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Your South West England
WILDLIFE GUIDE
Places to go
Things to do
Ways to help
April to
September 2012
nature’s voice
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Places to go:
Green Travel: For details contact
Traveline 0871 200 22 33,
www.traveline.org.uk or visit
www.transportdirect.
The South West is a fantastic place.
26 nature reserves - a shop
13 local groups - hundreds of events.
Newport
wetlands
Isley Marsh
Land’s End
From re-introduced cranes on the
Somerset levels to wild choughs
tumbling over Cornish cliffs.....
Reserve locations: See RSPB website for full
details. Websites such as www.streetmaps.co.uk
support map references (eg SW 123456) as long
as entered as SW123456.
....from the dragon and damselflies
of Aylesbeare to the reptiles and
colourful heathland of Arne, we
think the South West is amazing
make the most of it!
Sat Nav: Downloadable files on RSPB website.
Some brands support map references. Most
support latitude and longitude. See reserve pages.
Remember to phone the contact number for each
event in case of cancellation/changes and for extra
information (eg wheelchair access).
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity:
England and Wales no 207076 Scotland SC037654
Unless otherwise stated, photos from rspb-images.com
(Chris Gomersall, David Wootton, Ben Hall, Andy Hay, David Kjaer)
RSPB South West Regional Office, Keble House,
Southernhay Gardens, Exeter EX1 1NT. Tel: 01392 432691
www.rspb.org.uk
Large print version available on request
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Welcome!
date with nature. . .
Think you know the RSPB? Think again!
RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve
RSPB Chapel Wood nature reserve
RSPB Labrador Bay nature reserve
RSPB Exe Estuary nature reserve
RSPB Shop Darts Farm
Torbay and South Devon Team
Exe Estuary Wildlife Explorers
Exeter Local Group
Plymouth Local Group
We're always looking for ways to get people close to
nature and help them make the most of our fantastic
outdoors.
We've got all you need to know about visiting our
reserves in the South West. If you want to know more
about your local reserve, why not try a guided walk? Our
local groups are a great way to make the most of the
countryside in your area.
And don't forget the children!
The RSPB has the largest young people's wildlife club in
the world, 'The Wildlife Explorers'. We love inspiring
them with innovative ways to enjoy the outdoors and
spot our wonderful wildlife.
Go to pages 27 - 30 to be inspired and
to find out why now is the best time to
support the RSPB.
Membership supports the work we do.
Devon
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8&9
8&9
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Dorset
RSPB Arne nature reserve
RSPB Garston Wood nature reserve
RSPB Lodmoor nature reserve
RSPB Radipole Lake nature reserve
Poole Harbour birdboat cruise
Blackmoor Vale Local Group
East Dorset Local Group
Poole Local Group
South Dorset Local Group
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Cornwall
RSPB Hayle Estuary nature reserve
RSPB Marazion Marsh nature reserve
Lands End
Scillonian Cruise
Tresco
Chough Watchpoint
Cornwall Local Group
Gloucestershire
Radipole Lake redesigned
Visitor Centre!
Check out the wildlifecams and
nestcams! See five of Dorset's
reptiles at regular
'Show & tells'. (p23)
RSPB Highnam Woods nature reserve
RSPB Nagshead nature reserve
Symonds Yat
Westonbirt
Forest of Dean Wildlife Explorers
Gloucestershire Local Group
Guernsey
Guernsey Local Group
Wiltshire
RSPB Winterbourne Downs nature reserve
South Wiltshire Local Group
East Devon
Heath Week
Sun 29 July - Fri 3 August
A week of exciting fun
for all the family.
Details on p11.
Somerset
RSPB Greylake nature reserve
RSPB Ham Wall nature reserve
RSPB Swell Wood nature reserve
RSPB West Sedgemoor nature reserve
Avalon Marshes Wildlife Explorers
Bath Local Group
Carymoor Wildlife Explorers
South Somerset Local Group
Taunton Local Group
Weston-super-Mare Local Group
Cheddar Caves and Gorge
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Front cover credit: Sunflowers at Arne by BNPS
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Devon: Places to go
RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve
Peter Exley
Rolling hilltop heathland, sun-drenched
and windswept...
Beautiful Demoiselle male
What to expect:
Events - East Devon Heath Week (p11)
Nature trails
Devon
Pushchair-friendly farm track crosses the heath
Free car park at Joney's Cross
Free entry - open at all times
Places to go:
RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve:
"What a magical heathland - and on a bus route!"
Susan Lucas
RSPB Chapel Wood nature reserve:
"A wee gem! And so peaceful!"
Nancy Boyce
Look for Dartford warblers and stonechats in summer on
this peaceful heathland site as well as smooth snakes and
carnivorous plants. See butterflies, dragonflies and
damselflies along woodland fringes, streams and ponds;
nightjars at dusk in summer.
Finding us:
RSPB Labrador Bay nature reserve:
"Wow - breathtaking views. So glad we stopped."
Danny and June Cleave
RSPB Exe Estuary nature reserves:
"Such peaceful walks on both sides of the river."
Sahra Rogers
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
The RSPB Shop, Darts Farm:
"So glad I took the time to search out this treasure
trove. I'll definitely be back."
Jenny Jones
Contact us:
8 miles east of Exeter. 6 miles east from M5
junction 30, on the A3052. Near National
Cycle Network, Route 2. Exeter station (8
miles); Honiton station (11 miles). Number
52 bus, Exeter to Sidmouth/Honiton
(Joney’s Cross request stop).
SY 057898
Latitude: 50.700170N Longitude: 3.336648W
Exeter, 01392 665700; Budleigh Salterton,
01395 445275; Sidmouth, 01395 516441.
01395 233655;
[email protected]
Top 3 things to do:
• Take advantage of the ferry that links our Exe Estuary
reserves. (Ferryman 07801 203338). Great walks on
both sides of the Exe - cafes and pubs.
Steve Nunn
• Visit our shop at Darts Farm - beautiful gifts, bird
care products, optics and family Saturday
walks! (p10)
• Book early for family fun during East Devon Heath
Week. This is a partnership event. (p11)
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Common lizard
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Devon: Places to go
Dorset:
Devon: Places to go
RSPB Chapel Wood nature reserve
Labrador Bay nature reserve
Beautiful woodland with chapel ruins
and Iron Age hillfort...
Stunning coastal views...
What to expect:
What to expect:
Events - Wildabout Schools programme (p10)
Nature trails (some steep sections)
Free entry - open at all times
Access through corner of farmer's field
(by permission)
Limited roadside parking
Events - cirl bunting walk (p11)
Nature trails - some join the South West Coast Path
some steep sections
Grazing ponies/cattle (part of a working farm)
Free entry - open at all times
Teignbridge District Council Pay & Display car park
Seasonal ice cream van at car park
A small, tranquil North Devon broad-leaved woodland
containing 13th century chapel ruins. Its steep hillside has
streams flowing down each side. Impressive variety of
woodland birds plus red deer, brown hares and rare
dormice.
Finding us:
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
Brown hare
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2 miles north of Braunton. Signposted from
Spreacombe. Near National Cycle Network,
Route 3. Barnstaple station is 8 miles away.
Closest bus stop, Headon Mills is 1.5 miles
away (Barnstaple, Braunton and Ilfracombe
services)
SS 482414
Latitude: 51.151670N Longitude: 4.171840W
Barnstaple, 01271 375000; Braunton,
01271 816400; Ilfracombe, 01271 863001.
01392 824614
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves
A beauty spot managed to protect cirl buntings, a rare
little bird whose population is almost entirely restricted to
South Devon.
Finding us:
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
Cirl bunting
1.5 miles south of Teignmouth on the A379
coast road towards Torbay (between
Shaldon and Maidencombe). Not on
National Cycle Network. Teignmouth station
2 miles. Number 11 bus Teignmouth to
Torquay, (Dean Cross request stop).
SX 931705
Lat: 50.524487N Long: 3.509436W
Shaldon, 01626 873723;
Teignmouth, 01626 215666
01392 432691; [email protected]
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Devon: Things to do
Devon: Things to do
Every 1st Saturday of the month
10 am-2 pm
Up Close! At the RSPB Shop, Darts Farm
Binoculars/telescope/digi scope? We're trained to help!
Test drive before you buy by joining our 2 pm walk
(excludes Leica/Swarovski). Tel: 01392 879438.
Sun 10 June
10 am-2 pm
Photography workshop on Exminster Marshes
Great close-up views of birds/insects/wildflowers - and
get the most from your camera. £20 (includes lunch at
Turf Hotel). Booking essential on 01392 432691.
Every Saturday (April - Sept incl)
2 pm-3 pm
Wetland stroll with our staff at Darts Farm
Family friendly walk. Learn who's who in farmland birds.
Wear suitable clothing/footwear. Tel: 01392 879438.
Sat 23 June
9 am-12 noon
Cirl buntings at Labrador Bay
walk
Expect cirl buntings singing as a prelude to pairing up
and breeding (an RSPB reserve exclusive). Meet us at the
Teignbridge DC (pay & display) car park. Members free,
non-members £3. Tel: 01392 432691.
Wed 4, 11 and Thurs 5, 12 April
Wildabout Forest Schools: Easter at Chapel Wood
Children's activities! Contact Lou/Matt, 07805 717578; Jo,
07881 915665/ visit www.wildaboutforestschool.com.
Easter family fun with the RSPB at Darts Farm
Activities include wild sounds farm trail, scavenger hunt
and face painting. Full details TBC. Tel: 01392 432691.
