GNS Field Meetings

The field meetings, unless stated below, will last about two hours and will be of general interest, including birds, botany, geology… whatever turns up. Stout footwear essential, and remember your hand-lens and binoculars. Post codes are sometimes provided to help satnav users get roughly to the right location, but please bear in mind that for rural locations these will only be approximate and you will still need to find the exact location from the grid reference.


Sunday 1st September. 09:00.  Nottingham Hill.
An outlier from the Cotswolds with views over the Vale and the chance of early migrants passing through. Also good for butterflies, including possible Chalkhill Blue and Wall Brown. Meet at 9am. Turn off opposite Cleeve Hill golf club onto Bushcombe Lane and park where it widens out beyond Longwood Farm at SO983279. Leader Andy Lewis, 07789 430441.

Thursday 19th September. 11:00. Urban Gloucester.
A Pot Luck recording meeting, second attempt as last years’ planned meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.  Meet at 11am by the entrance of the Waterwells Park and Ride on Telford Way, just off the A38 at Quedgely (SO809131, Satnav: GL2 2AB).   To our surprise, the car park hosts Cut-leaved Dead-nettle, Lamium hybridum.  There is a monad not recently recorded close by (for the morning) and we should be able to move towards town in the afternoon.  Bring lunch and suitable footwear.  Leader Clive Lovatt clivemlovatt@gmail.com 07851 433 920.

Saturday 28th September. 10.00 – 13.00. Purton, near Sharpness.
A meeting to look at Insects on Ivy. Meet in the car park by the upper swing bridge at Purton, SO692041. A short walk takes us to an ivy-covered wall. The meeting may move onto Sharpness if there is time.
Leader David Iliff. 01242 674398/07835 649321.

Sunday 13th October. 14:00, or 13:00 for lunch. Thames and Severn Canal, Stroud to Thrupp.
A walk along the canal towpath south of Stroud, primarily for aquatics and casuals from seed-mixes and dredgings.  Park in the London Road Council carpark behind the London Hotel – free on Sunday (SO852049, Satnav: GL5 2AJ). Afterwards, indoor identification of gatherings at the leader’s new home.  Horned Pondweed, Zannichellia palustris and a couple of charophytes should be found, together with Whorled Water-milfoil, Myriophyllum verticillatum.  Bring suitable footwear.  Leader Clive Lovatt clivemlovatt@gmail.com 07851 433 920.

Sunday 20th October. 9.30 until mid afternoon. Severnside including Severn Beach and Pilning Wetlands, South Gloucestershire.
This is one of the best places in South Gloucestershire to get close sightings of waders and other sea birds as they move from their roost. Predominantly saltmarsh and mudflats with some freshwater pools and a little scrub.
This could take much of the day including travel time, so we may visit one of the local cafes, but bring lunch – in case. Meet at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster SO770073 (Satnav: GL2 7PB]. We propose to lift share to reduce the number of cars travelling down the M5, and aim to return before 16.00. Please contact the Leader Rob Curtis 07746 191165 or email r.jcurtis@yahoo.com so we know the numbers attending.

 Tuesday 22th October. 14:00. Berkeley Estate Deer Park.
Meet at 2pm near Ham, just to the south of Berkeley at ST679982. The estate need to know approx. how many will be visiting to allow for parking, please contact Des Marshall by e-mail to catullus@uwclub.net or by text or phone to 07968 419813 to confirm if you are able to attend. A member of the estate will lead us on a walk and explain the history of the herd and the rutting behaviour.

November. The sixth winter of the Gloucestershire Winter Bird Survey takes place throughout the month. If you are already involved you will be contacted in October. If you would like to try it, contact glosbirdsurvey@btinternet.com

Sunday 3rd November. 10.30 – 13.00. Cannop Ponds, Forest of Dean.
An open-ended meeting to see what wildlife we can find on the ponds and in the surrounding woodlands. Meet in the car park at SO610106. Leader Andrew Bluett. 07584 689090.

Saturday 16th November. 09:30 – 12.30. Chastleton/Adlestrop/Daylesford.
The River Evenlode and its shallow valley, Adlestrop Park and the woods near Chastleton provide a good mixture of habitats. Route to be confirmed as the Evenlode sometimes floods at this time of year. Park in the Adlestrop Village hall car-park (donation required) on the road on the north side of the village at SP 242272. Leader: Martin Wright, 07881 855749.

