Events calendar

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

May
22
Sat
2021
Lower Monnow Valley @ on road by Osbaston School
May 22 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Meet John Coleman at 8:30 am on the road outside Osbaston School (SO507137, NP25 3PU) for an easy walk along farm tracks and road.
Will we see Yellowhammer this year, once common they have been missing for a couple of years?

May
30
Sun
2021
Strawberry Cottage Wood @ Queens Head Pub, Nr Cwmyoy
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet Andrew Cormack at 9:00 am at the Queens Head car park, nr Cwmyoy. (SO311221). Car parking £2: pay at pub.
This is a woodland walk through GWT Strawberry Cottage Wood Reserve where we would hope to see Redstart and Flycatchers amongst the woodland species. The walk has some steep and potentially wet areas. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Jun
4
Fri
2021
Wentwood Forest for Nightjar @ Meet at Cadira Beeches car park
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

An easy walk through Wentwood Forest to look for Nightjar. Meet Gavin Vella at Cadira Beeches car park (ST422948, nearest post code: NP15 1NA) at 8:00 pm. Return will be during darkness, please bring a torch and wear suitable clothing.

Jun
12
Sat
2021
Broadmeend, Beacon Hill and Cleddon Bog @ Beacon View Car Park. SO515054
Jun 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Meet Steph Tyler at 8:30 am at the Beacon View car park for a 3 hour moderate walk to view a variety of species. Certain parts could be wet, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Jul
17
Sat
2021
Ham Wall, RSPB Reserve, Somerset Levels. @ Ham Wall Car Park (Charge for Non-RSPB members
Jul 17 all-day

Meet Dave Brassey at the RSPB Ham Wall car park at 9:00 am for an all day visit. Bring a packed lunch / refreshments. Light refreshments are available at the car park RSPB cabin.
There is no formal procedure for the day, you can stay for as long as you wish.
If there is a need, car sharing may be possible to reduce our carbon footprint.

Aug
1
Sun
2021
Warbler Ringing with Goldcliff Ringing Group – Booking Essential, Weather dependent. @ NWR Uskmouth car park
Aug 1 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Warbler Ringing with Goldcliff Ringing Group - Booking Essential, Weather dependent. @ NWR Uskmouth car park

Booking is essential for this event – book via surveys@gwentbirds.org.uk
The event is also Weather dependent.
See the activities of the Goldcliff Ringing Group as they monitor warblers and other reed dwelling birds at Newport Wetlands Reserve, Uskmouth.

Aug
20
Fri
2021
Birdfair – Rutland Water (dates for your diary) @ Rutland Water
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day
Birdfair - Rutland Water (dates for your diary) @ Rutland Water

Dates for your diary. For information. There will be no formal GOS trip to the event, you may wish to make your own arrangements.

Sep
18
Sat
2021
The Somerset Levels – Stephen Lovell @ via Zoom video conferencing.
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Stephen Lovell, all round naturalist will take us on a journey through the Somerset Levels.

A zoom video meeting. Details will be sent to all members for whom we have e-mail addresses 7-10 days before the event.

Oct
2
Sat
2021
Wildlife of Madagascar – Graham Lenton @ via Zoom video conferencing.
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Graham has a PhD in Ecology and is a traveller and photographer. Join him on this trip through Madagascar highlighting the wide ranging wildlife of the area.

A zoom video meeting. Details will be sent to all members for whom we have e-mail addresses 7-10 days before the event.

Oct
8
Fri
2021
Portland Bird Observatory @ Portland Bird Observatory
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm

A weekend trip to Portland Bird Observatory for autumn migration. We stay at the observatory in multi-occupation rooms. Cost is £17 per person per night payable at the observatory.
Booking essential, bookings taken from 1st July on a first come basis. To book e-mail Dave Brassey: david.brassey@ntlworld.com . If there is a requirement car sharing may be possible.
Meet at the observatory any time after 12:00 mid-day. Bring sleeping bag and food for the week-end. We usually eat out in the evenings at a local pub. (optional)

Oct
16
Sat
2021
Birds of the Horn of Africa @ via Zoom video conferencing.
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join author, editor and tour leader Nigel Redman on a visual extravaganza of the birds of the Horn of Africa.

Oct
17
Sun
2021
Steart Marshes, Somerset @ Car Park at ST25208 44210
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meet Blair Jones at WWT Steart Marshes car park (ST25208 44210) at 9:00 am for a 3 – 4 hour moderate walk around this relatively new reserve.

Oct
23
Sat
2021
Allt-yr yn Nature Reserve @ Fourteen Locks Car Park (£1 charge)
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet Ian Walker at 8:00 am at Fourteen Locks car park (£1.00 charge) for a 2-3 hour walk around this local nature reserve. The walk can be wet in places, wear suitable footwear.

Oct
30
Sat
2021
Travels with a Camera @ via Zoom video conferencing.
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mike Reid award winning photographer will take us on a journey with his camera and show us the fantastic photographs he achieves on his travels.

Nov
13
Sat
2021
52 Shades of Green: Britain’s Top Wildlife Weekends @ via Zoom video conferencing.
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Multi-award-winning writer, photographer, editor, lecturer James Lowen will regale us with tales of Britain’s top wildlife weekends.

52 shades of green: Britain’s best wildlife-watching weekends

​Britain hums with exciting wildlife experiences, which makes our country simply perfect for short staycations. Drawing on his best-selling book 52 wildlife weekends: a year of Britain’s best wildlife-watching breaks, prepare to be escorted the length and breadth of the country to share Britain’s very best wildlife-watching breaks: from puffins to porpoises, otters to orchids, and frogs to fritillaries.

Nov
27
Sat
2021
Aristocrats of the Air @ via Zoom video conferencing.
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We welcome back Keith Offord for another programme of raptor specialities. Keith has studied raptors in central & north wales over many years with a particular knowledge of Hen Harrier.

Nov
28
Sun
2021
WWT Slimbridge @ Slimbridge Car Park
Nov 28 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Meet Dave Brassey at the car park at WWT Slimbridge at 9:15 am for a full day at this exceptional reserve.
An entry fee is payable for Non-WWT members. Winter visitors including Bewick and Whooper Swans. Wear suitable clothing as reserve is very open.
You may wish to bring a packed lunch and refreshments although there are restaurants and refreshment locations around the reserve.
It is hoped that the current booking restrictions will have been lifted by November 2021.

Dec
11
Sat
2021
The Solway – The whole of Cumbria @ via Zoom video conferencing.
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join former RSPB warden and tour guide John Miles for an illustrated talk on the birds and wildlife of Cumbria and the Solway Firth.