Sun 29 April
5.30 am
Dawn chorus: Exminster Marshes
walk
Reed fringed ditches/scrubby edges alive with the song of
warblers - breeding waders echo across grassland. Turf
Hotel breakfast. £10pp. Book early! 01392 432691.
Sat 19 May
10.30am
Wild about wetlands: Exminster Marshes
walk
See wildflowers, birds and insects galore! Meet at reserve
car park. £10 pp (includes brunch at Turf Hotel). Booking
essential, 01392 432691.
Sun 20 May
Dawn chorus: Exminster Marshes
Details as Sun 29 April on this page.
5.30 am
walk
Wed 23 May
8.30 pm-10.30 pm
Wild about bats: Exminster Marshes
family event
Discover the fascinating world of bats through their pips
and squeaks. Meet at reserve car park. Members free,
non-members £5, children £2.50. Tel: 01392 432691.
Wed 6 June
10.30 am-1.30 pm
Wild about bugs: Exminster Marshes
family event
Find creatures in the tall grass, dark/damp log piles and
leafy hedges. Meet at reserve car park. WEx members
free, non-members £2.50. Tel: 01392 432691.
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Sun 1 July
12 noon-2 pm
National Insect Week: things with wings
Find out more about the beautiful butterflies, dragonflies
and damselflies that flitter and patrol the waterways of
Exminster Marshes. Meet at reserve car park. Free
(donations welcome). Tel: 01392 432691.
Wednesdays 25 July - 29 August
Wild family fun on the Exe
family event
Every Wednesday over the summer holidays there'll be
wild fun activities for families - a different activity each
week, exploring our wonderful wetland wildlife. Full
details available closer to the time. Tel: 01392 432691.
Sun 29 July - Fri 3 August
East Devon Heath Week
family event
• Family Festival Day, Sun 29 July - 11 am-3.30 pm
• Pond dipping and bat walks
• Reptile rambles and nightjar walks
• Mountain bike safaris and willow weaving
Tel: 01392 432691 for full details.
Mondays to Wednesdays, 30 July - 22 August (incl)
Wildabout Forest Schools: Summer at Chapel Wood
Details as Wed 4 April on page 10.
Sun 5 August
10 am-4 pm
Willow weaving workshop at Exminster Marshes
Learn this wonderful rural craft and help create a willow
shelter here. Expert tuition/tools, materials provided. BBQ
lunch included. Adult £15, children £7.50. Meet at reserve
car park. Booking essential 01392 432691.
Tues 14 August
Things with wings
Details as Sun 1 July on this page.
12 noon-2 pm
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Devon: Things to do
Devon: Things to do
Wed 29 August
7 pm-9.30 pm
Night time nature walk on Exminster Marshes
A circular reserve walk to discover what happens when
the sun goes down. We'll look for bats, owls and the
elusive otter. Meet at reserve car park. Members free,
non-members £5, children £2.50. Tel: 01392 432691.
Sat 8 September
Things with wings
Details as Sun 1 July on page 11.
Wed 12 September
Wild about bats
Details as Wed 23 May on page 10.
12 noon-2 pm
7.30 pm-9.30 pm
family event
Wed 19 September
7 pm-9.30 pm
Bowling Green Marshes night time nature walk
What happens to our wildlife when the sun goes down?
We'll look for bats, owls and even elusive otters. Meet at
Holman Way car park. Members free, non-members £5,
children £2.50. Tel: 01392 432691.
Kingsbridge RSPB Wildlife Explorers
Junior membership. Family events for 5 - 12
year olds at various sites in South Hams.
(Usually the third Saturday of each month).
Contact: Fiona Van Es, 01548 550519.
RSPB Torbay and South Devon Team
New to nature? All walks designed with you in mind.
Booking essential: Contact John Allan.
Local Group leader: John Allan, 01626 821344.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/torbayandsouthdevon
Walks: Sat 21 April 10 am. Berry Head (half day - sea
birds and migrants.)
Sun 20 May 10 am. Prawle (full day - farmland
birds and migrants.)
Sat 16 June 10 am. Venford Reservoir (half day cuckoos and moorland birds.)
Sat 21 July 9.30 am. Warren House Inn (full day cuckoos, redstarts and moorland birds.)
Sun 12 Aug 10 am. Aylesbeare (half day Dartford warblers & dragonflies.)
Sun 23 Sept 10 am. Passage House Inn, Hackney
Marsh (half day - possibly water rail, sandpipers,
kingfishers.)
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Exe Estuary Wildlife Explorers
A chance for 5-12 year olds to get up close to
local wildlife! Under 8's must be accompanied
by a parent or guardian. Booking essential.
RSPB Wildlife Explorer members free, non members
£1.50 per meeting.
Meeting place: Usually RSPB Shop, Darts Farm.
Contact: Gemma Dunn 01392 824614.
E-mail: [email protected]
Exeter and District Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Southernhay United Reformed Church
Rooms, Dix's Field, Exeter. Members £3,
non-members £4.
Trip/walk contact: Richard Swinbank, 01404 813666.
Car share: Details on website or from Richard.
Local Group leader: Roger Tucker, 01392 860518.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.exeter-rspb.org.uk
Walks: Sun 15 April. Slapton and Start Point (Day.)
Sat 28 April. Brownsea Island (Day.)
Sun 20 May. Bennett's Cross/Challacombe.
Sat 2 June. Venford, Dartmoor (Day.)
Mon 18 June. Aylesbeare Common (Morning.)
Sun 1 July. Ham Wall/Shapwick Heath (Day.)
Fri 27 July. Mutter's Moor. Nightjars (Evening.)
Sat 11 Aug. Axe estuary wetlands (Day.)
Thurs 23 Aug. Bowling Green/Goosemoor.
Sun 9 Sept. Dawlish Warren (Morning.)
Sat 22 Sept. Soar (Day.)
Talks:
Tues 17 April. Urban peregrines by Nick Nixon.
Tues 11 Sept. Members’ Evening. Slides etc.
Fair:
Sat 12 May 10am. Spring Fayre, St Margaret's
Church, Topsham.
Plymouth Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Trinity United Reformed Church, Torr
Lane, Hartley, Plymouth. Adults £2.50, children £1.
Coach trips: Contact Eileen for full details.
Local Group leader: Eileen Willey, 01752 208996.
E-mail: [email protected]
Coach trip: Sat 19 May, 8.20 am-8 pm Bude Canal and
Bedruthan Steps.
Walks: Fri 6 April, 10 am-12.30 pm. Thurlston.
Sat 21 April, 9.30 am-12 noon. Burrator.
Sat 12 May, 10 am-12.30 pm. Yarner Wood.
Sat 9 June, 10 am-12.30 pm. Berry Head.
Sat 23 June, 10 am-12.30 pm. Venford.
Sat 14 July, 8.30 pm till dark. Stover
Country Park
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Dorset: Places to go
RSPB Arne nature reserve
A wealth of wildlife in a beautiful setting...
What to expect:
Events - something for everyone (p19-25)
Visitor centre with nature table/nest cameras
Children's activities/picnic area
Some wheelchair access
Nature trails
Dorset
Places to go:
RSPB Arne nature reserve:
"It was such a privilege to watch the Arne barn owls raise
their chicks online, thank you."
Tom Power
Car Park (charge for non-members). Locked at dusk
Work parties - seasonal
Nestled near the base of the Purbeck Hills, Arne is a
peninsula that juts out into Poole Harbour. It is a tranquil
oasis and provides the perfect heathland habitat for rare
birds and wildlife such as Dartford warblers, nightjars
and sundews.
Finding us:
RSPB Garston Wood nature reserve:
"Truly beautiful, the woodland floor was carpeted with
bluebells and wild garlic."
Jon Lee
RSPB Lodmoor nature reserve:
"I love watching the nesting terns squabble!"
Helen Baxter
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
RSPB Radipole Lake nature reserve:
"I was amazed at the variety of creatures we found at the
pond dipping area; the kids loved it!"
Sian Prosser
Contact us:
Arne is 3.7 miles east of Wareham, off
the A351 to Swanage (take the turning
signposted to Arne). Purbeck cycleway is
within 1 mile. Wareham station is 4.5 miles
(cycle hire at station). Stoborough bus
stop 3 miles (Poole/Swanage service).
SY 971876
Lat: 50.688044N Long: 2.042416W
Wareham 01929 552740,
Poole, 01202 253253
01929 553360; [email protected]
Top 3 things to do:
• Discover the creepy crawlies that live below
the surface of Radipole Lake at our pond
dipping platform.
• Watch the drama of nesting common tern at
Lodmoor unfold. (p23)
• Visit Arne after the sun sets to track down our
nocturnal wildlife on our Creatures of the Night and
Nightjar walks. (p22,23)
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Dorset: Places to go
Dorset: Places to go
RSPB Garston Wood nature reserve
An ancient woodland...
What to expect:
Events - Open Days (p21 & 24)
Easy paths and rides criss-cross the woodland
Popular walking venue for families
Free entry - open at all times
Work parties - autumn/winter
Garston Wood protects 34 ha of ancient woodland on the
Dorset/Wiltshire border. From mid-April until the end of
May the carpets of flowering bluebells, wood anemones
and primroses are breathtaking.
Finding us:
Garston Wood is 15 miles south-west of
Salisbury, 1.5 miles north of Sixpenny
Hadley. Salisbury station is 13 miles away.
Number 184 bus, Salisbury to Sixpenny
Handley service. Not on National Cycle
Network.
