GBC indoor events

Please note that in view of the Corona virus situation and in view of Welsh Government advice and regulations, all GBC activities are currently cancelled until further notice. This includes the AGM which was scheduled for 28th April. Given the timescales we have decided to effectively have a 2 year summary etc at the AGM in 2021, on 27th April. The accounts for 2019-2020 will also be presented at that meeting along with those for 2020-2021.

We are considering holding some virtual online ‘indoor’ meetings, e.g. via Zoom. These will be announced in the list of events below, whether they are the same as, or different from, those originally scheduled.

Glamorgan Bird Club indoor events are held at 7:45pm on the first Tuesday of each of the winter months at:

The Miners Welfare Hall, Heol-Y-Groes, Pencoed, Bridgend CF35 5PE.

The meetings will make a prompt start at 7:30 p.m. at this venue so please aim to be there at 7:15. This is because there is a finish time limit on the hall. It’s very close to J.35 of the M4. Here’s the details: Pencoed Miner’s Welfare Hall, 51-53 Heol-Y-Groes. CF35 5PE
M4 Junction 35
Take A473 North to Pencoed.
First left at the next roundabout, onto Felindre Road. Go past the Rugby Club and swimming pool on the left.
Turn right at the T junction onto Coychurch Road.
Turn right at the crossroads by the monument, just past a garage on the right.
The Miner’s Welfare Hall is on the left, access to the car park is just past the building. A map is below.

Contact: Paul Denning (01443 202607) for details.

2020

Tuesday 7th January – Review of 2019 (I) – A new venture to replace the Member’s Own,. We’ll be looking at highlights of the past year. Meeting to be held at Pencoed Miner’s Welfare Hall, Starting at 7:30. Please note the new venue – full details here in the News posts. Please aim to be there by 7:15. We must finish by 9:30.

Tuesday 4th February – Birding in E. Europe – Paul Bowden (I). Paul will tell us about recent visits to Belarus and Bulgaria.

Tuesday 3rd March – The Pantanal of Brazil – John Wilson (I). Expect Jaguars, Giant River Otters and a host of birds.

Tues 28th April – AGM – of necessity this was initially postponed but is now cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and there will be a ‘combined’ in 2021 – the date is at the end of this list. See also the top header on this page.

Tues 6th October – The lost peatlands project. Mike Shewring has been working on this initiative to try and restore our degraded peat uplands. We hope to learn about the work to bring these areas back to life. Snipe, Dunlin, Curlew, and Golden Plover rely on such habitats.

Tues 3rd November – 30 years of Glamorgan Bird Club. Richard Smith was one of the founding members. He’ll take us through the archives to celebrate this notable anniversary.

Tues 1st December – Birding in the Netherlands. Roger White will take us to some of the top birding sites in the Netherlands. Certainly a new destination for GBC.

2021

Tues 5th January – GBC review of 2020. Our second annual review. A look back at the highlights of 2020 – not just in terms of birds but also of the Club.

Tues 2nd February – North Africa. Paul Bowden will take us to warmer climes – Morocco, Libya and Egypt. His photos and video are always first class.

Tues 2nd March – Thailand. John Wilson will show us some of the highlights of a trip to Thailand at the start of 2020 [before the Covid pandemic kicked off!]. Expect some stunning birds and scenery.

Tues 27th April – AGM & Quiz