GBC field events

Please note that in view of the Corona virus situation and in view of Welsh Government advice and regulations, all GBC field trips and walks are currently cancelled until further notice. {This includes the AGM which is scheduled for 28th April}.

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. 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 (07817178636)

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. Alan Rosney is leading this trip as John Wilson is away. Please click here for full details – it will take you to the relevant News post.

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.

Thursday 21st May – Nelson Wern & Parc Penallta (2). We’re hoping to see Willow Tits.We’ve seen both Garden Warbler and Whitethroat on previous visits. The poinds can be good the damsel and dragonflies

Tues 2nd Jun – eve Nightjar trip (2). Meet in the Brynfynnon Arms Hotel car park ST033956 – CF37 3PH at 20:30. Bring a torch and insect spray – could get chilly later too.

Thurs 11th Jun – pre planned barrage walk with RSPB (1). A joint event with Cardiff RSPB group. We’ll take a stgroll across the barrage to check the swift tower. Last yr we saw Swifts and also other species such as Whitethroat, Rock Pipit, Sand Martin, Great Crested Grebe, Peregrine and Mediterranean Gull.

Sun 28th Jun – Dinas RSPB (4-5). A lovely reserve in beautiful surroundings, We hope to see Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Dipper, Wood Warbler and Red Kite.

Sun 12th July – Goldcliff (2-3). There should still be breeding waders about, hopefully Little and Ringed Plovers, plus Avocets on the lagoons. High Tide middle of the day

Weds 29th Jul – Tef Fechan NR (2-3). This limestone landscape is best known for its flora and insect life but we should encounter some upland specialities such as Redstart.

Thurs 13th Aug – Burry Port & Kidwelly Quay (2-3). Coastal birds will be the focus. The quay is a good vantage point for observing waders, egrets and the like. There may be terns too – at Burry Port.

Sun 27th Sep – Strumble and Pembs coast (2-3). An early start – 2 ½ hrs to Strumble. With favourable winds, Strumble can be good for the passage of skuas, terns, divers, auks and shearwaters, With luck dolphins and porpoises might also show.

Fri 16th – Sun 18th Oct – Portland Obs weekend (2). 15 beds only – 2 twins, 2 four-bed rooms and 1 three-bed room] – contact John Wilson rto 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.

Mon 9th Nov – Goldcliff (2-3). A return visit. Ducks and waders should be back. Species such as Little Stint can linger into November. – High Tide 12:32.

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.

Weds 9th Dec – Lamby/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 veruy muddy so boots or wellies recommended. – High Tide 14:07

2021

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 qwuite 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.