Map ref:
SU 003194
Sat Nav:
Lat: 50.974013N Long: 1.997100W
Tourist info: Salisbury, 01722 334956
Shaftesbury, 01747 853514
Contact us: 01929 553360; [email protected]
Common tern
RSPB Lodmoor nature reserve
A haven for wildlife and people alike on the outskirts
of a busy coastal town...
What to expect:
Events - tumbling terns (p23)
One of the largest common tern colonies in the SW
Viewing shelter
Pushchair friendly nature trail
Council Pay & Display car park
Free entry - open at all times
A tranquil wetland only about a 20 minute walk (10
minutes by car/bus) from Weymouth seafront and
Radipole Lake. Its large reedbed, open water, saltmarsh,
wet grassland and bushes attract many different birds.
Bearded tits and Cetti's warblers seen all year.
Finding us:
Lodmoor is on the A353 one mile east of
Weymouth town centre. Weymouth station
is 1 mile away. Frequent local bus service
from Weymouth seafront to Overcombe
Corner, Lodmoor Country Park. On National
Cycle Network, Route 26.
Map ref:
SY 688809
Sat Nav:
Lat: 50.626959N Long: 2.442458W
Tourist info: Weymouth, 01305 785747.
Contact us: 01305 778313
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Dorset: Places to go
Dorset: Things to do
RSPB Radipole Lake nature reserve
A date with nature
Wonderful wildlife in the middle of town
Events - something for everyone (p19-25)
A choice of two evening cruises to see...
...seabirds along the Purbeck Coast
Redesigned Visitor centre - wildlife/nest cameras
Sat 26 May and Sat 9 June
What to expect:
Pond dipping/duck feeding station
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Wheelchair access
Nature trails
Hide open daily (8.30 am-4.30 pm, closed
Christmas and Boxing Day)
Booking essential
Ring Brownsea Island Ferries, 01929 462383
Free entry - open at all times
Sun 1, Thurs 12, Sun 22 April
10 am-3 pm
Meet the herons at Hengistbury Head
Meet us near the bird sanctuary, off the main track, to
watch and learn more about these stunning tree-nesting
birds. Free. Tel: Sarah-Jane Buckle, 07703 607630.
A tranquil oasis nestled in the heart of Weymouth - just
five minutes from the seafront and the town centre. Much
of Britain's best loved wildlife can be seen here including
otters, water voles and kingfishers as well as rarities such
as marsh harriers, bitterns and bearded tits.
Sun1 - Sun 15 April
10 am-4 pm
Easter at Radipole
family event
Pop in anytime! Free family activities throughout the
week - including pond dipping, wildlife 'show & tells' and
wildlife walks. It's the Easter holidays, so get outside and
get down to Radipole Lake. Tel: 01305 778313.
Finding us:
The main entrance to the reserve is via the
Swannery Car Park, Weymouth (Take the
first exit off the A353 into Radipole Park
Drive.)
Map ref:
SY 675796
Sat Nav:
Lat: 50.615198N Long: 2.460723W
Tourist info: Weymouth, 01305 785747.
Contact us: 01305 778313; [email protected]
John Crispin
Wednesdays April - 26 September 10 am-12 noon
Heathland amble at Arne
Free Wednesday walks! Come and track down a host of
wildlife - from Dartford warblers to smooth snakes, raft
spiders to dragonflies - who knows what else? No need to
book! For more information ring 01929 553360.
Tues 3 April
10 am-12 noon
Build a bug hotel
family event
Come to Springbourne Library Garden (indoors if wet) to
build homes for creepy-crawlies and flying bugs. £3 per
child, adults with children please. Tel: Springbourne
Library, 01202 397115 or Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Wed 4 April
10 am-12 noon
The Stour's river critters
family event
Find out about the aquatic life living in and by the River
Stour, Stour Valley nature reserve. £1 per child, adults
with children please. Meet in the Granby Road car park.
Contact Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Kingfisher
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6.30 pm
three hour evening cruise
popular Poole birdboat
friendly local RSPB guides provide commentary
bird species pointed out/questions answered
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Dorset: Things to do
Thurs 5 April
10 am-1 pm
Wildlife in your garden!
family event
See the exciting wildlife we've brought. Then make a
house for the creatures in your garden. £4 per bug house.
Meet at Upton Country Park Education Room.
Tel: 01202 261306 or Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Sat 7 April
9.30 am-4 pm
Big Wild Stocktake at Arne
family event
Help us discover what lives here. Turn up anytime, pick up
one of our wildlife stocktake booklets and record what
you see. Perfect for all the family. Free (donations
welcome). For more information ring 01929 553360.
Sun 8 April
9.30 am-4 pm
Big Wild Stocktake at Radipole
family event
Free event perfect for the family. All details (other than
site) as above. Full information on 01305 778313.
Sun 8 and Mon 9 April
10 am-3 pm
Easter crown making/nature scavenger hunt.
Drop in anytime! Have fun finding beautiful things for
your Easter crown. Meet on Upton Country Park's back
lawn near kiosk. Free. Tel: Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Wed 11 April
10 am-3 pm
Wildlife challenge at Upton Country Park
Family fun. Come, see how many animals you can find
here! £3 per child (members £2). Tel: Upton Country Park,
01202 261306 or Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Sun 15 April
11 am-1 pm
Mini-beast safari at Upton Country Park
Join us to see how many mini beasts you can find. £3 per
child (£2 members). Booking essential as places limited.
Tel: Upton Country Park, 01202 261306.
Mon 16 April
10 am
Wildlife health walk on Canford Heath
Discover local wildlife! Meet us at the heath entrance
(opp Knowlton Rd). Warm waterproof clothing, sensible
footwear. Tel: Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Thurs 19 and 26 April
10 am-12.30 pm
Birds, biscuits and binoculars
walk
Explore Upton Country Park with us - we'll finish with a
hot drink in the hide. £1 pp. Meet at the Education Room.
Tel: Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
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Sat 28 April
7.30 am-10 am
Bird song in Stour Valley
walk
Learn the spring songs of both native and migrant birds
here. Adults £3, under 16s £1. Meet at Granby Road car
park. Tel: Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Sun 29 April
4.30 am-7 am
Dawn chorus at Arne
walk
A cacophony of sound as our inhabitants wake up! Then
chat over free breakfast! Members £3, non-members £6,
children free. Booking essential, 01929 553360.
Sun 29 April
10 am-4 pm
Discover Garston Wood
Open Day/walks
A stunning blanket of bluebells, wild ground, the air full
of birdsong - this beautiful coppiced woodland is at its
best in spring! Free walks leave on the hour every hour.
Traditional woodland craft stalls. Tel: 01929 553360.
Sat 5 May
4.30 am-7 am
Dawn chorus at Radipole
walk
Experience the 'rhythm of the reeds' as the reserve's
inhabitants start to wake up. Then enjoy a free breakfast
and chat. Members £3, non-members £6, children free.
Booking essential, 01305 778313.
Thurs 10 and 24 May
Birds, biscuits and binoculars
Details as Thurs 19 April on page 20.
10 am-12.30 pm
walk
Sun 13 May
10 am-3 pm
Meet the sand martins at Hengistbury Head
These amazing birds have flown all the way from Africa.
Join us near the beach/cliff to watch them and find out
more. Free. Tel: Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Sat 19 and Sun 20 May
10 am-4 pm
Reptile weekend at Arne
family event
Arne is one of the few places in Britain where you can
find all six British reptiles.
10 am-12 noon: Reptile rambles. Booking essential.
Members £3, non-members £6, children free.
12 noon-4 pm: Free 'show & tell' sessions. Learn about
the reserve's scaly side! Tel: 01929 553360.
Mon 21 May
Wildlife health walk on Canford Heath
Details as Mon 16 April on page 20.
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Dorset: Things to do
Sat 26 May
10 am-12 noon
Radipole rambles
walk
Join us to track down a whole host of wildlife that call
this reserve home - from kingfisher to water vole,
bearded tit to marsh harrier. Free. Tel: 01305 778313.
Sat 26 May
8 pm till late
Arne's creatures of the night
walk
Discover our nocturnal wildlife - from nightjars and glow
worms to owls and bats. Members £3, non-members £6,
children free. Booking essential, 01929 553360.
Sun 27 May
2 pm-5 pm
Spider Sunday at Arne
family event
'Spider expert', Tony Sheridan will have spiders at our
visitor centre from 1 pm - track down more! Members £1,
non-members £3, children free. Tel: 01929 553360.
Sun 3 and Fri 8 June
10 am-3 pm
Meet the sand martins at Hengistbury Head
Details as Sun 13 May on page 21.
Wed 6, 13, 20 and 27 June
8 pm till late
Nightjars at Arne
walk
Glimpse this bizarre bird with eerie calls. May see
hobbies and barn owls first. Members £3, non-members
£6, children free. Booking essential, 01929 553360.
Sat 9 June
10 am-3 pm
Hengistbury's pond critters
family event
Meet outside the Hikers cafe, Hengistbury Head to hunt
for pond life. Free. Tel: Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Thurs 14 and 28 June
Birds, biscuits and binoculars
Details as Thurs 19 April on page 20.
10 am-12.30 pm
walk
Sat 16 June
Radipole rambles
Details as Sat 26 May on this page.
10 am-12 noon
walk
Sun 17 June
Spider Sunday at Arne
Details as Sun 27 May on this page.
2 pm-5 pm
family event
Mon 18 June
Wildlife health walk on Canford Heath
Details as Mon 16 April on page 20.
