Remote Himalayan Birding and Expedition Medicine

  • Apr 19th 2018
  • Time: 19:30
  • Type: Talk
  • Organiser: SOS

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A talk by Gus Robin.
Free event. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Venue: Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton TA3 5JD

Westhay Moor | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Westhay Moor

  • Mar 24th 2018
  • Time: 09:30
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: SOS

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Leaders Alison Everett and Eve Tigwell.
Meet at Daggs Lane Car Park, ST456 438, BA6 9TX

The Andean Condor - the demise and fall of a deity | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

The Andean Condor - the demise and fall of a deity

  • Mar 22nd 2018
  • Time: 19:30
  • Type: Talk
  • Organiser: SOS

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A talk by Rob Wiliams.
Free event. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Venue: Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton TA3 5JD

Big wetland duck watch | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Big wetland duck watch

  • Feb 24th 2018
  • Time: 10:00-12:00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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In the winter tens of thousands of ducks and waders visit the fields at West Sedgemoor.  Along with the chance to see hunting marsh harriers and peregrine falcons and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Somerset cranes, this all makes for an unmissable experience. Join local RSPB guides for a rare opportunity to witness this wildlife spectacle.
Location: Postcode: TA10 0PH
Price: £6 non-member /£4 member / £3 child non-member / £2 child member. Booking essential. Directions will be provided when booking. Payable on the day.
For bookings: Telephone: 07774 620879 or  E-mail: west.sedgemoor@rspb.org.uk.
Binoculars and telescopes available.  Be sure to wear warm clothing and stout footwear (walking boots or Wellingtons).

Telescope and Binocular Open Day | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Telescope and Binocular Open Day

  • Feb 24th 2018
  • Time: 10:00-16:00
  • Type: Misc.
  • Organiser: RSPB

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Time for some new optics?  Head down to our Ham Wall nature reserve to meet our friendly experts for advice and to try a few optics out!
Knowledgeable experts from the RSPB Shop in Darts Farm Exeter will be on site to guide you through our range of binoculars, telescopes, tripods and accessories. Just drop in any time between 10.00 am-4.00 pm. We would love to see you! (Cash and card payments accepted).
There will also be a range of seasonal items from the shop available to purchase on the day, such as bird feeders, bird food, cards, wrapping paper, diaries and calendar's. If you would like to know what additional items will be brought, or to request any specific items, please contact the shop directly on: 01392 879438 - ask to chat to Ellie Woolway (Events and Sales Co-Coordinator).
The optics demonstration day will be held in the Ham Wall Welcome Centre, in the reserve's car park, BA6 9SX.
** If you’d like to know a bit more detail about our optics range before attending the event, please contact us at the RSPB Shop at Darts Farm on: 01392 879438. We can let you know exactly what we’ll be bringing along - you can even request specific products for us to bring, which we’ll happily keep reserved for you, so that you are guaranteed to give them a road test on the demo day. **

Social Evening with Free Buffet | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Social Evening with Free Buffet

  • Feb 22nd 2018
  • Time: 19:30
  • Type: Misc.
  • Organiser: SOS

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Come and meet other birders for a social evening!
Free event. All are welcome. A buffet will be available.
Venue: Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton TA3 5JD

Introduced Birds and Other Species: Increased Biodiversity or a Conservation Nightmare? | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Introduced Birds and Other Species: Increased Biodiversity or a Conservation Nightmare?

  • Feb 21st 2018
  • Time: 19:30
  • Type: Talk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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Dr. Colin Ryall recently retired from university, where he lectured in ecology and the environment. He has travelled abroad extensively, working for eight years in Africa, and leading natural history field trips. His main research topic was invasive species and their effect on the local fauna and flora. In particular, Colin's studies on introduced species have inspired his interest on 'gardening for wildlife'. This, as you will realise links serendipitously with the subject of last month's talk.
Location: St Andrews Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down, Bath BA2 5QA.
Price: £3.00 non local group members, £2.00 members, accompanied Children - free.
Telephone: 01225 428617, e-mail: linda@lindaadams.plus.com


 

Dawn Explosion at Ham Wall - FULLY BOOKED | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Dawn Explosion at Ham Wall - FULLY BOOKED

  • Feb 18th 2018
  • Time: 07:00-09:00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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The starlings murmurations at the Avalon Marshes are a wonder of the natural world with over half a million birds roosting in the reed beds. But have you ever wondered what this number of birds looks like when they wake up? Come along on an early morning stroll to the roost site and watch as the whole flocks takes to the air. A truly unmissable sight!
Price: £6 adult non-member / £4 adult member / £3 child non-member / £2 child member.
Booking essential. Telephone: 01458 860494 or e-mail: ham.wall@rspb.org.uk
Meet at the Welcome Building - in the Ham Wall car park, BA6 9SX.
Please bring waterproofs, wear warm clothing and stout footwear or wellingtons.

