Ornithological Club


Forthcoming field trips           No Dogs Please


Upton Warren Worcestershire, B61 7ET
September 27th Thursday
Cancelled due to work at the site


Tuesday 16th October

Meet and park cars at roadside or in small car park (ST 370:829), 200 metres past the Farmers Arms (NP18 2AU), adjacent to Goldcliff NR at 9.30am. Directions from Monmouth: take the A 40 then A 449 towards Newport. At the junction with the M4 cross onto the A48 and near Newport on the dual carriage-way turn left at the fifth roundabout (just past Aldi store) on to Nash road. Then turn right (still on Nash road) and keep straight on towards Goldcliff ignoring signs for RSPB Newport Wetlands.

Afterwards visit RSPB Newport Wetlands (ST 334:834 / NP18 2BZ) for packed lunch or lunch at the cafe and a walk around the reserve. No dogs please. Contact the leader in adverse weather conditions prior to setting out.

Leader: Tony Eveleigh (tel: 01989 750297)

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 (  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