Ornithological Club


Forthcoming field trips           No Dogs Please


Gilfach NR (nr Rhayader)

June 9th Friday Please note that the date has been changed because of the general election on the 8th

Meet at the Pont Marteg car park on the right after crossing the cattle grid upon leaving the A470 (SN 952:715) sat nav LD6 5LF at 9.30am. Take the A470 north from Rhayader for approx 3 miles. Look for brown bird sign and turn right for St Harmon on a long left hand bend. Radnor Wildlife Trust reserve comprises beautiful oak woods, open hillside, river and hills. Spring migrants include pied flycatcher, wood warbler and redstart with also the possibility of raptors and tawny owl. Morning walk about 3 miles moderate gradients. Lunch in cars at centre where there are toilets, a picnic area and light refreshments available. Followed by a shorter afternoon walk, no dogs please. Please contact the leader if going for car sharing purposes.

Leader: Gerald Parker (tel: 01432 760023)

HOC contribution to Hereford Walking Festival: Garway Hill area

June 22nd Thursday Please note that the date has been changed

Meet at White Rocks (SO440:245) at 10am where vehicle parking is provided. Directions: From Hereford take the A49 south, at the top of the Callow hill turn right onto the A466 signed Wormelow and Monmouth, after approximately seven miles. Turn right onto the B4521at Broad Oak, after approximately one and a half miles turn right again signed Garway. Just as you pass through the village turn right for Garway Hill, after approximately two miles turn left to White Rocks. This is a circular walk of about three and a half miles, from White Rocks we will walk to the summit where there is a telecoms mast, descend through woods to Fairhouse Farm, return by the Sun and Lower Castre. This is a moderate guided walk and moderate levels of fitness are required. There may be some steep or difficult sections. Estimated time of finish is 13.15. It is hoped to find a good cross section of upland birds on our way. Lunch can be carried or eaten on return to the cars if preferred. No dogs please.

Leader: John Pullen (tel: 01600 750266)

Croft Castle and Bircher Common

July 13th Thursday

Meet at Croft Castle car park by kind permission of the National Trust (SO451:655) satnav HR6 9PW at 9.30am for a walk along Fishpool Valley, through woodland and part of Bircher Common looking for summer migrants and any specials that may be around. Some sections of the walk can be strenuous. Carry lunch, no dogs please. Would NT members please have their membership cards to hand as they have kindly waived the admission charge to non members. However, a donation to the trust will be gratefully received.

Leader: Mervyn Davies (tel: 01981 590298)


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