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.


Saturday 13th October   Dumbleton Hill  9 am
A bird meeting on the northern edge of the county.  A mixture of hills and woods in which to look for migrants like Redstart and Wheatear, and farmland birds in the low-lying area by the River Isbourne.  Park on the main street north of the church at SP017361.  Leader: Tim Hutton.

Sunday 21st October   Purton, 2 km N of Sharpness   10.30 – 13.00.
A general interest meeting by the Severn foreshore alongside the Purton Hulks. SO6920 0417. Leader Andrew Bluett, 07584 689090.

Throughout November    WINTER BIRD SURVEY
This long-term survey now enters its fifth year.  Anyone can take part – it’s a good introduction to wildlife surveying and a chance to go to places in Gloucestershire you’d never thought to visit.  For details email  glosbirdsurvey@btinternet.com   If you’ve previously taken part you will be contacted again in October.

Sunday 18th November    Hawling/Sevenhampton  9:30 am
The first of the winter (9:30 a.m) bird meetings.  Golden Plover and flocks of winter thrushes and finches are to be found in this exposed area of high wold farmland.  Meet at Hawling church SP063209. For extra parking, the road west widens out just round the corner.

Sunday 25th November   Lower Moor Farm, Cotswold Water Park   10.00 – 12.30.
A general interest meeting with the possibility of wintering wildfowl. From A419 follow the Spine Road towards Oaksey, and look for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust sign on left, 1 km after Neigh Bridge Car Park. SU 0079 9386. Leader Ken Cservenka, 07722 113405.

Sunday 9th December    Bourton-on-the-Water – Gravel Pits  9:30 am
A meeting in the east of the county with a good selection of winter wildfowl and other river species such as Marsh Tit expected.  Red Kites have become regulars in the area and outnumber other raptors.  Meet in the lay-by on Rissington Road at SP180197.

Sunday 16th December   Coombe Hill Reserve   9.30 – 12.30.
A meeting to look for wintering birds (water levels dependent). Possible follow-up with seasonal visit to The Swan or similar. Follow the narrow lane alongside and SW of the Swan Inn at Coombe Hill traffic lights. CP at the bottom, SO886 272. Leader Mike Smart, 07816 140513.


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 at Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester, GL7 1JR. The hall is open from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Free to members. See below for directions.


Friday 12th October   Dr Lee Hayward
Fungi – The Forgotten Kingdom

Friday 9th November   Mike Lane
A Lane in Eastern Europe

Friday 14th December   Roberta Goodall
Birds and Wildlife of Namibia and Botswana


Friday 11th January   Jen Gilbert
Limestones Living Legacies – A Back from the Brink project

Friday 8th February   Andrew Bluett
Aliens – Wildlife that shouldn’t be here

Friday 8th 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 12th April  Sue Smith and Sue Dodd
Not so common on the commons.
A look at the rarer plants on the limestone grassland commons of Gloucestershire.


GNS Annual General Meeting

The Society’s 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester GL2 9EB at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 22nd March 2019.


Directions to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester

Map showing Holy Trinity Church, to which Watermoor Church Hall is attached
Route to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester from Bristol or Gloucester
Route to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester from Tetbury or Stroud


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.