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10 am
Thurs 21 June
7.30 pm-9 pm
Night time moths/mask making
Make moth masks and then watch amazing different
moths as they appear. Members £2, non-members £3.
Meet by the Education Room. Tel: Upton Country Park,
01202 261306 or Sarah-Jane, 07703 607630.
Sat 23 June
10 am-3 pm
Reptiles at Radipole
family event
Drop in anytime! 'Show & tells' on the hour every hour.
Find out about the scaly side of this reserve. All 6 native
reptiles are in Dorset. Free. Tel: 01305 778313.
Sat 30 June
10 am-12 noon
National Insect week: butterfly/dragonfly wings!
Make butterfly or dragonfly wings. £3 per child (members
£2). Meet at Upton Country Park's Education Room. Tel:
Upton Country Park, 01202 261306.
Weekends: Sat 30 June till 29 July
1 pm-4 pm
Tumbling terns at Lodmoor
Marvel at the acrobatic antics of the common terns who
travel a long way to breed at 'sea-bird city'. Friendly staff
on site each weekend. Tel: 01305 778313.
Sat 30 June and 21 July
Arne's creatures of the night
Details as Sat 26 May on page 22.
8 pm till late
walk
Sun 1 July
10 am-3 pm
Hengistbury's mini beasts
family event
Grab a bug trail, net and bug pot and explore. All other
details as Sat 9 June on page 22.
Wed 4, 11 and 18 July
Nightjars at Arne
Details as Wed 6 June on page 22.
8 pm till late
walk
Fri 6, 13 and 20 July
8 pm till late
Bat night at Radipole
walk
Discover bats and why this habitat is so important! Enjoy
free hot drink. Members £3, non-members £6, children
free. Booking essential, 01305 778313.
Sat 7 July
Radipole Rambles
Details as Sat 26 May on page 22.
10 am-12 noon
walk
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Dorset: Things to do
Sun 15 July
10 am-4 pm
Discover Garston Wood
Open Day/walks
Butterflies and birds galore in this beautiful coppiced
woodland. Free guided walks, on the hour every hour.
Traditional woodland craft stalls. Tel: 01929 553360.
Mon 16 July
Wildlife health walk on Canford Heath
Details as Mon 16 April on page 20.
Sun 22 July
Spider Sunday at Arne
Details as Sun 27 May on page 22.
Sat 4 and Sun 5 August
Reptile weekend at Arne
Details as Sat 19 May on page 21.
Sun 12 August
Spider Sunday at Arne
Details as Sun 27 May on page 22.
10 am
2 pm-5 pm
family event
12 noon-4 pm
family event
2 pm-5 pm
family event
Mon 20 August
Wildlife health walk on Canford Heath
Details as Mon 16 April on page 20.
10 am
Sat 25 August
10 am-12 noon and 1 pm-3 pm
WW2 At Arne walk
Arne was a decoy defence in WWII for the Holton Heath
Royal Naval Cordite factory. The WWII battery located here
is one of the best preserved in the UK. Free event. No
need to book. Tel: 01929 553360.
Sat 8 and Sun 9 September
10 am-4 pm
Raptor weekend at Arne
Drop in - we'll have guides at hides and at special
viewing stations looking out for all raptors - but the real
focus will be the osprey! Free. Tel: 01929 553360.
Sat 15 September
10 am-12 noon
A date with a dormouse: Garston Wood
The cute elusive dormouse is one of Britain's most
protected species. Members £3, non-members £6,
children free. Booking essential, 01929 553360.
Sun 16 September
5.30 pm-7.30 pm
Radipole roost watch
Thousands of birds on autumn migration may descend
on reedbeds to roost. Free hot drink. Members £2, nonmembers £5, children free. Book early! 01305 778313.
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Mon 17 September
Wildlife health walk on Canford Heath
Details as Mon 16 April on page 20.
10 am
Sun 23 September
10 am-12 noon
Arne fungi foray with TV's Michael Jordan
Foraging beginners/budding fungi experts - an
amazing array of fungi with expert Michael Jordan
('Mushroom Magic' television show presenter). Some
edible, some definitely not! Members £8,
non-members £10, under 18s £5. Booking
essential, 01929 553360.
Sun 30 September
Spider Sunday at Arne
Details as Sun 27 May on page 22.
2 pm-5 pm
family event
RSPB Blackmoor Vale Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Gillingham Primary School, School Rd,
Gillingham. Members £2.50, non-members £3.50.
Trip/Walk contact: Yvonne Clutterbuck, 01747 861403.
E-mail: [email protected]
Talks contact: Alison Rymell
Local Group leader: Alison Rymell, 01985 844819.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/blackmoorvale
Trips:
Sun 15 April. New Forest.
Sat 12 May. Yarner Wood, Dartmoor.
Sat 9 June. Durlston Park, Swanage.
Sun 8 July. Martin Down, Hampshire.
Sat 15 Sept. Exe Estuary, Devon.
Talks:
Fri 20 April. The work of the National Trust with
wildlife in Wessex by Simon Ford.
Fri 18 May. Man and bird on the Somerset Levels
by Charles Martin follows AGM.
Fri 15 June. Weymouth reserves.
Fri 13 July. Garden bird confidential by
Dominic Couzens.
Fri 21 Sept. A birding migration by Oliver Smart.
RSPB East Dorset Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm St. Mark's Church Hall, Talbot Village,
Wallisdown Road, Bournemouth. Non-members £3.50,
members £2.50. Full details from Hugh Clark.
Walk contact: David Masser, 01202 476334.
Car share: meet at Upton Car Park.
Local Group leader: Hugh Clark, 01202 532595.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/eastdorset
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RSPB East Dorset Local Group continued
Walks: Thurs 5 April. Shatterford.
Sat 28 April. Testwood Lakes.
Thurs 3 May. Sherford Bridge.
Sat 19 May. Hengistbury Head.
Sat 1 June. Burton Common (nightjars)
Talks:
Wed 11 April. Autumn in the Scillies
by Terry Bond.
Wed 9 May. The Canadian Rockies, Banff to
Jasper by Gordon Small.
July - Sept details not available at time of printing.
RSPB Poole and District Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Upton Community Centre, Poole Road,
Upton, Poole. Members £2, non-members £3.
Talk contact: Carolyn Newman, 01202 888461.
Field trip contact: Tony Hill, 01929 552431.
E-mail: [email protected]
Group contact: Graham Cummins, 01202 621208.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/poole
Talks:
Thurs 12 April. Great Bustard Project by
Lynne Derry.
Thurs 10 May. RSPB Arne nature reserve by Paul
Morton follows AGM.
Walks/trips:Sat 12 May, 8.45 am. Rye Water.
Thurs 14 June, 7.30 pm. Nightjars at Arne.
Poole birdboats: is a joint venture with Poole Local Group
and Brownsea Island Ferries.
E-mail: [email protected]
Cruise guides: experienced local birdwatchers (p 19).
Website: www.pooleharbourbirdboats.co.uk
RSPB South Dorset Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at St Georges Church Hall, Fordington,
Dorchester. Members £2.50, non-members £3.
Weekday-walk contact: Mary Robins, 01305 871408
Weekend-walk contact: Phil (Stan) Stanfield,
07840 610098 (evenings/weekends only please).
Local Group leader: Andrew Parsons, 01305 772678
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southdorset
Walks: Sun 15 April, 10 am. Throop Mill.
Wed 25 April, 10 am. Cogden Beach.
Sun 6 May, 9.30 am. Somerset Levels.
Thurs 17 May, 10 am. Wareham Forest.
Wed 13 June, 9.15 pm. Oakers Wood/nightjars.
Sun 23 Sept, 10 am. Bowling Green, Devon.
Talk:
Thurs 19 April.(speaker TBC) follows our AGM.
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Cornwall
Places to go:
RSPB Marazion Marsh nature reserve:
"I could feel the tension slipping away - the soft sound of
the reeds in the breeze and those glorious wild flowers
made my 'time out' the best decision ever."
Lesley Foster
RSPB Hayle Estuary nature reserve:
"It provides such an important refueling spot for
migrating birds. Being on the RSPB's litter picking party
made me feel good. I was doing something for wildlife."
Bobbie Smith
Also...
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be appreciated.)
Please send this form to:
RSPB South West Regional Office,
Keble House, Southernhay Gardens, EX1 1NT
Tel: 01392 432691
Office code
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Top 3 things to do:
• Spot dolphins, whales or basking sharks with
friendly Date with Nature staff at Land's End (p34)
• Take a cruise to the beautiful Scilly Isles. Watch
seabirds and ocean-going mammals with our onboard guide (p34)
• Track a chough! These charismatic birds star in their
own special events - it's 11 years since their natural
return to Cornwall! (p35)
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Cornwall: Places to go
Cornwall: Places to go
RSPB Marazion nature reserve
A peaceful walk, a beautiful wetland...
What to expect:
Events - wildlife walks (p36)
Best views from seafront pavement
Free entry - open at all times
Pavement viewing bay overlooks 'Sanctuary Area'
Firm path from entrance gate to a viewing area
Public toilets and cafes etc in Marazion
3 privately owned car parks in easy walking distance
Work parties - RSPB Task force! (p35)
RSPB Hayle Estuary nature reserve
A wildlife jewel...
