GBC field events

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

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

These take place on the third Saturday, of each month. Note the non-running of the one due on Saturday 21 April 2018. Meet at the Reserve Centre at 9.00am and run to 12:00 at the latest.

Contact: Strinda Davies for details, or alternatively Dave Carrington (07790939743)

2019

Sunday 7th April – South Gower Coast (F) 2-3
Hoping to see migrants. Seabirds should be returning to their nesting sites at this time.

Saturday 13th April – Marshfield & Pilning (F) 2-3

There should be Corn Buntings at Marshfield. We could also see species such as Red-legged Partridge, Barn and Little Owls. Expect waders at Pilning Wetlands. High tide: 13:53.

Sun 28th April – Big Birding Day No. 8 at Kenfig Nature Reserve – 10 a.m. There’ll be lots to do – guided bird walks, bird ringing demo, moth trapping and children’s activities. Refreshments, cake stall, book stall, plant stall.

Sunday 12th May – Salisbury Plain (F) 2 – We hope to see some species which are rarely (if ever) seen in our region – e.g. Stone Curlew, Wood Lark, Turtle Dove, Corn Bunting etc.

Wednesday 22nd May – Magor Marsh SSSI (F) 2 – Summer migrants shd be here. We might see butterflies and dragonflies too and possibly Water Vole/or Water Shrew. This will be an approx 2 hour walk although there is the option of calling in at Goldcliff afterwards. We propose to meet at the reserve at 10 a.m. Here’s a page of info re location etc. – click here.

Wednesday 5th June – Llanwonno (F) 2 – Wales Nature Week – hoping to see Nightjars. Meet in the Brynfynnon Hotel car park (ST033956 – CF37 3PH) at 20:30. Bring a torch and insect repellent.

Sunday 23rd June – Somerset Levels (F) 2 – A lovely area with the possibility of seeing warblers and egrets plus Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo, Hobby etc.

Sunday 7th July – Kidwelly/Pembrey/ Burry Port (F) 2 – a gorgeous coastal location where terns, gulls and waders will be our main focus.

Wednesday 17th July – Dare Valley Country Park (F) 2-3 – Some upland birding this month, hoping for Redstarts, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers.

Thursday 18th July – an extra event – in partnership with the RSPB there will be an evening walk across the Cardiff Bay Barrage, starting at 7 p.m. in the car park at the Penarth end.

Wednesday 7th August – Goldcliff and Uskmouth (F) 3 – High tide 12:30. Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers, Avocets and Yellow Wagtails might be present. Return migration should be under way – a good time to catch up with juvenile waders. Meet at the Goldcliff car parking area at 10 a.m. or park on the verge outside if you don’t fancy the small bridge on the entrance track. Let John Wilson know if you are coming – see contacts page. Here’s a map if you’re not familiar with the location: Click here

Wednesday 11th September – Nash Pt and Cwm Nash (F) 2-3NB Just a heads up. I have decided to cancel this trip. I am away all week and there’s no deputy available. If some club members wish to contact each other and arrange to go, that’s fine but it will have to be considered as a private trip out and not a GBC trip. Sorry to disappoint. John Wilson

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Portland Observatory (F) 2 – a weekend visit staying Fri and Sat nights. Autumn migration shd be under way. Contact John Wilson to secure your place – max 18 beds. There are 6 spaces on this trip, all in 3 or 4 bunk rooms. Please let me, John Wilson, know if you want to come. At the moment I’m thinking about leaving Cardiff at around 7:30 – I need to get out of Penarth sharpish before the morning queue. So if anyone wants a lift then meet up at St Margaret’s Rd at 7:30 but please let me know. If no-one’s doing that I’ll leave straight from Penarth. If you’ve not been before full details are HERE. It’s £22 per night for non-PBO members.

Sunday 6th October – Steart Marshes (F) 2 – HT 12:43.  A fantastic reserve. We should see raptors and waders galore. Brown Hare and Roe Deer are regulars. Leave Cardiff at 8 a.m. or meet at the car park at Steart at around 09:40. Let John Wilson know in advance if you want to meet at St Margaret’s Road.

Tuesday 22nd October – Goldcliff Pools (F) 2 – HT 13:30. A return visit to Goldcliff pools hoping for species such as Little Stint and other passage waders.

Sunday 3rd November – South Gower (F) 2-3 – It’s still not too late for migrants to be passing through and there may be divers and/or skuas offshore.

Wednesday 13th November – Garwnant & Cwm Cadlan (F) 2-3 – Last winter’s Great Grey Shrike might return. We also hope to catch up with Crossbill, Willow Tit, Redpoll and Siskin.

Sunday 1st December – Slimbridge WWT (F) 1 – HT 10:30. The Bewick’s Swans should be back, along with many other goose and duck species. There is an entrance fee for non-WWT members.

Wednesday 18th December – Ogmore (F) 2-3 HT 11:00. With luck we’ll see Purple Sandpipers on the coastal rocks and Goldeneye numbers should be building up on the estuary.

2020

Sunday 5th January – Whiteford & Llanridian (F) 4 HT 13:43. Always a good start to the new year with plenty of waders, ducks, and geese, and hopefully divers and grebes. Llanrhidian may have Hen Harrier and Owls

Wednesday 22nd January – Cardiff Bay & Cosmeston (F) 2. Gulls are likely to be the main focus of this trip, although Black redstart has been seen round the Bay in past winters.

Sunday 2nd February – Penclaccwydd WWT (F) 1. There have been surprises on recent trips, including Spoonbill and Otter. There is an entrance fee for non-WWT members.

Wednesday 19th February – Aberthaw & Gileston (F) 2. A Black Redstart was present last year. Turnstones and Rock Pipits are likely on the rocks and Brent Geese might be near the river, possibly including the regular Pale-bellied birds. The lagoon often has Snipe, Little Grebe and Kingfisher.

Sunday 8th March – Forest of Dean (F) 2-3. Goshawk, Hawfinch, Marsh Tit and Mandarin have been regular on previous trips.

Wednesday 25th March – Kenfig & Sker (F) 2-3. Ducks and Gulls will be the main focus, although Kenfig has the habit of throwing up surprises.

Sunday 19th April – St. David’s Vale (F) 2-3. We’ll try for upland species such as Curlew and possibly Cuckoo. Other early migrants maybe around too.

Wednesday 29th April – Craig-y-Cilau & Blorenge (F) 2-3. A lovely location with Redstarts, Marsh Tits and Tree Pipits all likely, We’ll look for Whinchat and Red Grouse on the Blorenge.