GBC field events

The current Welsh Govt Covid status is Alert Level 1, under which legal restrictions on the number of people that can meet outdoors have been removed as detailed here. This is repeated on the NHS Wales website. Thus as of now as far as field trips are concerned, we think we can use common sense as to whether to apply any restrictions on numbers that attend these events, depending on the location [e.g. whether use of hides is necessary or whether the location is an open area]. In order for this to run smoothly we are continuing the booking arrangements that we instigated during the easing period at the end of last year. Full details are in the green text instructions further down this page, including a link to the risk assessment document we have drawn up for the current situation.

Normal 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.

As indicated at the top of this page, the arrangements below, are those we are currently working to for field trips – Monthly KNNR walks will now be as they were under normal circumstances

Numbers in addition to leader and deputy leader may be limited depending on the location . To book please email John Wilson as per the instructions below. Please do not request booking by any other means – see below. Bookings are on a first come first served basis. 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. John Wilson will endeavour to indicate against each trip, how many spaces are available, with regular updates.

Terms and conditions:

  • 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. 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 tripsPLEASE CLICK HERE
  • There will still be no car sharing except by members of the same ‘extended household’ as defined by Welsh Govt guidelines. {We await further statements from the Welsh Govt on this although to date car sharing has not been specifically referred to}
  • 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 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 above arrangements, and any changes in our policy regarding numbers and booking etc, will be announced in good time.

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.

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