What to expect:
Events - wildlife watch (p36)
Nature trails
Free entry - open at all times
Ryan's Field hide
Cornwall's largest reedbed, on the outskirts of Marazion
overlooks St Michael's Mount. Grey herons nest in the
reeds here. In spring the flowers abound and the marsh is
alive with the sound of birdsong. Migrant warblers return
from Africa to breed and join resident Cetti's warblers and
over-wintering chiffchaffs.
Finding us:
(with own free car park)
(enjoyable walk from Hayle)
Public toilets, public parking plus cafes etc in Hayle
Work parties - Beach cleans (p35, 36)
A wonderful wildlife haven - the hidden heart of an
historic industrial coastal town. Summer is a quiet time
on the estuary - but good views of resident shelducks,
little egrets and curlews. Enjoy the flowers and butterflies
along the King George V Memorial Walk.
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
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The town of Hayle hugs the estuary and
overlooks much of the reserve. The hide at
Ryan's Field is 1 mile from the town centre
(off B3301). On National Cycle Network,
Route 3. Closest stations are Hayle or Lelant
Saltings. Bus services: St Ives/Hayle service
or Penzance/Truro.
SW 551364
Latitude: 50.176898N Longitude: 5.431405W
Hayle Library, 01736 754399.
01736 711682; [email protected]
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves
Jen Parker
Finding us:
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
The reserve is on the outskirts of Marazion,
2 miles east of Penzance. On National Cycle
Network, Route 3. Penzance station is 2
miles away. Bus service: Penzance to
Marazion.
SW 510312
Latitude: 50.128509N Longitude: 5.485318W
Penzance, 01736 362207
01736 711682; [email protected]
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Cornwall: Things to do
Cornwall: Things to do
A date with nature
Cornwall Chough Project Events:
Let us introduce you...
Sun 1 April - Sun 3 June
10 am-5 pm
Every day (weather permitting). See choughs from the
staffed Watchpoint at Southerly Point, the Lizard.
Sun 22 April and Sun 20 May
9 am-11 am
Free guided wildlife walks from the most Southerly Point.
Meet at the Chough Watchpoint (SW 700114).
...to the coastal wildlife at Land's End
Easter until 1 September
10.30 am-4 pm
5 days a week at our Wildlife Centre
• Look for dolphins, grey seals, basking sharks and
amazing seabirds
• Our friendly staff have powerful telescopes
for incredible views out to sea!
Contact RSPB South West Regional office,
01392 432691
Partnership project with Land’s End
Sun 3 and Sun 10 June
9 am-11 am
Free wildlife walk from Kynance car park (SW 688132).
Sat 23 and Sun 24 June
10 am-5 pm
Wildlife weekend at The Lizard
Find out more about choughs and other local wildlife.
Free guided walks, wildlife talks, craft demonstrations,
and children's activities.
Contact us: [email protected] or visit
www.cornishchoughs.org or 07581 194940.
...to ocean wildlife - Isles of Scilly
Day return trip: Fridays until 28 September
Depart Penzance 9.15 am. Return 4.30 pm
£30 members, £35 non-members
• A beautiful day return trip to the Isles of Scilly
aboard the Scillonian III
• Join our RSPB guides to spot gannets, guillemots
and ocean-dwelling mammals
The Cornwall Chough Project is a partnership between
the RSPB, the National Trust and Natural England.
The RSPB’s work for choughs in Cornwall is supported
by West Cornwall’s Local Action Group.
Contact Isles of Scilly Travel, 0845 710 5555
Partnership project with Isles of Scilly Travel
...to the wildlife on Tresco
Sunday 9 - Friday 21 September 10 am-4 pm
Tresco Abbey Gardens
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•
•
•
Regular guided walks
Wading birds at the Great Pool and Abbey Pool
Linnets and stonechats on heathland
Gardens bird in tranquil surroundings
Contact RSPB South West Regional office,
01392 432691
Partnership project with Tresco Abbey Gardens
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Every Tues and Thurs
10 am-4 pm
RSPB task force!
work party
Come and help us maintain the footpaths and structures
at our Marazion Marsh and Hayle Estuary nature
reserves. Booking essential, 01736 711682.
Sun 8 April
10 am-1 pm
Beach clean
work party
Alternates between Copperhouse Pool and Carnsew Pool
each month. All welcome. Need suitable clothing and
footwear. Hot drink/biscuits provided. Booking essential,
01736 711682/[email protected]
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Cornwall: Things to do
Wed 18 and Fri 20 April
9 am-11 am
Migrant warblers spring back to Marazion Marsh
The marsh comes alive as sedge warblers and sand
martins return from Africa to breed. £3 pp. Booking
essential, 01736 711682/[email protected]
Sun 13 May
Beach clean
Details at Sun 8 April on page 35.
10 am-1 pm
work party
Mon 14 and Sat 19 May
9 am-11 am
Migrant warblers spring back to Marazion Marsh
Details as Wed 18 April on this page.
Sun 10 June
Beach clean
Details at Sun 8 April on page 35.
10 am-1 pm
work party
Otter cub
Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July
11 am-3 pm
Wildlife weekend celebration at Marazion Marsh
Learn how to look after birds in the wild or your garden
and build a bird/bat/small mammal box. £3 pp. Booking
essential, 01736 711682/[email protected]
Sun 8 July
10 am-1 pm
Beach clean
work party
Details at Sun 8 April on page 35 plus BBQ today!
Sun 12 August
Beach clean
Details at Sun 8 April on page 35.
10 am-1 pm
work party
Sun 9 September
Beach clean
Details at Sun 8 April on page 35.
10 am-1 pm
work party
Mon 17 September
3.30 pm-6 pm
Wildlife watch at Hayle Estuary
We'll explore the shore line and mudflats for waders as
unusual migrants can appear. £3 pp. Booking essential,
01736 711682/[email protected]
Cornwall Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Chacewater Village Hall (near Truro).
Entry £2.
Walks: Full details from Roger.
Local Group leader: Roger Hooper, 01209 820610.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspbcornwall.org.uk
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Gloucestershire
Places to go:
RSPB Highnam Woods nature reserve:
"I love having a relaxing wander in this
beautiful old woodland."
Jess Kennedy
RSPB Nagshead nature reserve:
"There was so much for the children to explore.
They loved it!"
Ina Millar
Top 3 things to do:
• Symonds Yat is a perfect place to watch birds of prey
and we can help you spot them. Find out about the
local history, too. (p40)
• Family fun every weekend at Nagshead. (p39)
• Come to Highnam Woods and see how many
different butterflies you can see – a great way to
enjoy the peace and quiet of this fantastic
reserve. (p38)
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Gloucestershire: Places to go
Gloucestershire: Places to go
RSPB Highnam Woods nature reserve
RSPB Nagshead nature reserve
Part of the largest area of ancient woodland
in the Severn Vale...
In the heart of the Forest of Dean...
What to expect:
What to expect:
Information centre/two hides/free entry
Flat (unsurfaced) 1.25 miles (2 km) nature trail
Picnic area/baby-changing facilities/toilets
Bird feeding station close to car park
(autumn/winter)
Pushchair friendly/disabled toilets
Free car park
Free entry - open at all times
A secluded ancient woodland with a stunning variety of
trees and beautiful walks. The site is particularly good for
fungi. There are many species of tits, including regular
sightings of marsh tits among the variety of familiar
garden birds.
Finding us:
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
Highnam Woods is 3.75 miles west of
Gloucester off the A40. Closest station,
Gloucester. Bus 33, Gloucester/Ross. Close
to Gloucester/Highnam (cycle) Link.
SO 778190
Lat: 51.869129N Long: 2.323834W
Gloucester, 01452 396572
01594 562852.
[email protected]
Ragged robin
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Events - something for everyone (p40-43)
Events - something for everyone (p41, 42)
Car park: 8 am - till dusk (9 pm in summer)
Field teacher led sessions for primary and secondary
schools - part of the RSPB Living Classrooms
More than half of the reserve is oak woodland that was
planted nearly 200 years ago. Originally intended to
provide timber for naval ships, this woodland is now
managed in partnership with the Forestry Commission.
Finding us:
Nagshead is west of Parkend village,
signposted off the B4431 road to Coleford.
Lydney station, 3.75 miles (6 km) away. Bus
from Lydney Bus Station stops on B4431
close to reserve entrance. Linked to
extensive Forest-wide cycle trail.
Map ref:
SO 606085
Sat Nav:
Lat: 51.773775N Long: 2.572435W
Tourist info: Coleford, 01594 812388,
Monmouth, 01600 713899,
Ross-on-Wye, 01989 562768.
Contact us: 01594 562852
[email protected]
Living classrooms: [email protected]
0845 6031607 - We also offer a birds of prey
programme at Symonds Yat suitable for
primary school groups.
Nightjar
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Gloucestershire: Things to do
A date with nature
Let us introduce you...
Gloucestershire: Things to do
Sun 6 May
5.30 am-7.30 am
International Dawn Chorus Day: Nagshead
walk
Enjoy the magical chorus of newly arrived summer
migrants (pied flycatchers, redstarts and tree pipits) in
this ancient oak woodland. Continental breakfast.
