GBC field events

The current Welsh Govt Covid status is Alert Level O, under which legal restrictions on the number of people that can meet outdoors [and indeed indoors] have been removed as detailed here. This is repeated on the NHS Wales website here. Thus as of now as far as field trips are concerned, we think we can more or less return to normal in terms of numbers of participants, but we reserve the right to use common sense as to whether to apply any restrictions on numbers if we think the location warrants it [e.g. where the location is known to require the use of hides of limited size]. Thus bookings should still 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. If a limit on numbers has been decided upon, John Wilson will endeavour to indicate in advance against the trip affected, how many spaces are available, with regular updates.

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 is necessary to determine the first come first served bookings where necessary. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. The meeting place for many trips is St Margaret’s Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff. 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. 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 are now taking place as normal 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. Names and phone contact details will be requested before the start.

At the moment the trips listed below are going ahead under the arrangements detailed at the top of this page, and any changes in our policy regarding numbers and booking etc, will be announced in good time.

The following list also includes the dates for all the KNNR monthly walks.


Sat 15th May – monthly walk at KNNRroom for 2 more participants

Sat 22nd May – Dinas RSPB Reserve for the classic Welsh woodland birds [3,4] – currently full

Tues 8th Jun – evening trip for Nightjar at Llanwonno – meet 8:30 p.m. in the dirt car park below the Brynffynon Arms hotel, Llanwonno – orange arrow on this map GR ST031956 – seven spaces left

Sun 13th JunDare Valley CP – summer visitors in general. Email John Wilson for a place. The plan is to meet at the car park there at 9:30 a.m. Bring packed lunch. Here’s a link to the Country Park info site:

Sat 19th Jun – monthly walk at KNNR

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

Sat 17th Jul – monthly walk at KNNR

Sun 1st Aug – Llanilid – leader Alan Rosney – fully booked

Weds 18th Aug – Kidwelly & Burry Port – High tide approx 2 p.m. Meet 10 a.m. at the Burry Port old harbour car parking area past the Shoreline static caravan park [i.e. not Kidwelly first as we have previously done]. Full details and map on this website News page

Sat 21st Aug – monthly walk at KNNR

Sat 18th Sep – monthly walk at KNNR – 2

Sun 26th Sep – Aberthaw – 2

Thurs 7th Oct – Cwm Nash & Nash Pt – 4 – meeting 9 a.m. in the field car park beyond the Plough & Harrow Pub. Full details and maps on the News blog

Sat 16th Oct – monthly walk at KNNR – 2

Fri 22nd Oct – Sun 24th Oct – Portland Obs, Dorset, weekend -2 – limited spaces – NB this is now fully booked from advanced bookings before actively advertising. The Obs is open for staying visitors but they are limiting numbers especially for Oct onwards when eves will be getting darker and people will be indoors together for longer.

Tues 9th Nov – Cardiff Bay – 1

Sat 20th Nov – KNNR monthly walk

Sat 27th Nov – Newton Point & Beach & environs – 2 – High tide approx 11:34

Sun 12th Dec – Steart Marshes reserve – 1 – HT approx 13:13 – waders, poss Short-eared Owl, wildfowl

Sat 18th Dec – KNNR monthly walk


Sun 9th Jan – Whiteford Pt – Gower – 4 [beginning and end] – HT approx 11:05 – Eider, Brents, poss divers, scarcer grebes

Sat 15th Jan – KNNR monthly walk

Thurs 27th Jan – Garwnant forestry – possibility of Gt Grey Shrike, Crossbill, Redpoll, Siskin, Willow Tit – 2

Tues 8th Feb – Ham Wall {Somerset Levels} winter visit – 1

Sat 19th Feb – KNNR monthly walk

Sun 27th Feb – Forest of Dean – trying a bit earlier for Goshawk etc – 2

Thurs 10th Mar – coastal walk from Rest Bay to Sker & back – 2 – HT approx 11:18

Sat 19th Mar – KNNR monthly walk

Sun 27th Mar – Chew Reservoir – 1

Sat 16th Apr – KNNR monthly walk