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Forthcoming field trips           No Dogs Please


HOC FIELD MEETINGS


Goldcliff and Newport Wetlands

Wednesday 22nd November, 9.30am

Meet and park cars at roadside or in small car park (ST 370:829 / HR9 6BP) adjacent to Goldcliff NR at 9 30am. Directions from Monmouth: take the A40 then A449 towards Newport at the junction with the M4, cross onto the A48 and near Newport on the dual carriageway turn left at the fourth roundabout (just past Tesco). Turn right and keep straight on towards Goldcliff ignoring signs for RSPB Newport Wetlands. Park 100m past the Farmers Arms (NP18 2AU). Afterwards, visit Newport Wetlands (ST 334:834/NP18 2BZ) for lunch and a walk around the reserve. No dogs please. Contact the leader in adverse weather conditions prior to setting out. We shall be looking for winter waders and ducks.


Leader: Tony Eveleigh (tel: 01989 750297)

Haugh Wood and Hampton Bishop Meadows

December 2nd Saturday
Meet at Forestry car park (SO 590:365) at 9.00 am for a walk around Haugh Wood. Lunch in cars then drive to Hampton Bishop to view the meadows. Moderate gradients. No dogs please.
Leader: Terry Foxton (tel: 01432 611301)

WWT Slimbridge

January 16th Tuesday
Meet at the WWT car park (SO 722:048) (GL2 7BT) at 10.00 am. There is a charge for non members, late arrivals please enquire at reception. Easy walking, warm clothes advised, lunch taken in hides or the restaurant. No dogs please.
Leader: John Pullen (tel: 01600 750266)

Ledbury area
February 20th Tuesday
Meet at the Country car park near the Rugby Club (SO703:367) at 9.30 am for a walk around the edge of Ledbury. Lunch in cars, pm visit Eastnor Deer Park or look for hawfinch if sightings known. No dogs please.
Leader: Richard Davies (tel: 01531 634358)

Credenhill Wood and Brockhall GP
March 17th Saturday
Meet at Credenhill Wood car park (SO 455:440) at 9.30 am for a morning walking in woodland moderate gradients, lunch in cars. Then drive to Brockhall GP to look for wildfowl. Waterproof footwear and warm clothing advised. No dogs please.
Leader: Gerald Parker (tel: 01432 760023)

Future possible meetings: April - Moccas & Brockhampton/Bringsty; May – Olchon Valley & Ham Walls; June—Mordiford & Forest of Dean (Nightjars).


When meetings are outside the county and in times of adverse weather conditions, please contact the leader for an update.

For extra information about any field meeting contact the meeting leader or the meetings secretary, G R Parker. Ordnance Survey map references are given and members should take suitable food, clothing, a first-aid pack (and a torch for evening meetings) or as advised. Leaders are always pleased to welcome and help new members. Walks may be graded, such as: Easy (slight gradients), Moderate (medium gradients), Hard (steeper/longer gradients) and Difficult (only for the really fit).


Dogs should not be taken to any of the Field Meetings.


CAR-SHARING TO DISTANT MEETINGS:  The Committee suggests that distant meetings would be more environmentally friendly if some members would share cars for the journey. There would of course be a reduction in costs for any travelling members who participate in such a scheme. Please enquire with the meeting Leader or the Meetings Secretary next time you would like to join a Club outing to far off parts!


THE LEADER:  Leaders of Field Meetings have the right to abandon or change the meeting if in their opinion weather or some other factor would cause a hazard or render the venue unsuitable for the purpose on the day. Please make yourself known to the Leader on arrival. Should you wish to leave the party for any reason during the meeting do make this known to the Leader.

Herefordshire Ornithological Club is a registered charity England and Wales number 1068608