Big wetland duck watch | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Big wetland duck watch

  • Feb 17th 2018
  • Time: 10:00-12:00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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In the winter tens of thousands of ducks and waders visit the fields at West Sedgemoor.  Along with the chance to see hunting marsh harriers and peregrine falcons and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Somerset cranes, this all makes for an unmissable experience. Join local RSPB guides for a rare opportunity to witness this wildlife spectacle.
Location: Postcode: TA10 0PH
Price: £6 non-member /£4 member / £3 child non-member / £2 child member. Booking essential. Directions will be provided when booking. Payable on the day.
For bookings: Telephone: 07774 620879 or  E-mail: west.sedgemoor@rspb.org.uk.
Binoculars and telescopes available.  Be sure to wear warm clothing and stout footwear (walking boots or Wellingtons).

Field Trip: Arne RSPB Reserve, near Wareham | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Field Trip: Arne RSPB Reserve, near Wareham

  • Feb 17th 2018
  • Time: 10.00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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We will spend the day walking around the reserve looking for winter waders and raptors. There is a café on site for those who want to buy refreshments at lunchtime.
Meet at the RSPB car park, location: OS Map 195 Grid Ref: SY 972 878 Postcode: BH20 5BJ.
Price: Free for group members and under 18s. £4 for adult non-members.
Telephone: 07803 928717, e-mail: birders@csndesk.plus.com

Patagonia - A South American Wilderness | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Patagonia - A South American Wilderness

  • Feb 15th 2018
  • Time: 19:30
  • Type: Talk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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An illustrated talk presented by our members Lynn and Steve Osborne. We will join them on their trip to Patagonia - a wilderness of glaciers, mountains and spectacular coastlines in the southern part of Argentina and Chile. It truly is an amazing place with a vast range of wildlife from southern right whales, elephant seals and penguin colonies to guanaco, mountain lions and parakeets, to name but a few!
Location: Millennium Hall, Seavington Postcode: TA19 0QH
Price: Local Group Members £2.50, Non Members (including national RSPB members) £3.50 and Under 18's Free.
Telephone: 01460 240740 e-mail: denise.chamings@talktalk.net

West Sedgemoor RSPB | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

West Sedgemoor RSPB

  • Feb 10th 2018
  • Time: 10.00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: SOS

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Leaders Nigel and Elaine Smith.
Meet Dewlands Farm Farm, ST381 265, TA10 OPH
There will be a small charge. Numbers limited, please book.
For bookings, please contact Alison Everett at alison.everett@somersetbirding.org.uk

Big wetland duck watch | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Big wetland duck watch

  • Feb 3rd 2018
  • Time: 10:00-12:00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

Event Details - Get Directions on Google Maps

In the winter tens of thousands of ducks and waders visit the fields at West Sedgemoor.  Along with the chance to see hunting marsh harriers and peregrine falcons and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Somerset cranes, this all makes for an unmissable experience. Join local RSPB guides for a rare opportunity to witness this wildlife spectacle.
Location: Postcode: TA10 0PH
Price: £6 non-member /£4 member / £3 child non-member / £2 child member. Booking essential. Directions will be provided when booking. Payable on the day.
For bookings: Telephone: 07774 620879 or  E-mail: west.sedgemoor@rspb.org.uk.
Binoculars and telescopes available.  Be sure to wear warm clothing and stout footwear (walking boots or Wellingtons).

