Upcoming field trip 27th Mar


Next Sunday, 27th March, there’s a field trip to Chew Valley Lake [aka Chew Reservoir] south of Bristol. If you haven’t been, it’s a huge reservoir that offers lots of wildfowl, occasionally waders. We might get some early hirundines. There’s a long staying 1stW Ring-billed Gull there and there has been Cattle Egret, Little Gull, & Scaup recently. There are free roadside viewing areas at Herriot’s Bridge/Pool and Heron’s Green Pool but there are also hides we may want to visit and these require permits from Bristol Water. This also gives access to the nearby Blagdon Reservoir and the Barrow Gurney Tanks, which we have visited in the past. Some of the hide access tracks can be very muddy. NB there has been an update as the permit situation has changed somewhat since our last visit. Please see below.

Due to the new permit arrangements we will meet at 09:30 or as near as is possible in the laybys at Herriot’s Bridge [see the bottom of the map below]. From Penarth acc to Google Maps it’s 1hr 30 mins. As far as I can make out, the post code is BS40 8TF [this is the post code of the cafe]. I have not thus far been able to contact Bristol Water to ask about a group permit but I will try a couple more times. Individual permits have to be obtained online through a ‘portal’ and require password registration – too much red tape!

Access is from the A38 going S from Bristol and taking the next left turn after passing the Barrow Gurney reservoir complex, the turning signed for Chew Magna, called Barrow Lane on Google Maps.

If people wish, we can probably car share for this so if you want to do that then let me know when booking via email. We should meet at St Margaret’s Road, Whitchurch [see map on the website <events>< field trips> page] and aim to leave there at a little after 8. We meet at the Whitchurch Park end of the road. I do need to know one way or the other. If no-one says yes to car sharing I won’t go via Whitchurch as it’s out of my way.

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