GBC field events

The current Welsh Govt Covid status is now Alert Level 0 as detailed here, under which there are now no limits on the numer of people that can meet. We would still urge participants to wear a face mask if inside, such as in a hide, as these can still be considered indoor puiblic places. We would still like bookings to be made by email to the leader, which in most circumstances is John Wilson. If the leader is to be another person this will be announced in the advance notice of the trip. Any limitations decided on will also be announced in advance and indicated on this page by the trip concerned. Although walk and trip reminders will be emailed to those on the email news list, and via Facebook and Twitter, members can book on any event listed, whenever they wish, subject to the terms & conditions below.

So to summarise, these are the current terms & conditions which apply to the arranged field trips [i.e. excluding the monthly KNNR walks for which see under the KNNR walks heading farther down this page]:

  • Booking MUST BE by email to John Wilson’s personal email address,, [please note that if you reply to the round robin email that is sent from the 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 makes it easier for the leader to keep tabs on who is coming. We do not have the facility to set up an online booking system.
  • DO NOT TURN UP ‘ON SPEC’ – the leader must know who is coming via the booking arrangement.
  • Car sharing – Welsh Govt guidance recommends mask wearing and regular opening of windows during travel at Alert level O, and physical distancing as much as possible, especially when with people you are not normally in contact with – see the Alert level O FAQ page here.

We have health & safety guidelines for walks and field trips [these should of course be read in cognisance of the current Welsh Govt Alert Level O Covid-19 guidance].

Bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear. Car sharing is encouraged if it is safe to do so following Wesh Govt guiudelines – see the current terms & conditions above. If people are happy to car share, the meeting place is St Margaret’s Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff (see map below). We meet at the A4054 end. In line with our Climate Emergency Policy we ask participants in field trips to consider making a voluntary £1 ‘green offset’ donation for each trip they attend. Funds accumulated will be used for tree planting etc. The policy document can be seen here.

Book by email to 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.

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 they generally run to 12:00 at the latest. The leader will normally be David Carrington (077799788738). Names and phone contact details will be requested before the start. There will at some point be a car parking charge at the reserve.


Sun 10th April – Craig Cerrig Gleisiad & Youth Hostel Wood (2-3) – hoping to see Ring Ouzel and Pied Flycatcher

Sat 16th Apr – KNNR monthly walk

Tues 10th May – RSPB Highnam Woods (2) – seeking woodland species and a chance of Nightingale.

Sat 14th May – “Welcome back the Swifts” – in conjunction with the RSPB – come along to our celebration of this iconic bird. Cardiff Bay Barrage from 10:00 until approx 16:00

Sat 21st May – Birdsong special and Kenfig NNR (2-3) – this walk will be dedictaed to birdsong ID – especially suitable for beginners.

Sun 22nd May – RSPB Dinas reserve (4) – A lovely reserve. We hope to see Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Dipper and Red Kite. Meet in car park at SA20 0PG at 10 a.m. For further details see the News page. Let John Wilson know if you’re coming, by email.

Weds 1st Jun – Llanwonno (2) – Part of Wales Nature Week – our annual evening visit to see Nightjars. Meet in the Brynfynnon Hotel car park (ST033956 – CF37 3PH) at 20:30. Bring a torch and insect repellent.

Sat 11th Jun – RSPB Ham Wall and Shapwick (1) – Hobby, Bittern, Marsh Harrier Great White Egret can be expected. NB note change of date from 5th to 11th, due to adverse traffic predictions for 5th – see News page.

Sat 18th Jun – KNNR monthly walk

Sat 9th Jul – Cwm Cadlan NNR & environs (3) – Hoping for upland species such as Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler, Redstart etc. The site can be very wet – waterproof footwear recommended. Some steep, poss slippery paths at beginning and end.

Sat 16th Jul – KNNR monthly walk

Thurs 21st Jul – Llanilid (2-3) – Little Ringed Plover and Spotted Flycatcher are possible. July birding can be slow so we’ll be seeking dragonflies and butterflies too

Sun 7th Aug – The Blorenge (2-3) – Red Grouse will be the main focus, but Whinchat and Tree Pipit are also possible.

Thurs 18th Aug – Goldcliff (2) – Waders should be passing through. Let’s hope that species such as Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper join the regulars. High tide 11:45 a.m.

Sat 20th Aug – KNNR monthly walk

Sun 4th Sep – Pembrey Old Harbour & Kidwelly Quay (2) – hopefully terns & eider at the old harbour and waders at the quay. High tide 12:00

Sat 17th Sep – KNNR monthly walk

Fri 23rd Sep to Sun 25th Sep – Portland (2) – a 2 night stay at Portland Bird Observatory. Main aim is looking for migrant land and sea birds. There are limited spaces in bunk room type accommodation, booking on a first come first served basis by email only, to John Wilson (johndw1948 at gmail dot com). NB this event is now fully booked – however a reserve list can be started in case anyone drops out, so feel free to contact John by email [see above] if you’d like to be on that list.

Sat 8th Oct – Mewslade & environs (2-3) – Migrants pass through the valley. We hope to see Chough too.

Sat 15th Oct – KNNR monthly walk

Tues 18th Oct – Sker Pt and Kenfig rivermouth (3) – Waders such as Golden Plover, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper and Knot may be back. It’s a fair walk but flat from Sker Pt along to the rivermouth.

Tues 8th Nov – Parc Cwm Darran & Rhaslas Pond (2) – Raptors can be expected plus Goosander and other wildfowl on Rhaslas

Sat 19th Nov – KNNR monthly walk

Sun 27th Nov – Peterston Moors (2-3) – Following the November talk we’ll explore the flood plains of the R. Ely for Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Dipper etc. Wellies recommended.

Sun 11th Dec – Slimbridge WWT (1) – Expect to see swans and geese aplenty, and lots of wildfowl and hopefully some waders. Entry fee for non-members of WWT.

Sat 17th Dec – KNNR monthly walk


Mon 2nd Jan – Cosmeston & Cardiff Bay (2) – New Year bird watch. Kick off the New Year with a good variety of ducks, gulls, grebes etc.

Sun 15th Jan – Whiteford Point & Llanrhidian (4) – Expect waders, grebes, ducks and geese. There should be raptors such as Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier. High tide 11:00

Sat 21st Jan – KNNR monthly walk

Sun 5th Feb – Chew & Blagdon (2) – Ducks and gulls will be the main focus but Great White Egrets are now regular

Sat 18th Feb – KNNR monthly walk

Sun 26th Feb – Ogmore (2) – We hope to see Purple Sandpipers on the rocks plus Goldeneye on the river. High tide 10:15

Sun 5th Mar – Forest of Dean (2-3) – Hoping for views of displaying Goshawks. Hawfinch, Marsh Tit, Crossbill and Mandarin are also likely to be on the menu.

Thurs 16th Mar – South Gower (2-3) – Planning to visit sites such as Blackpill, Mumbles, Bracelet Bay and beyond. Let’s hope we see some divers and sea ducks. High tide c. midday

Sat 18th Mar – KNNR monthly walk

Sat 15th Apr – KNNR monthly walk

Tues 25th April – Goldcliff (2) – Waders should be starting to breed. Let’s hope that the Avocets are successful this year. High tide 10:00