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 8th October. Plustervine. A meeting planned to take advantage of the morning high tide, which is at 10.25am., when the estuarine birds are best seen. Meet at the railway crossing SO601991 at 9.30 am. Please bring suitable footwear. Leader Mike Smart. 01452 421131.

Sunday 22nd October. Buckholt Wood, Cranham. Beechwoods in Autumn. We will return here in early summer 2018 for a follow-up visit. Meet at the ‘pull-in’ on Sanitorium Rd, SO903134, between Cranham and Birdlip. 10.00-12:00. Leader Andrew Bluett , 07584 689090.

Sunday 26th November. Coombe Hill Reserve. A meeting to look at the wintering birds. Follow the narrow lane alongside and SW of the Swan Inn at Coombe Hill traffic lights. CP at the bottom, SO886272. 10.00–12.00 depending on water levels. Leader Mike Smart 01452 421131.

Saturday 9th December. Ashleworth Ham. A general meeting with a focus on the waterbirds on the reserve. Park at the hide, SO827264. 10.00–12.00 depending on water levels. Leader Mike Smart 01452 421131.


Saturday 13th January 2018, Cotswold Water Park
Winter wildfowl and general interest,  CWP West. Meet at Neigh Bridge car park, Somerford Keynes, just off Spine Road, SU018947. 11am-1pm. Leader: Ken Cservenka, 01285 656480 or 07722 113405.

Joint Meeting with Painswick Bird Club

Thursday 9th November, 7.30pm.
Ed Drewitt. Wildlife Of Spitzbergen
To locate our winter birds in the summer.

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 October 13th  Andrew Bluett & Mike Smart.
Wildlife photography and Curlew conservation, an update.

Friday  November 10th  Terry Wall.
A Wall in Bulgaria and Hungary.
Birds, Butterflies and Flowers.

Friday  December 8th  Oliver Smart
The Science and Beauty of Birds


Friday January 12th  Steve Watson
Peregrine Falcon. Ecology, Biology and Population dynamics.

Friday  February 9th  Andrew Bluett
Subject to be confirmed.

Friday  March 9th
Annual Business Meeting. Members night.
Photographic and artistic competitions.

Friday  April 13th    David Simcox
The History of the Large Blue in the Cotswolds and the re-introduction.

GNS Annual General Meeting

The Society’s 2018 Annual General Meeting – details to be announced. It will be held at Watermoor Church Hall, see directions below.

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 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

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.