Members £4, non-members £6, children £2. Booking
essential, 01594 562852/e-mail [email protected]
...to the birds of prey at Symonds Yat
Easter until early September
7 days a week
10 am-5 pm
• Spectacular viewpoint 400 feet above the River Wye
• Unparalleled views of peregrines and other wildlife
Friendly staff have powerful telescopes set up
Binoculars for use
Call, 07736 792511
Partnership project with the Forestry Commission
...to the wild birds of Westonbirt
June - November (dates/times TBC)
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
• See wild woodland birds through incredible one way
glass at our Holly Bush Gate bird observatory
• Join us for various activities and guided walks
throughout Spring and Summer
• Picture perfect location
Our friendly staff will point out seasonal highlights
and answer all your bird related questions
Call, 07554 339031
Partnership project with the Forestry Commission
Weekends 31 March - end summer 10 am-4 pm
RSPB Nagshead nature reserve Visitor Centre
A warm welome! Staff and volunteers are here to tell you
what you can expect to see during your visit and answer
any questions. Opportunity to make a birdbox to take
away, £4 per box. Tel: 01594 562852.
Mon 9 April
11 am
Nagshead egg-stravaganza
family event
Keep the egg-citement of Easter going with these egg
related activities. Find out what's here in spring. £2 per
child (adult free). Booking essential, 01594 562852/e-mail
[email protected]
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Sun 6 May
6 am
Nightingales at Highnam Woods
walk
Hear nightingales (males sing through the night) and the
rest of the dawn chorus. Suitable woods are vital for
these elusive birds. Meet at reserve car park. Members
£2, non-members £4, children free. Booking essential,
01594 562852/e-mail [email protected]
Sun 6 May
9 am
Sight and sounds of spring at Highnam Woods
As the dawn chorus quietens for the day we'll look for a
variety of our wood-nesting birds and enjoy wildflowers
along the paths. Meet at reserve car park. Members £2,
non-members £4, children free. Booking essential, 01594
562852/e-mail [email protected]
Sat 12 May
10.30 am-12.30 pm
Wildflowers at Highnam Wood
walk
Traditional coppice management produces a delightful
diversity of flowers in this ancient woodland. Members
£2, non-members £4, children free. Booking essential,
01594 562852/e-mail [email protected]
Sun 13 May
8 am
Summer migrants at Nagshead
walk
By mid May migrant species that spend 'our' cold winter
months in Africa have returned and settled to breed. We'll
look for pied flycatcher, redstart and warblers. Meet at
reserve reception centre. Members £2, non-members £4,
children free. Booking essential, 01594 562852/email
[email protected]
Sat 9 June and Sun 22July
11.30 am-1.30 pm
Highnam Woods' butterflies and dragonflies
Spot butterflies and dragonflies and learn about their
habitats. Pack a picnic lunch and let the butterflies come
to you! Meet at reserve car park. Members £2, nonmembers £4, children free. Booking essential, 01594
562852/e-mail [email protected]
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Gloucestershire: Things to do
Gloucestershire: Things to do
Sat 16 and Wed 27 June
9 pm-10.30 pm
Nightjars at Nagshead
walk
Surrounded by mystique and folklore, these strange
elusive nocturnal birds feed mainly on moths caught in
flight, nest on the ground and have a distinctive unusual
'song'. Insect repellent advised. Booking essential, 01594
562852/e-mail [email protected]
Sat 30 June
9 pm
Moth trapping at Nagshead
Moth colourings can be just as intricate and beautiful as
their close relations, butterflies. We'll attract and catch
moths using a light trap plus see their natural evening
predator - bats. Meet at reserve reception centre.
Members £2, non-members £4, children free. Booking
essential, 01594 562852/e-mail [email protected]
Wed 4 July
1 pm
In Search of Spurge at Highnam Woods
Help us do a survey count as our reserve is one of the
few places where Upright (Tintern) spurge is found.
Search the rides and paths with us and finish with a soft
drink while admiring butterflies that float past. Meet at
reserve car park. Free. Booking essential, 01594 562852/email [email protected]
Sat 7 and Wed 18 July
Nightjars at Nagshead
Details as Sat 16 June on this page.
9 pm-10.30pm
walk
Wed 18 July and Fri 10 August
2 pm
Nagshead's butterflies and dragonflies
walk
Insects, in their variety of shapes and sizes are an
important part of the forest ecosystem. On a warm sunny
day the colourful delicate ones flying are easy to spot.
Meet at reserve reception centre. Members £2, nonmembers £4, children free. Booking essential, 01594
562852/ e-mail [email protected]
Wednesdays 25 July - 29 August
11.30 am
Nagshead's pond dipping extravaganza
Ever wondered what lurks in the mud? Where does a
dragonfly come from? What's a bloodworm? Find out
what creeps around in the depths of a seemingly empty
pond. Meet at reserve reception centre. £2 per child, WEx
members £1, (adult free). Booking essential, 01594
562852/e-mail [email protected]
Forest of Dean RSPB Wildlife Explorers
Wildlife Explorers is the junior membership of
the RSPB, with monthly educational and fun
events for two age groups: 4-7 years and 8-12 years.
4-7 yrs contact: Carrie Clement
[email protected]
8-12 yrs contact: Petra Mitchard
[email protected]
Tel: 0845 6031607
RSPB Gloucestershire Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford,
Gloucester. Members free, non-members £3.
Local Group leader: David Cramp, 01242 620281.
E-mail: [email protected]ernet.com
Website: www.rspbgloucestershire.co.uk
Walks: Sun 1 April, 10 am. Brierley.
Wed 25 April, 10 am. Sherborne Water Meadows.
Sat 28 April, 10 am. Nagshead.
Sun 29 April, 4.30 am. Highnam Woods.
Fri 11 May, 7.30 pm. Highnam Woods.
Sat 23 June, 2 pm. Cotswold Water Park.
Fri 6 July, 8.30 pm. Forest of Dean.
Sun 22 July, 10 am. Symonds Yat Rock.
Sat 18 Aug, 10 am. Saul Warth.
Sun 23 Sept, 10 am. Newport Wetland Centre.
Talk:
Tues 18 Sept. The jungles of Ecuador
by Arthur Ball.
Sat 21 July
11am
Nagshead's teddy bears picnic
family activity
'If you go down to the woods today' Join us for family
fun. Bring a picnic and a teddy bear and make some new
friends in the forest. Meet at reserve reception centre. £2
per child (adult free). Booking essential 01594 562852/email [email protected]
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Guernsey local group
Local Group leader: Donna Francis.
Tel: 01481 232632/ 07781 190035
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspbguernsey.co.uk
Walks: Sun 1 April, 10 am. St Peter's, Perry's 27 G1.
Tues 10 April, 10 am. Pleinmont, Perry's 32 C4
Sun 22 April, 6 am. Bluebell Wood, Perry's 25 G4.
To book for breakfast ring Nancy, 268191.
Sat 5 May, 2 pm. Orchid Fields, Perry's 20 B1.
Sun 13 May, 8 am. Pleinmont, Perry's 32 C4.
Mon 14 May, 10 am. Jerbourg, Perry's 31 H4.
Sun 27 May, 9 am. Moulin Huet, Perry's 30 D3.
Sun 24 June, 10.30 am. Scramble Track, Perry's
32 C4 - birds and butterflies.
Thurs 28 June, 8 pm. Albert Pier, Perry's Town
Map L8. Swift watch.
Sat 21 July, 10am. Fort Doyle, Perry's 7 H1.
Fri 27 July, 8.30 pm. Bats with Pat Costen.
Sun 2 Sept, 8 am. Chouet, Perry's 6 B2.
Sun 16 Sept, 9 am. Bordeaux, Perry's 7 H5.
Trip:
Sat 14 April, 8.15 am. The Wonders of Herm.
Talk:
Thurs 26 April, 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start, La
Villette Hotel, Perry's 30 A2. Free entry includes
tea/coffee/biscuits. Madagascar, the eighth
continent by Paul Veron follows AGM.
Events: Sun 6 May. Bird Race Day. Sponsorship form
from Mike Bairds, 255524.
Sat 2 June. Flag Day. To volunteer, contact Donna.
Sun 10 June, 3 pm. Les Petit Fauconnaires Farm,
Open Day. Perry's 24 A1.
Mon 2 July, 5 pm. Viaer Marchi, Saumarez Park,
Perry's page 15 G1/2. Find our stall!
Tues 15 and Wed 16 August. West Show, L'Eree
Aerodrome. Visit our tent!
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Guernsey
Male great bustard
Wiltshire
Places to go:
RSPB Winterbourne Downs nature reserve:
"Thanks - really appreciated having wheelchair access
into that beautiful meadow."
(name supplied)
Salisbury Plain - to see the great bustards:
"Come and visit the Great Bustard release site. To book a
visit phone 07817971327 or email [email protected]"
Lynne Derry, Great Bustard Group Visits Manager
Top 3 things to do:
• Immerse yourself in the countryside - the car park at
RSPB Winterbourne Downs has two circular
walkways leading off from it. (p46)
• Visit the website and see our work with Russian and
UK schools www.greatbustard.org, download a work
pack or book a talk.
• Look for us at county shows and fairs
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Wiltshire: Things to do
Sun 17 June
10 am-12 noon
Winterbourne wildflower wonder
walk
We'll identify beautiful wildflowers found on this newly
created chalk grassland meadow. Free (donations
welcome). Booking essential, 01980 629835.
Sun 15 July
1 pm-3 pm
Butterfly discovery stroll
Winterbourne Downs' meadows are great for butterflies
so come and find out more! Free (donations welcome).
Booking essential, 01980 629835.
Wiltshire: Places to go
RSPB Winterbourne Downs
nature reserve
A working farm - rich in wildlife...
What to expect:
Events - wildflowers and butterflies (p46)
Two circular trails
Meshed trackway from car park
Car park (small, has height restriction barrier)
RSPB South Wiltshire Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St,
Salisbury. Members £4, non-members £5, under 16s free.
