GBC field events

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Now that the Welsh firebreak regarding Covid-19 has ended, your committee have decided again to try and run some trips and walks to suitable locations. We have drawn up a supplementary risk assessment for such activities which can be seen here. Anyone who is interested in joining any of these events should read this risk assessment document as it contains important information about the limitations and other requirements of participants. The usual precautions regarding Covid-19 apply of course. Other terms and conditions which we have decided on are detailed below in green font. Trips are detailed below that section and will be announced on our Facebook page and Twitter and to those members who have opted to receive email news, and on this website News blog page. Current meeting arrangements detailed immediately below are 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. {NB the latter and car sharing are not applicable during our interim Covid-19 period}.

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.

Proposed trips during Covid-19 post lockdown

For the remainder of 2020 now, there are just two KNNR walks and 1 field trip which are still subject to the terms & conditions below.

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. Please note that numbers are limited as per the field trips, and booking is required under the same arrangements.

2020

Weds 9th DecLamby/Cors Crychydd Reen/Rumney Great Wharf (2). A walk down to and along Rumney Great Wharf, hoping to see waders, gulls, ducks and who knows, maybe a Short-eared Owl? The Wharf can be very muddy so boots or wellies recommended. – High Tide 14:07. Meet 10:30 in the Parc Tredelerch / Lamby Lake car park, immed off the first exit of the roundabout along Lamby Way opposite the landfill site entrance.

Sat 19th Dec KNNR monthly walk

2021

Trips, especially in the early part of 2021, shd be regarded as provisional for the time being. The possibilities are very dependent on how the Covid situation develops, one way or the other, over the winter. Those going ahead, and any changes in our policy regarding numbers and booking etc, will be announced in good time.

Weds 6th Jan – Ogmore (2). The Ogmore river upstream of its mouth usually has both Goldeneye and Goosander. Past visits have produced Water Pipit, Mediterranean Gull and Purple Sandpiper– High Tide 11:24

Sun 24th Jan – Exminster/Bowling Green Marsh (2). It’s been quite a while sonce we have visiterd this location. The Exe estuary can be good for grebes and geese, and there is usually a sizeable Avocet flock in the winter. High Tide approx. 2:34 [Plymouth]

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 alwasy a delight to see. With luck there’ll also be raptors such as Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier. – High Tide 2:32

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.

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.

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.