Starling Spectacular at Ham Wall - Special World Wetlands Day Walk - FULLY BOOKED | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Starling Spectacular at Ham Wall - Special World Wetlands Day Walk - FULLY BOOKED

  • Feb 2nd 2018
  • Time: 14:00-16:00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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Winter is an amazing time of the year on the Avalon Marshes. Join our guided walk leaders on World Wetlands Day as they go in search of some of the fantastic wildlife that makes Ham Wall its home during the winter. We will be looking out for fishing great white egrets, dabbling ducks, gliding marsh harriers and, of course, the ever elusive bittern, finishing with watching thousands of starlings streaming out of the sky into their night time roosts. A mesmerizing sight!
Price: £6 non-member / £4 member / £3 child non-member / £2 child member.
Booking essential. Telephone: 01458 860494 or e-mail: ham.wall@rspb.org.uk.
Please be sure to wear suitable stout footwear and dress for the weather. Toilets on site.
Meet at the Welcome Building in the Ham Wall car park BA6 9SX.

 



 

Telescope and Binocular Open Day | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Telescope and Binocular Open Day

  • Jan 27th 2018
  • Time: 10:00-16:00
  • Type: Misc.
  • Organiser: RSPB

Event Details - Get Directions on Google Maps

Time for some new optics?  Head down to our Ham Wall nature reserve to meet our friendly experts for advice and to try a few optics out!
Knowledgeable experts from the RSPB Shop in Darts Farm Exeter will be on site to guide you through our range of binoculars, telescopes, tripods and accessories. Just drop in any time between 10.00 am-4.00 pm. We would love to see you! (Cash and card payments accepted).
There will also be a range of seasonal items from the shop available to purchase on the day, such as bird feeders, bird food, cards, wrapping paper, diaries and calendar's. If you would like to know what additional items will be brought, or to request any specific items, please contact the shop directly on: 01392 879438 - ask to chat to Ellie Woolway (Events and Sales Co-Coordinator).
The optics demonstration day will be held in the Ham Wall Welcome Centre, in the reserve's car park, BA6 9SX.
** If you’d like to know a bit more detail about our optics range before attending the event, please contact us at the RSPB Shop at Darts Farm on: 01392 879438. We can let you know exactly what we’ll be bringing along - you can even request specific products for us to bring, which we’ll happily keep reserved for you, so that you are guaranteed to give them a road test on the demo day. **


 

COACH TRIP - Portland and Weymouth | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

COACH TRIP - Portland and Weymouth

  • Jan 27th 2018
  • Time: 08:00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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Meet at Riverside/Avon Street car park at 08.00 and return around 18.00. Location BA1 1AL.
A joint trip with our Bath NATS members,led by Dave Newman, this popular coach outing is already booking well. Target birds: wintering divers, grebes, geese, ducks, reed-bed birds and bearded reedling.
Booking essential by coach booking form and prepayment. Price: TBC Coach fare £15.50?
Telephone: 07852 538451, e-mail: helen.daniels@blueyonder.co.uk


 

Birding in the Land of the Summer People | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Birding in the Land of the Summer People

  • Jan 25th 2018
  • Time: 19:30-21:00
  • Type: Talk
  • Organiser: SWT

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James Packer is an experienced birder and photographer and chairs the Rarities Committee of the Somerset Ornithological Society. His talk include plenty of photos of exciting bird sightings in Somerset.
St Catherine’s Church Hall, Park Road, Frome BA11 1EU.
Contact: Mick Ridgard, Tel: 01373 463875, or email: mridgard@sky.com.
Cost: Members £2.50/Non-members £3/Children & Students £1.

The Role of the Forestry Commission | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

The Role of the Forestry Commission

  • Jan 25th 2018
  • Time: 19:30
  • Type: Talk
  • Organiser: SOS

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A talk by Nick Salter, Area Forester for Somerset.
Free event. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Venue: Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton TA3 5JD

Field Trip: Catcott SWT Reserve and Greylake RSPB Reserve | Events | Somerset Ornithological Society

Field Trip: Catcott SWT Reserve and Greylake RSPB Reserve

  • Jan 21st 2018
  • Time: 10.00
  • Type: Walk
  • Organiser: RSPB

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We will visit the lower hide hoping to see a good range of wildfowl and raptors. In the afternoon we will visit Greylake where, weather permitting, we will walk around the reedbed and to the hides.
Location: OS Map 182 Grid Ref: ST 400 417. Meet in the Somerset Wildlife Trust car park at Catcott. Postcode: TA7 8NQ (Note that the postcode gives an approximate location only).
Price: Free for group members and under 18s. £4 for adult non-members.
Telephone: 07803 928717, e-mail: birders@csndesk.plus.com

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