Events calendar

All indoor meetings are held at Goytre Village Hall, Newtown Road, Penperlleni, NP4 0AR

Feb
23
Sun
2020
Slimbridge – note revised date @ WWT Slimbridge, Car Park 09:15 am
Feb 23 all-day

A full day visiting WWT Slimbridge. Meet Dave Brassey in the car park at 9:15 am. There is a charge payable for entry unless you are a member of WWT.
Winter visitors include Bewick and Whooper Swans.
Visit the new observation hide with views across the reserve.
There are catering facilities on site or you may wish to bring your own food.

Mar
7
Sat
2020
Urban Gulls! @ Goytre Village Hall
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Peter Rock will speak about the history of urban breeding and show why these gulls are vilified and what’s been done to rid our towns and cities of this ‘serious menace’. Or to put it another way, what the gulls have done to upset the world and how visibly the world has responded. Yes, he has the pictures! He’ll also speak about what he’s been doing over the years and what he’s found out. No, they’re not thuggish, nor are they vengeful… The truth is quite different from the mis- and disinformation we’ve all heard. Come along and discover who these birds really are!

Mar
15
Sun
2020
Breeding Bird Survey Training @ Rudry Parish Hall,
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mar
21
Sat
2020
There’s a Tapir at the Door! @ Goytre Village Hall
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
There's a Tapir at the Door! @ Goytre Village Hall

Gary Prescott, ‘the Biking Birder’,  will introduce us to the birds, reserves and people seen and met during the three years spent cycling around the UK and the seven months spent cycling and packrafting in Peru. Come and learn about The Biking Birder years, including becoming the UK, the European and World Green Birding Champion in 2016!

Apr
4
Sat
2020
Following in the Footsteps of Darwin – A Modern Naturalist in Chile @ Goytre Village Hall
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Following in the Footsteps of Darwin – A Modern Naturalist in Chile @ Goytre Village Hall

After a lifetime of being captivated and inspired by Charles Darwin and his voyage on the Beagle, Baz tells the story of his visit to Patagonia and The Andes, including some of its history and wildlife.

Apr
25
Sat
2020
Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan @ Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A moderate 2 – 3 hour walk for mountain & moorland birds.
Meet Nick Beswick at the ASDA Brynmawr car park at 9:00 am

May
9
Sat
2020
Blaen Bran Woodland @ Blaen Bran Woodland, Upper Cwmbran
May 9 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Meet Keith Roylance at the entrance car park to Blaen Bran Woodland, Upper Cwmbran at 8:30 am for a moderate 3 hr walk through this community woodland. Woodland birds with potential for cuckoo 7 raptors on the mountainside above the wood.

May
23
Sat
2020
Lower Monnow Valley @ Osbaston School, NP25 3PU
May 23 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Meet John Coleman on the roadside by Osbaston School, Monmouth, NP25 3PU (SO507137) at 8:30 am for a leisurely 3 hr walk along the banks of the Monnow and country lanes. Will Yellowhammers be here this year?

May
31
Sun
2020
Strawberry Cottage Wood @ Strawberry Cottage Wood
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet Andrew Cormack at the walkers car park, Queen’s Head Pub, Nr. Cwmyoy (SO311221) at 9:00 am. Fee payable to pub for car parking.
A woodland walk for Redstart and Flycatchers. There are some steep climbs during the walk, wear suitable footwear.

Jun
5
Fri
2020
Wentwood Forest @ Cadira Beeches
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

An easy walk to look for Nightjar. Meet Gavin Vella at Cadira Beeches car park at 20:00 for a 2 – 3 hour walk.

Jul
4
Sat
2020
Goytre House Wood @ Meet at Goytre Village car park
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

An easy walk through the Society owned woodland in search of Spotted Flycatcher and other woodland species.
The walk continues along the canal tow path to Goytre Wharf where a short break will be taken for refreshments (bring your own or purchase in the cafe).
The return via Goytre Hall wood back to the car park. Approx. 3 hours.

Jul
12
Sun
2020
Broadmeend, Beacon Hill and Cleddon Bog @ Beacon View car park (SO515054)
Jul 12 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Meet Steph Tyler at 8:30 am at Beacon View car park (SO515054) for a moderate 3 hour walk in this largely unspoilt part of Gwent.

Jul
18
Sat
2020
Ham Wall RSPB Reserve @ Ham Wall Car Park (ST449396)
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Meet Dave Brassey at Ham Wall reserve car park at 9:00 am for a full days birding on this large RSPB reserve. Breeding Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Hobby and many more. Easy walking on level paths. Bring packed lunch, Limited food facilities at the car park.
Car parking free for RSPB members, a charge for non-members – remember to bring your membership card for verification.

Aug
2
Sun
2020
Uskmouth – Bird Ringing – Booking essential, weather dependent. @ Newport Wetlands Reserve - Uskmouth
Aug 2 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

This event is organised by the Goldcliff Ringing Group and booking is essential – book at: surveys@gwentbirds.org.uk
The event is weather dependent.
It is expected that various warblers and other reed bed passerines will be caught in the nets and ringed. Come and learn more about the activities of the Goldcliff Ringing Group.

Park at the RSPB car park at Uskmouth – free to RSPB members (obtain a token from the centre). Charge payable for non-members.

Aug
21
Fri
2020
Birdfair – Rutland Water @ Rutland Water
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm

For information only – A date for your diary.

Sep
26
Sat
2020
A Peregrine Obsession @ Goytre Village Hall
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Peregrine Obsession @ Goytre Village Hall

Simon Bedford will tell us about his relationship with peregrines, from schoolboy to Schedule 1 license holder, and introduce us to the ecology of this magnificent species.

Oct
2
Fri
2020
Portland Bird Observatory @ Portland Bird Observatory
Oct 2 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 4 @ 11:00 am

Stay at the bird observatory on Portland Bill for a two night stay. £16 per night in shared accomodation. Take sleeping bag and food for self catering. Booking essential as accommodation is limited Book from 1st July with Dave Brassey.
Car sharing encouraged as there is limited parking at the observatory.

Oct
10
Sat
2020
Vultures and other Wildlife of Extremadura @ Goytre Village Hall
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Oct
17
Sat
2020
Ynys-y-Fro @ Fourteen Locks car park
Oct 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet Ian Walker at Fourteen Locks car park (Small charge) for a 2 to 3 hour walk along the canal and across fields.
Wellies advisable as route can be extremely muddy in places. Refreshments available at the end of the walk in the Fourteen Locks cafe at the car park.

Oct
24
Sat
2020
Breeding Northern Owls – Snowys to Pygmys @ Goytre Village Hall
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm