01761 239092

Talk, 18 Nov – Botanical Treasures of the Mendips by Helena Crouch

Timsbury Natural History Group is hosting ‘Botanical Treasures of the Mendips’, a talk by Helena Crouch at 7.30 pm on Monday 18th November at 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.  Helena is a North Somerset County Recorder. For poster, click here.

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

Event reminder – Herons, early butterflies, Saturday

Saturday 27th April 2019

Herons and early butterflies at RSPB Swell Wood, A378 near Langport, TA3 6PX.

Meet at 11.00 am in the RSPB car park.

We will aim to car share as much as possible as limited parking. Please bring packed lunch.

If you need any more information about this please contact Judy (details at the bottom of our Events programme).

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.

Swifts talk reminder

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. Members £2, (non-members: £3)

At SWALLOW – for directions, see Events programme

SWT Fundraising evening, late March.

Cuckoos and Corncrakes
Thursday, 28 March @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Cheese and Grain, Market Yd, Justice Ln, Frome BA11 1BE

Open your ears to the fascinating world of birdsong, brought to you by well- known Tweet of the Day authors Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Find out more >> http://www.cheeseandgrain.com/event/cuckoos-and-corncrakes-somerset-wildlife-trust/

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

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

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

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.