Walks/trips: Contact Tony Goddard for full details.
Work parties at: Garston Wood/Winterbourne Downs.
Local Group leader: Tony Goddard, 01722 712713.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southwiltshire
Talks:
Tues 10 April. Botswana - an African wilderness
by Richard Coomber.
Tues 8 May. Our local raptors, or are they?
by Ed Drewitt.
Tues 11 Sept. Birding in The Gambia
by Mike Wilkes.
Walks: Thurs 26 April. Oxfordshire RSPB Reserve.
Tel: Tony Goddard, 01725 510309
Wed 2 May. Fishlake Meadows.
Sat 5 May. Ashlett Creek and Testwood Lakes.
Wed 9 May. Millyford Bridge, New Forest.
Mon 21 May. Somerset Levels.
Sun 27 May. Martin Down.
Wed 6 June. RSPB Winterbourne Downs.
Sat 9 June. Acres Down, New Forest.
Sun 17 June. Winspit.
Thurs 21 June. Keyhaven.
Wed 4 July. Turf Hill, New Forest.
Sat 14 July. RSPB Winterbourne Downs.
Thurs 19 July. Hayling Island/Farlington Marshes.
Fri 3 Aug. Titchfield Haven.
Tues 4 Sept. Portland and Weymouth.
Sat 15 Sept. Bolderwood/Broomy, New Forest.
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Themed bike stands
Free entry - open at all times
This relatively new reserve will recreate a unique chalk
landscape, by reverting arable land to flower-rich
grassland over the next decade. The reserve is important
for farmland birds, arable plants, and invertebrates. It is
an important link between Salisbury Plain and Porton
Down.
Finding us:
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
Winterbourne Downs is east of Amesbury.
The reserve car park is on north side of the
minor road between Allington and Newton
Tony. Closest station, Grately (5 miles),
Salisbury 10 miles away. Salisbury/Tidworth
bus service. Not on National Cycle Network.
SU 214402
Lat: 51.160654N Long: 1.695355W
Amesbury 01980 622 833
Salisbury 01722 334956
01980 629845
Patrick Cashman
Sun 2 September
10 am-12 noon
Winterbourne Downs harvest stroll
Find out how we fit wildlife and farming together here.
Enjoy the last of the wildflowers and butterflies. Free
(donations welcome) Booking essential, 01980 629835.
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Somerset: Places to go
RSPB Greylake nature reserve
Superb wetland wildlife - so easy to see...
What to expect:
Events - something for everyone (p54, 55)
Picnic area
Circular boardwalk - wheelchair/buggy access
Benches - sit and relax along the way
Spot the nesting heron!
Close-up views of wetland wildlife from hide
Somerset
Places to go:
RSPB Greylake nature reserve:
"An overwhelming experience - a saturation
of the senses."
Brian and Jen Smith
Car park/bike rack
Free entry - open at all times
A converted wetland where water levels are carefully
controlled for breeding waders - lapwings, snipe, curlews
and redshanks now nest here. Yellow wagtails, skylarks,
meadow pipits and colourful dragonflies seen in summer.
Finding us:
RSPB Ham Wall nature reserve:
"From industrial heartland to wetland reserve."
Gary Bishop
RSPB West Sedgemoor nature reserve:
"The best way to experience this reserve is to join one of
our guided walks for access to the meadows."
Stephen Ross, warden
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
Peter Exley
RSPB Swell Wood nature reserve:
"A huge thank you for organizing the nightingale walk an amazing experience."
Stephen Moss
Greylake is 5 miles (approx) east of
Bridgwater, between Othery and Greinton
on A361 Taunton/Glastonbury road.
Bridgwater closest station. No.16 bus from
Bridgwater to Othery. No. 29 bus
Taunton/Wells (request stop for reserve).
Near National Cycle Network, Route 33.
Cycle hire Bowbridge Cycles, 01458 250350.
ST 399346
51.107531N Long: 2.859842W
Bridgwater, 01278 436438,
Burnham-on-Sea, 01278 787852.
01458 252805;
[email protected]
Top 3 things to do:
• Experience the sights and sounds of the South
West's largest heronry at Swell Wood. (p53, 51)
• Watch the bitterns perform their exciting aerial
courtship chases at Ham Wall. (p50, 53)
• Bring the family to Greylake anytime for a picnic
or come for the pond dipping and other fun
events. (p49, 54)
Blue-tailed damselfly
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Somerset: Places to go
Somerset: Places to go
RSPB Ham Wall nature reserve
RSPB Swell Wood
A wetland overflowing with wildlife...
A beautiful woodland packed full of wildlife...
What to expect:
What to expect:
Events - something for everyone (p53, 55)
Events - herons; dawn chorus (p53, 58)
200 m boardwalk - wheelchair/buggy access
Nesting herons and little egrets in the trees in May
Nature trails/viewing screen/benches
Nature trails, wheelchair accessible hide
Disabled parking (need RADAR key)
Car park/bike rack
Small car park/bike rack (shared with
Natural England)
Free entry - open at all times
Free entry - open at all times
Swell Wood is an ancient woodland on the southern edge
of West Sedgemoor nature reserve and has one of the
UK's largest heronries, which is best visited between
March and June.
Created from old peat workings, Ham Wall is part of the
Avalon Marshes and is a nationally important wetland.
Bitterns boom and breed here. Secluded nature trails
weave their way through the wetland.
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Map ref:
Sat Nav:
Tourist info:
Contact us:
John Crispin
Contact us:
Ham Wall, 4 km west of Glastonbury, just
over a mile (2 km) south of Meare on
Ashcott Road (minor road betweeen Meare
and Ashcott). Bridgwater station 14 miles,
Taunton station 22 miles. No. 375
Bridgwater/Wells bus Ashcott Inn stop
(3 miles away). No. 668 bus Street/Meare.
No 29 Taunton/Wells bus stops
at Ashcott. Old railway line is cycle
route through reserve.
Cycle hire, Burtle Inn, 01278 722269.
ST 449397
Lat: 51.153890N Long: 2.789211W
Glastonbury, 01458 832954,
Street, 01458 447384,
Wells, 01749 672552.
01458 860494
[email protected]
Swell Wood is 11 miles east of Taunton
(signposted 1 mile east of Fivehead on
A378 Langport road). Taunton station is 11
miles away. No. 54 Taunton/Yeovil service,
request stop. Near National Cycle Network,
Route 33. Cycle hire, Bowbridge Cycles,
01458 250350.
ST 361238
Lat: 51.010017N Long: 2.912203W
Taunton, 01823 336344,
Yeovil, 01935 845946.
01458 252805.
[email protected]
John Crispin
Finding us:
Finding us:
Great crested grebe
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Somerset: Places to go
RSPB West Sedgemoor nature reserve
A haven and refuge for ground nesting
and over-wintering birds...
What to expect:
Events - meadow walks (p53, 54)
Restricted access to protect nesting birds
Public footpaths around the edge of the moor
West Sedgemoor part of England’s largest remaining wet
meadow systems in the Somerset Levels.
Finding us:
The low-lying fields of West Sedgemoor are
in the near vicinity of Swell Wood and the
village of Curry Rivel but its access is
restricted to our publicised guided walks as
it is difficult to get close to the wildlife and
the site is very sensitive to disturbance.
There are public footpaths around the edge
of the reserve. Signage of these paths is
limited in places but we are currently
working with neighbours to improve this.
OS map usage is essential to find your
way around.
Tourist info:
Contact us:
Parking is available in Curry Rivel
ST 391252 and Swell Wood ST 360238.
There is an excellent network of footpaths
to the west of Curry Rivel that provide
superb views over the reserve.
Taunton, 01823 336344,
Yeovil, 01935 845946.
01458 252805.
[email protected]
Somerset: Things to do
Weekends 31 March - 15 April
Herons above - Swell Wood
See our nesting herons and then join our staff on a walk
to learn some of the woodland birdsongs and identify the
trees and spring flowers. Experience this lovely woodland
in early spring. Free (donations welcome).
Tel: 01458 252805/e-mail [email protected]
Sun 1 Apr
8.30 am-11.30 am
Birdwatching for beginners - Ham Wall
walk
Find out how to identify the fantastic birdlife and get
interesting facts about species seen. Listen for the
enigmatic call of the male bittern as it booms amongst
the reeds. Then a delicious filled jacket potato/hot drink at
Meare Manor. £7 pp (incl). Booking essential. Tel: Meare
Manor, 01458 860449.
Sun 1 April
10 am-3 pm
Wild day out!
family event
Trailer rides over reserves, quizzes, trails, competitions
plus artwork at Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Rd,
Westhay. Tel: 01458 860736. Free joint event with Natural
England, Hawk & Owl Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Sun 15 April
6 am-9 am
Mr Boombastic's Ham Wall dawn chorus
walk
Listen for the enigmatic call of the male bittern as it
booms in the reedbed and enjoy the early morning
sights and sounds of the reserve. Then breakfast rolls and
hot drinks at Meare Manor. £7 pp (incl). Booking
essential. Tel: Meare Manor 01458 860449.
Fri 20 and Sat 21 April
7 pm-9 pm
West Sedgemoor's evening moorland wildlife
walk
Cowslips, orchids, bats and wet meadow creatures. May
hear a nightingale or experience the weird aerial
display/noise of the snipe on the moor! Torch/footwear
(uneven track). Insect repellent advised. Members £2,
non-members £5, under 18s free. Booking essential,
07774 620879/email [email protected]
Thurs 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 May
10 am-3 pm
Bittern in hot pursuit - at Ham wall
Drop in and watch the bitterns take to the air to perform
their exciting aerial courtship chases. Free.
