GBC field events

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

We’re sorry to announce that we have decided that, at present, all future Kenfig walks and GBC field trips will not run. We took this decision at a committee meeting on Tues 8th Dec in view of the latest Public Health Wales Covid-19 statement, which can be seen here: https://covid19-phwstatement.nhs.wales/. The third and fourth paragraphs are particularly pertinent. We realise that the Welsh Govt rules still state that ‘organised outdoor events’ such as sport or exercise in groups of up to 30 people are still allowed with certain provisos [this is in the exceedingly long FAQ page under “Sport and outdoor activity”, here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance…]. We nevertheless feel that the NHS Wales statement carries more weight, particularly in the phrase ” everyone should immediately start to limit their interactions with other {sic} as much as possible in the lead up to the festive period“, hence our decision. We hope you all understand. We also have in mind of course, the alarming increases in Covid cases in Wales at the moment [10th Dec 2020].

Current meeting arrangements detailed immediately below are therefore suspended for the moment but the H&S guidelines and the section in the main risk assessment regarding trips still applies.

We have health & safety guidelines for walks and field trips.

Bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear. Participants may be expected to car share. The meeting place for many trips is St Margaret’s Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff. We meet at the A4054 end.

Contact John Wilson a reasonable time before the due date.

GBC field and like events are given a ‘rating’ which gives an indication of each events degree of difficulty as follows:

  1. Easy with level paths
  2. Uneven surfaces
  3. Stiles and gates
  4. Some steep slopes, moderately challenging
  5. Quite challenging

Obviously, some visits may involve more than one of these. The rating is given after each trip title.

The interim arrangements below, which were instigated after the Welsh ‘firebreak’ are held in reserve until we know the situation after the Christmas break

Numbers are limited to 10 plus leader and deputy leader. To book the Trip for 9th Dec please email John Wilson as per the instructions below. Please do not request booking by any other means – see below.

Terms and conditions:

  • Booking MUST BE by email to John Wilson’s personal email address, johndw1948@gmail.com, [please note that if you reply to the round robin email that is sent from the glamorganbird.club gmail address, that will be OK as replies are automatically forwarded to John] or to his deputy if necessary, which will be announced.
  • BOOKING REQUESTS BY PHONE, TEXT or WHATSAPP will not be accepted. This is necessary to determine the first come first served bookings. We do not have the facility to set up an online booking system.
  • In successfully booking you confirm that you have read and accepted the risks identified, and their limitations, in the GBC risk assessment written for these ad hoc trips – please see the link in the important announcement at the top of this page.
  • There will be no car sharing except by members of the same ‘extended household’ as defined by Welsh Govt guidelines.
  • DO NOT TURN UP ‘ON SPEC’ – the leader must know who is coming via the booking arrangement.
  • When emailing to book, please let John [or his deputy] know your name[s] and address and contact details for the purposes of track & trace should the need arise.

Monthly Walks at Kenfig National Nature Reserve (2-3)

These take place on the third Saturday, of each month and are listed with the field trips below. Meet at the Reserve Centre at 9.00am and run to 12:00 at the latest. The leader will normally be David Carrington.

2021

Trips, especially in the early part of 2021, shd be regarded as provisional for the time being. At the moment the February trips at least, are pretty academic. Those going ahead, and any changes in our policy regarding numbers and booking etc, will be announced in good time.

Sun 7th Feb – Whiteford Pt/Llanridian (4). One of the best trips of the year. We should see waders, grebes, ducks and geese. The Eiders are always a delight to see. With luck there’ll also be raptors such as Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier. – High Tide 2:19 p.m.

Sat 20th Feb – monthly walk at Kenfig NNR

Thurs 25th Feb – Forest of Dean (2-3). As Goshawks seem to have stsrtrd displaying earlier in the year, we are chancing a February visit to catcht this spectacle. Hawfinch, Marsh Tit, Crossbill and Mandarin couod be on the menu. (Don’t mention Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – they don’t exist!).

Thurs 11th Mar – Fforest Ganol (2-3). A visit to the woodland area north of Tongwynlais, hoping to see Hawfinch amongst the Hornbeam trees, plus other passerines.

Sat 20th Mar – monthly walk at KNNR

Sun 21st Mar – Steart Marshes WWT (2-3). Steart Marshes can be truly spectacular. Past visits have yielded Cattle Egret, Spoonbill, Lapland Bunting, Short-eared Owl and Merlin, and impressive wader flocks. Once we even saw a Pallid Ha rrier!– High Tide approx. midday.

Sat 17th Apr – monthly walk at KNNR

Sun 25th Apr – Mewslade & surrounds (3). This sheltered valley on the Gower often holds interesting migrants. If not there’s always the Choughs and Peregrines nearby.

Sat 15th May – monthly walk at KNNR

Sat 22nd May – Dare Valley CP (3). Summer visitors should be in song.

Tues 8th Jun – evening trip for Nightjar at Llanwonno

Sun 13th Jun – Dinas RSPB reserve

Sat 19th Jun – monthly walk at KNNR

Thurs 15th Jul – Goldcliff – High tide at 11:27

Sat 17th Jul – monthly walk at KNNR

Sat 31st Jul – Taf Fechan LNR

Weds 18th Aug – Kidwelly & Burry Port – High tide approx 2 p.m.

Sat 21st Aug – monthly walk at KNNR

Sat 18th Sep – monthly walk at KNNR

Thurs 7th Oct – Cwm Nash & Nash Pt

Sat 16th Oct – monthly walk at KNNR

Fri 22nd Oct – Sun 24th Oct – Portland Obs, Dorset, weekend – limited spaces