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Forthcoming field trips           No Dogs Please


HOC FIELD MEETINGS



Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop - am only
September 6th Thursday
Meet at lay–by near Bunch of Carrots Inn at Hampton Bishop (SO 550:382) at 9.30am for a walk along the river Wye heading downstream. Waterproof footwear essential, easy walking with no excessive gradients. Noted for a good cross section of birds and a few rarities! We will finish at Mordiford Bridge where some of the cars can be parked in advance to ferry people back to Hampton Bishop. No dogs please.

Leader: Gerald Parker (tel: 01432 760023)

Upton Warren Worcestershire, B61 7ET
September 27th Thursday
There is limited parking so meet in the Webbs of Wychbold Garden Centre car park across from the reserve at 9.15am - as close to the exit as is sensible. (Take Junction 5 off the M5 onto the A38 and follow the brown signs to Webbs). Car share to go to The Moors in the morning - (freshwater pools) and subsequently to The Flashes (saline pools) after lunch, we should see lots of wildfowl and wetland birds from the various hides. For information about the site including direction of how to get there, check out,

www.worcestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/reserves/upton-warren.  If you are a Wildlife Trust member, please bring your membership card with you, if you are not a member you will need to purchase a day-pass (currently, £3) from the sailing centre cafe, this can be done after our visit to The Moors if necessary. There are toilets either at Webbs or at the Sailing Club Cafe.

Leader: Sue Griffin (tel: 07572 308056)

Wapley Hill
November 8th Thursday
Meet at 9.30 am in the car park (SO 359:622). Walk through the wood looking for winter finches and possible marsh and willow tits. Lunch in cars then pm to Shobdon Lakes meeting at SO 401:629 for a short walk. No dogs.

Leader: John Pullen (tel: 01600 750266)

Bodenham Lake and Wellington Gravel Pits
December 9th Sunday
Meet at 10am at the Bodenham Lake car park (SO 529:512) HR1 3JT For a visit to the hides and a look at the ongoing project work, then on to Wellington gravel pits. Wildfowl and other wetland birds will be the focus of the day. Please bring a packed lunch, nearest toilets Queenswood. No dogs please.

Leader: Trevor Hulme (tel: 016432 882071)

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 Field meetings Coordinator, Gerald Wells (geraldwells1940@outlook.com  01531 640124).

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