Tel: 01458 860494/e-mail [email protected]
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Somerset: Things to do
Somerset: Things to do
Sun 6 May
6.30 am-8.30 am
International Dawn Chorus Day: Swell Wood
We'll help you identify spring songs! £8 pp - full English
breakfast at local pub included in cost. Booking essential,
07774 620879 /e-mail [email protected]
Sat 12 May
2 pm-5 pm
Spring spectacular at Greylake
family event
Discover our new reedbed loop! Pond dipping, drawing
and photography competitions plus reedbed treasure
trail, quizzes and badge-making. Bring a picnic! Free
(donations welcome).
Tel: 01458 252805/e-mail [email protected]
Fri 22 June
2 pm-4.30 pm
Ham Wall's dazzling dragonflies
walk
Search for beautiful dragonflies and damselflies. We'll
help you identify them plus explain the lifecycle of these
amazing creatures. Donations welcome. Booking
essential, 01458 860494/email [email protected]
Sat 12 May
8 pm-10.30 pm
Evening wildlife stroll at Greylake
walk
Marvel at the moths and experience the weird aerial
displays/noises of snipe on the moor. Listen for bats and
other wet meadow creatures. Need torch, stout footwear,
insect repellent. £5 pp. £10 per family. Booking essential,
07774 620879 or e-mail [email protected]
Sun 24 June
Wild day out!
Details as Sun 1 April on page 53.
Sun 20 May
Mr Boombastic's Ham Wall dawn chorus
Details as Sun 15 April on page 53.
Sun 8 July
11 am-1 pm
Greylake's bugs and butterflies
walk
Hunt for dragonflies, butterflies, bugs and other wetland
creatures. Bring waterproofs, sun hat/sun cream etc.
Members £2, non-members £5, under 18s free. Book
early! 07774 620879/email [email protected]
6 am-9 am
walk
Sun 27 May
2 pm-4 pm
West Sedgemoor's flower, bug and butterfly walk
In the heart of West Sedgemoor are some of the country's
finest most unspoilt hay meadows! Bring sun hat/sun
cream/insect repellent. Members £2, non-members £5,
under 18s free. Booking essential, 07774 620879/e-mail
[email protected]
Sat 2 and Sun 3 June
12 noon till 12 noon
Avalon 24 at Avalon Marshes
family event
Become a naturalist in a day! 35 walks available over 24
hours. Joint event with Natural England, Hawk & Owl
Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust. Tel: 01458 860736 /e-mail
[email protected] £5 pp (one child free
with fee paying adult).
Sat 2 June
10.30 am-3 pm
Avalon Marshes Open Day
family event
Displays, trailer rides, quizzes and children's activities at
Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Rd, Westhay. Joint
event with Natural England, Hawk & Owl Trust, Somerset
County Council, Somerset Wildlife Trust.
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Sun 17 and 24 June
6.30 pm-9.30 pm
Evening stroll on the marshes of Ham Wall
Discover the reserve wildlife with us and then enjoy
hearty soup/hot drinks/homemade cookies at Meare
Manor. £6.50 pp (incl). Booking essential. Tel: Meare
Manor 01458 860449.
www.rspb.org.uk/events
10 am-3 pm
family event
Wed 4 July
6.30 pm-9.30 pm
Evening stroll on the marshes of Ham Wall
Details as Sun 17 Jun on this page.
Sun 30 September
An autumn wild day out!
Details as Sun 1 April on page 53.
10 am-3 pm
family event
Avalon Marshes Wildlife Explorers
A group for 5-12 year olds who love nature.
Has links with RSPB Ham Wall nature reserve,
Natural England's Shapwick Heath and Somerset
Wildlife Trust Westhay nature reserve. Joint venture with
the Somerset Wildlife Trust and Natural England.
Meeting place: The Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick
Road, Westhay. RSPB Wildlife Explorer, Wildlife Trust
Watch members free, non-members £1. Please book.
Contact: Anna Graham, 01458 860736
E-mail: [email protected]
Events: Wed 4 April. Practical reserve work (8-14 yrs).
Thurs 7 June. Wild flowers.
Fri 14 Sept. Creatures of the night.
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RSPB Bath and District Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Bath Society Meeting Room, Green Park
Station, Bath. Members £1, non-members £2.
Trips/walks contact: Mike Hawken, 01225 865972 or
07941063268. Early booking essential for all trips.
Local Group leader: Alan Barrett, 01225 310905.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bath
Walks: Sat 14 April. River Avon and Kennet. Book by
7 April. Tel: 01225 723563.
Sun 6 May. Wentwood and Newport Wetlands.
Book by 29 April. Tel: 01225 466409.
Fri 8 June. Stockhill. Book by 1 June.
Tel: 01225 466409.
Fri 13 July. Elm Farm (owls). Book by 6 June.
Tel: 01225 310905.
Sat 11 Aug. Ham Wall and Shapwick.
Book by 4 Aug.
Carymoor RSPB Wildlife Explorers
Covers South Somerset catchment area
Meeting place: Carymoor Environmental Centre,
Dimmer Lane, Dimmer. Monthly Saturday mornings.
Contact: Julia Percy, 01747 853125.
E-mail: [email protected]
South Somerset Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at The Millennium Hall, Seavington St.
Mary, near Ilminster. Members £2.50, non-members
£3.50, under 18s free.
Walks: 10.30 am. Contact Lynn Osborne, 0780 392 8717.
Local Group leader: Denise Chamings, Tel: 01460 240740
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset
Talks:
Thurs 19th April. British owls by Ian McGuire.
Thurs 20th Sept. Speaker TBC. (follows AGM).
Walks: Sun 22nd April. Town Tree Farm, Martock.
Sun 20th May. Yarner Wood NNR, Devon.
Sat 16th June. Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath.
Thurs 21st June, 8 pm. Nightjars, Peak Hill,
Sidmouth, Devon.
Event: Thurs 17th May. Born To Fly (RSPB Film) plus
Plant Sale.
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RSPB Taunton Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm at Trull Memorial Hall, Church Road, Trull,
Taunton. £4 pp, £6 pair, child or OAP £4.
Local Group contact: Eric Luxton
Tel: 01823 283033
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/taunton
Walks: Sun 1 April, 10 am. Budleigh Salterton.
Tues 17 April, 10 am. Ashcott Corner.
Sat 5 May, 10 am. Horner Woods.
Wed 23 May, 10 am. Stolford/Hinkley.
Sun 10 June, 10 am. Ham Wall.
Thurs 21 June, 10 am. Radipole.
Sat 7 July, 10 am. Chetsford Water.
Tues 17 July, 10 am. Ashcott Corner.
Fri 27 July, 8 pm. Staple Plain (nightjars).
Sun 12 Aug, 10 am. Taunton-Bridgwater Canal.
Wed 22 Aug, 10 am. Holford Combe and
Hodders Combe.
Sat 8 Sept, 10 am. Berrow/Brean Down.
Thurs 20 Sept, 10 am. Dawlish Warren.
Talk:
Fri 28 Sept. The world of a wildlife
photographer by David Boag.
RSPB Weston-super-Mare Local Group
Talks: 7.30 pm. St. Paul's Church Hall, Walliscote Rd,
Weston-super-Mare. Members £2, non-members £2.50.
Local Group contact: Eric Allcock, 01934 418162.
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ westonsupermare
Talks:
Thurs 5 July. Speaker TBC (follows AGM).
Thurs 6 Sept. Speaker TBC.
Walks: Wed 25 April, 11 am Black Rock/Velvet Bottom.
Tel: Rosina Robinson, 01749 672749 or
07964 360696.
Mon 7 May, 4.45 am. Dawn Chorus, Westhay.
Tel: Grahame Woodberry, 07766 636481 to book.
Wed 16 May, 10 am. Sand Point. Tel: Rosina
Robinson, 01749 672749/ 07964 360696.
Wed 11 July, 10 am. Cheddar Village. Tel: Trevor
Riddle, 01934 235208.
Wed 5 Sept. 10 am. Shapwick Heath. Tel:Rosina
Robinson, 01749 672749/ 07964 360696.
Event: Thurs 16 Aug, 7 pm. Herons Green, Chew Valley
Lake. Tel: Trevor Riddle, 01934 235208.
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A date
with nature
Let us introduce you...
...to nesting herons in Swell Wood
Weekends in April
10 am-4 pm
The South West's largest (noisiest) heronry
• Squabbling nesting herons, young chicks,
long-legged birds in tree tops.
• Friendly staff - powerful telescopes incredible views!
Contact RSPB Swell Wood
[email protected]
Tel: 01458 252805
...to Cheddar’s amazing peregrines
Easter until end of August
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
4 pm-6 pm
• Peregrine Watch! Join us to watch the fastest animal
on the planet!
• Meet the RSPB at the horseshoe bend car park,
Cheddar Gorge
• Telecope available for public use
• Arrive earlier and make a day of it with a
Cheddar Caves and Gorge Explorer ticket
Contact RSPB South West Regional office
Tel: 01392 432691
Partnership project with Cheddar Caves and Gorge
...to the peregrines at Bath
Easter until early September (days TBC)
11 am-3 pm
• Marvel at fabulous peregrines! Join us on the banks
of the River Avon in Bath City Centre.
• Our friendly staff have powerful telescopes for
incredible views!
Contact RSPB South West Regional office
Tel: 01392 432691
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