Sunday 1st December. 09.30 – 12.30. Ripple
A foray (just) into south Worcestershire, to look at two former gravel pits on the east bank of the Severn, on either side of the M50, which hold water all the year round, which often attract birds from all over north Gloucestershire and south Worcestershire, when other areas are dry. Should be good numbers of geese, ducks and other wintering waterbirds at this time of year.

How to get there: take either the A38 northwards out of Tewkesbury, or the M5 northward, then west along the M50, leaving at Junction 1 and joining the northward A38. Take the A38 towards Worcester for about a mile, then follow signposts on the left to Ripple; go through Ripple to Uckinghall, and in the middle of Uckinghall village follow the signpost to the river. Follow a slightly rough track, then park by the Uckinghall Fishing Lakes at SO864376. From there we shall follow the public footpath down the Severn bank and under the M50 to look at the two lakes. Meet at 09.30, staying till 12.30. Leader Mike Smart, 07816 140513.

Sunday 8th December. 11.00 – 13.00. Edge Common/Haresfield Hill.
A general interest meeting for winter birds, trees and shrubs. Nationally important Beech woods, and the winter birds that feed on beech-mast and the Edge Common scrub.  Also views over the estuary and the Painswick valley.  Park in the Shortwood National Trust car-park SO832086 (£3 or Nat Trust members card). Leader Juliet Bailey: 01452 722310.

Please check here for additional meetings or last-minute changes, or contact Des Marshall, 01242 245143.


GNS Indoor Meetings at Cirencester

The series of indoor winter talks takes place on the second Friday in the month from October through to April. They are free to members. These are normally at Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester, GL7 1JR. The hall is next to Holy Trinity Church and access to the Hall car park is from Trinity Road. The hall is open from 7.00pm, meetings start at 7.30pm. See below for map and directions.

Some meetings are held at the Parish Rooms in Gosditch Street, Cirencester, GL7 2AG, close to the junction with Coxwell Street, as shown on the map. Parking is available in the Abbey Car Park off Dugdale Road, GL7 2DA – you can then walk through from Dugdale Road to Gosditch and Dollar Streets.   The hall is open from 7.00pm, meetings start at 7.30pm.

Route to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester from Bristol or Gloucester
Route to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester from Tetbury or Stroud

2019 Meetings at Watermoor Church Hall

Friday 11th October. Mike Robinson: The Beauty of Northumberland.
Find out more about this wonderful and often overlooked English county.

Friday 8th November. Steve Watson.
The Northern Goshawk, Accipiter gentiles.

Friday 13th December. Roberta Goodall.
Fishers, Peckers and Hummers.

2020 Meetings at Watermoor Church Hall

Friday January 10th Andrew Bluett.
A Different View of our World.

Friday 14th February. To be confirmed.

Friday 13th March.
Annual Business Meeting, Members Night, Photographic and Artistic Competitons. Also Cheese and Wine party. Please note the Business Meeting only takes up around 20 minutes.

Friday 3rd April. Oliver Smart.
Butterfly Britain: A photographic record of all the British species of Butterfly.


GNS Annual General Meeting

To be announced.


Other Meetings

Members may like to know of the following field meetings.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Events and surveys across the county. Contact David Dewsbury for details. Phone 01594 832068, mobile 07786 543961, email david.dewsbury@btinternet.com

Dean Fungus Group

The Dean Fungus Group http://www.deanfungusgroup.com/ runs forays throughout the year. Contact Keith or Valerie Davies for information on 01452 760278 or email email keith.val@hotmail.com

GNS Lichen Group

The Lichen Group meets once a month during the warmer months. New people, including beginners, always welcome. Lichen meetings begin at 11am and generally go on until about 4pm, though you are encouraged to stay for just as long as you wish. All you need is a x10 hand lens, and a picnic if you intend staying after lunch. To join the mailing list, email Juliet Bailey, glos.lichens@gmail.com
Maps and illustrations of Gloucestershire lichens are online at http://gloslichens.potsherd.net

Gloucestershire Invertebrate Group

The GIG has field meetings mainly at weekends from April to October. GNS members are welcome to come along and see what they do. Contact David Scott-Langley (01285 659631) for further advice. Look out for Invertebrate meetings during National Insect Week.

Gloucestershire Botanical Group

Contact Mark and Clare Kitchen for information. Phone 01453 810958, mobile on the day 07783 448203, email clareandmarkplants@yahoo.co.uk

All meetings are for botanical recording and will not have had a visit beforehand so the excitement of what we find is for all participants. We will identify as many plants as possible so suitable for learners and more experienced botanists. As well as the plants we are searching for we will record all we see.

Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group

The Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group meets monthly from October to April; see the British Bryological Society website for details.