Ornithological Club


Forthcoming field trips           No Dogs Please


RSPB Ham Walls

Forest of Dean for Nightjars

14th June Thursday

Meet at the RSPB Nags Head Reserve car park (SO606084) at 6.30 pm. We will have a short walk around part of the reserve to see summer migrants. Then, depending on the weather, we will move on to a Nightjar location. After re-parking cars near the Speech House about 9 pm we will walk about a mile to hear and (see) Nightjars until 10. 30 ish. Torches helpful, stout footwear, warm clothes and insect repellent, moderate gradients. The meeting is weather dependent on a dry evening, so please contact the l eader if the weather looks unsettled. Leader: Nick Smith (tel:07831 730676)

Devereux Wootton Farm. (HOC contribution to Herefordshire Walking Festival).

June 21st, Thursday

Meet at Devereux Wootton Farm (SO385484) (postcode HR4 8QN)at 9.30am. The farm is situated on B4230 between Norton Canon (A480) and Weobley (A4112). A walk of about 3.5 miles around the farm, by kind permission of Patrick Wrixon. No dogs please. Non HOC members will need to book for this meeting on line at

or by post at Herefordshire Walking Festival, 7 St Ethelbert Street, Hereford HR1 2NR.

Leaders: Chris & Phil Williams (tel: 01432 350238)

Canon Frome Court & The Homend

6th July, Friday

Meet at Canon Frome Court car park behind the main house HR8 2TD at 8am. (The GPS often misguides people to the back lane. Go to the main gates next to the kennels.)
We will start in the Church garden, and then walk around the lake looking for warblers and waterfowl. Then head to The Homend and walk through the park, woodlands and fields, doing a circuit back towards Canon Frome Court. Cross the River Frome again, past the old mill, back onto Canon Frome land, where we’ll head up to the orchard and back down the old avenue, returning to our cars. Mostly level walking. Estimated time 3-4 hours. No dogs please.

Leader: Stephanie Greenwood (tel: 07421 749785)

Docklow Circular Walk

July 17th Tuesday
Meet at Docklow Manor - between Bromyard and Leominster on the A44 (SO 5685572) at 10am.

From Worcester direction (east) it is 2.5 miles past the village of Bredenbury (on your left). Look out for a sign to Hampton Wafre Farm. 500m after the sign you will see a belt of trees - look for the Lodge House, take the turning after The Lodge, there will be a sign to Docklow Manor holiday cottages.

From the west via the A49 at Leominster take A44 signed to Worcester. Docklow is 4.5 miles from this junction. Proceed up the hill past the church, The King's Head pub (on the left), Docklow Manor is then 250m on your right, take the drive marked 'holiday cottages to rent', when the drive splits keep left and park in the car park on your right. Please car-share if possible as parking is limited.

Carry lunch. The circular walk will follow footpaths to Hampton Wafre Farm, then on to Wessington Camp (hill fort) on private tracks courtesy of Adam Lewis. In the afternoon we will visit Upper Nicholson Farm which has a house martin colony and large numbers of swallows. We will then detour to the fishing pool observing the surrounding woodland which has a large jackdaw roost and a rookery. Returning to Docklow Manor via footpaths which include the old Bromyard to Leominster railway line. No dogs please.

Leader: Will Watson (tel: 01568 760500)

Wigmore Rolls (Joint HOC walk with Butterfly Conservation)

July 31st, Tuesday

Meet at the site entrance on the minor road leading west from Wigmore village (GR SO397688). Please car-share if possible as parking is limited. We will be following reasonably good forest tracks, but the site is steep in places.

Wigmore Rolls normally supports a reasonably good second brood of Wood White around this time and if we’re lucky enough to get some warm weather we might see a few Silver washed Fritillaries too.

10.30am - 1pm. A slightly later start will hopefully mean that we're more likely to actually see some butterflies!

Leader: Rhona Goddard, Butterfly Conservation Wood white Project officer.
Email: (tel: 01746 762364 or mobile: 07903 038261)

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 (  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