GBC field events

FURTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

This announcement supercedes all the info below, which is retained for future use for when things start to return to normal. So, in view of the first minister’s address yesterday [22nd Sep 2019] we have regrettably decided that we can no longer run field trips and walks as this would be contrary to the first minister’s request that travel should be restricted to essential travel only. Although the plans were to visit areas where social distancing was not problematical, we nevertheless feel that as a club, we should err on the side of caution and follow the request, even though this has not been set as a mandatory requirement. Of course, in any event, many club members are unable to travel outside their county boundaries. We realise that this is disappointing and denies many folk something to look forward to, but these are challenging times. We hope you understand.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT {superceded – see above}

In view of the lifting of some restrictions regarding Covid-19 your committee have decided 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

Currently superceded as per the announcement at the top of this page

For the remainder of 2020 we have decided that we can run nearly all the trips originally scheduled and these are listed after the terms & conditions below. The only changes are that the proposed trip to Strumble on 27th Sep is replaced by a trip to Rhossili/The Worm/Port Eynon [due to space limitations], the weekend stay at Portland Obs is very doubtful, and the proposed trip to Goldcliff on 9th Nov is cancelled due to space limitations. All the running trips are still subject to the terms & conditions below.

Numbers are limited to 10 plus leader and deputy leader. To book please email John Wilson at johndw1948@gmail.com. John will confirm the success or not of your booking. 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, or to his deputy if necessary, which will be announced.
  • BOOKING REQUESTS BY PHONE, TEXT or WHATSAPP, or the GBC EMAIL ADDRESS 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 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

Sat 19th Sep – KNNR monthly walk

Sun 27th Sep – Rhossili/The Worm/Port Eynon. A change of venue as Strumble was considered to be too problematic – limited room in the shelter.

Sat 17th Oct KNNR monthly walk

{Fri 16th – Sun 18th Oct – Portland Obs weekend (2). NB this trip is very doubtful due to the bunk bed accommodation.} 15 beds only – 2 twins, 2 four-bed rooms and 1 three-bed room] – contact John Wilson to secure a spot. Autumn migration should be well under way.

Thurs 29th Oct – Nash Point & Cwm Nash (3). Migrant passerines often feed up in the valley. The sycamores have attracted Yellow-browed Warblers in the past. There are of course residents such as Chough and Fulmar to see too.

This following trip will not run – hides are involved and the viewing platforms have limited space and there are always a significant number of other users, so social distancing would be a problem.
{Mon 9th Nov – Goldcliff (2-3).}

Sat 21st Nov KNNR monthly walk

Sun 29th Nov – Chew & Blagdon (2). There’s always something to see on these reservoirs. Great White Egrets are regular and rarer gulls & ducks often turn up. There’s a small charge for a permit. We will probably not be able to use the hides, but there is easy viewing at Herriots Bridge and Heron’s Green Bay, and the visitor centre car park.

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

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.